MASTER OF ARTS IN JOURNALISM PROGRAM

Discover the pulse of journalism excellence with the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) Graduate School's Master of Arts in Journalism Program. Crafted for professionals immersed in the dynamic landscape of media and communication, this program empowers individuals across all channels—be it traditional newspapers, online platforms, television, radio, or the ever-evolving realm of social media.

Focused on honing both knowledge and skills, our program equips students with the tools to navigate news development, analyze current journalistic issues, scrutinize industry practices, and seamlessly integrate cutting-edge ICT into newsroom operations.

Led by a distinguished faculty comprising renowned academics, communication specialists, seasoned print and broadcast journalists, and ICT experts, our program cultivates an environment ripe for intellectual growth and professional advancement.

Join us at AIJC Graduate School and embark on a journey to redefine journalism excellence, where tradition meets innovation and every story finds its voice.

Applicants for admission to the AIJC Graduate School may be admitted after satisfying the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism or communication
  • Work experience in any communication-related job
  • Accomplished GS Online Application for Admission Form [Link Here] with attached documents:
    • Updated comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
    • Soft/Scanned Copy of Original Transcript of Records from previous college/University
    • Soft/Scanned Copy of School Diploma from previous college/University
    • Two letters of recommendation from previous professors and/or employers
    • Hi-Resolution 1×1 ID picture with white background
    • Proof Payment for PhP1,050.00 Admissions Fee (Bank Details will be in the Link)
  • 1-on-1 Admission Test and Interview [To be Scheduled]

In addition, Foreign students should present a Certificate of Eligibility and Study Permit from the Department of Education, and a copy of their Alien Certification and Registration.

Transferees may submit a true copy of their grades for assessment; relevant courses may be credited toward the AIJC program they want to pursue.

HOW IT WORKS

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We want to make it easy yet still comprehensive and hands-on by leveraging digital tools to aid in your admission journey.

Step 1: Accomplish the GS Online Application Form and submit the required documents [Link Here]

Step 2: Once confirmed, our Admissions Officer will verify your Interview and Entrance Exam Schedule via Mobile/Email.

Step 3: Ace the 1-on-1 Live Online Test and Interview (allot 2 hours).

Step 4: When you succeed, you will receive an Acceptance Letter (which would contain the Enrollment Rates) and a Conforme which you’ll need to sign and send a copy to our admissions officer.

Step 5: Process the Tuition Fee Payment via Bank Transfer and send Proof of Payment via Mobile/Email to our admissions officer.

Step 6: Once all is done, you’ll receive the Schedule of Classes and an exclusive invitation to join the AIJC MS Teams App Group.

*Check the Enrollment Schedule Here.

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Ladderized Program

AIJC’s ladderized Master’s Program enables the student to acquire knowledge and skills in journalism and communication at three levels:

  • Graduate Certificate
  • Graduate Diploma
  • Master’s Degree

The courses are clustered, giving the student a set of usable skills, and in-depth knowledge about a specific area as they proceed from one level to the next.

Courses are taught in the blended mode, combining face-to-face and online methods. Course content integrates research outputs of AIJC’s research and development project

Graduate Certificate

First 15 Units

Graduate Diploma

Second 12 Units

Master’s Degree

Final 12 Units

Program Syllabus and Schedule

Graduate Certificate

  • Craft of Communication (Craft of Writing)

    3 Units

  • Communication Issues

    3 Units

  • Knowledge Management

    3 Units

Major Courses: (6 units)

Any two of the following:

  • News Development Techniques

    3 Units

  • Civic Journalism

    3 Units

  • Investigative Journalism

    3 Units

  • Economic and Finance Reporting

    3 Units

  • Science and Technology Communication

    3 Units

Graduate Diploma

Graduate Certificate(15 units) + 12 units

Required Major Courses (6 units)

  • Advanced Communication Theory

    3 Units

  • Information and Communication Technology Planning

    3 Units

Elective Courses (6 units)

Any two of the following:

  • Online Journalism

    3 Units

  • Broadcast Journalism

    3 Units

  • Photojournalism

    3 Units

  • Communication and Governance

    3 Units

  • Editorial Clinic

    3 Units

  • Communication Media Laws and Ethics

    3 Units

  • Development Communication

    3 Units

  • Development Environment of Communication

    3 Units

Master of Arts in Journalism

Graduate Certificate(15 units) + Graduate Diploma(12 units) + 12 units

  • Communication Research Methods

    3 Units

  • Statistics Applied to Communication

    3 Units

  • Thesis/Special Project

    6 Units

What You Get:

