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Journalism, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, NJ,
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism at Montclair State University is designed to equip students with the skills to develop and deliver compelling, informative content for television, radio, the Internet and other forms of new media. 


As a Journalism major at Montclair State University, you will develop competencies in writing, research, and production techniques, as well as gain knowledge from a solid foundation of liberal arts courses. The program’s dedicated high-definition facilities represent what is current in the industry and enhance learning in a digital environment.

 Moreover, there are ample opportunities within the program to work on the development of multi-platform projects, including work with our media partners at the Center for Cooperative Media, the campus radio station, and the online news site WiredJersey to ensure a contemporary, innovative and well-rounded experience.

The Journalism curriculum includes courses in News Writing and Multimedia News Production which focus on the writing, reporting and producing elements of news programming that are applicable to studio news shows and interactive, digital platforms.  

Additional courses cover field production and editing, multimedia news production along with media history and criticism, and a required Ethics of Mass Communication course which analyzes the legal and ethical issues of the communications industry.

Career options:

  • Blogger
  • Breaking News Producer
  • Columnist
  • Editorial Content Manager
  • Field Reporter
  • Interactive Producer
  • Line or Field Producer
  • Media Content Curator
  • Multimedia Producer
  • News Writer
  • News Producer
  • Network Executive