  • Schedule Online Live Sessions via Zoom Professional
  • Recorded Session Library Available
  • PDF E-Modules
  • AIJC E-Book Library
  • In-Person Huddles/Events
  • AIJC Hybrid Graduation Ceremony

Class Schedules:

  • Monday – Friday, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM to 12:00 NOON, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

*Manila, Philippine Time

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Courses Description

Craft of Communication (200)

The course is an innovative attempt to further develop in the student all the four primary communication skills—writing, speaking, listening, and reading. Writing and speaking skills are developed by most communication school curricula, since effective writing and speaking are obvious hallmarks of the superior communicator. But communication students get little direct guidance in developing their two other skills—listening and reading—although these are just as important because they enable the communicator to gather inputs for and feedback on their written and spoken communication. Hence, this course on the principles of the primary forms of human communication and their applications is being offered.

The course follows the seminar-workshop approach in which presentations or lectures by the faculty member are followed by hands-on exercises to enable students to apply the information and knowledge learned. After the course, the students are expected to have acquired a good grasp of the principles related to the primary communication skills, applied them successfully to specific communication situations, and internalized the methods involved for further development of these skills on their own. 

Advanced Communication Theory (201)

This course will attempt to cover the changing general conceptions of science as a whole and of the social science of human communication in particular, the beginnings of communication as a discipline (here and abroad) and a comparison of the eastern and western theories; the two worldviews, the five genres and the seven traditions in the field of communication theory including some of the theories illustrating these genres; basic concepts in theory construction and model building; the intertwining of theory and research and its application in the analysis of communication and information issues and problems. 

Communication Research Methods (202)

Formulation of a research problem, development of research design and methods; application of qualitative and quantitative research; problems of measurement; and data collection, processing, analysis and interpretation.  It also shows how to prepare research report – form, content, and style of presenting research to a particular audience.  Lessons on online research, use of computer in conducting and processing research data are also included.  Prerequisites: 201 and 203. 

Statistics Applied to Communication (203)

Basic statistical concepts and techniques applied to communication problems.  This course includes techniques of data collection, processing, presentations, analysis through descriptive and inferential statistics and interpretation.  The use of computer for statistical analysis and computation is also introduced. 

Communication Issues (204)

Everything is communication.  Hence, any phenomenon may be evaluated through the lens of a communication specialist.  This course introduces students to milestones and trends in communication.  Using tools of critical analysis, students will research on either a milestone or a current trend and present its evolution and its impact on Asia and on the Philippine Society. 

Who this MA is for

Investigative Journalists:

  • This program caters to journalists committed to uncovering truths, exposing wrongdoing, and holding power to account. It offers specialized training in investigative reporting techniques, data journalism, and ethical considerations, empowering journalists to produce in-depth, impactful stories that drive societal change.

Foreign Correspondents:

  • Journalists from international locations face unique challenges in navigating cultural differences, language barriers, and geopolitical complexities. This program provides coursework in cross-cultural journalism, and conflict reporting, equipping correspondents with the skills to provide accurate, nuanced coverage of global events.

Broadcast News Producers:

  • For professionals working in television and radio news production, this program provides advanced training in storytelling, scriptwriting, and multimedia journalism. It equips producers with the skills to craft compelling news content, adapt to evolving audience preferences, and deliver accurate, timely news coverage across broadcast platforms.

Community News Reporters:

  • Local news reporters play a vital role in covering community events, issues, and interests that may otherwise go unnoticed. This program offers specialized training in community journalism, investigative reporting at the grassroots level, and multimedia storytelling, empowering reporters to serve as trusted voices within their communities and drive positive change.

Digital News Editors:

  • In the digital age, news editors must navigate rapidly changing media landscapes, audience behaviors, and technological advancements. This program offers specialized coursework in digital newsroom management, audience engagement strategies, and content curation, empowering editors to lead newsrooms effectively in the digital era.

Media Ethics and Law Practitioners:

  • Professionals specializing in media ethics and law play a crucial role in upholding journalistic integrity, defending press freedom, and navigating legal challenges in media practice. This program provides coursework in media ethics, media law, and professional standards, equipping practitioners with the knowledge and skills to navigate ethical dilemmas and legal frameworks in journalism practice.

Aspiring Photojournalists:

  • Visual storytelling plays a crucial role in modern journalism, capturing attention and conveying complex narratives through images. This program offers specialized training in photojournalism techniques, multimedia storytelling, and ethical considerations, empowering visual journalists to produce compelling, impactful stories across print and digital platforms.

Feature Writers and Magazine Editors:

  • This program caters to journalists specializing in long-form feature writing and magazine editing. It offers advanced training in narrative journalism, feature story structure, and editorial decision-making, empowering writers and editors to produce compelling, in-depth articles and publications that resonate with readers.
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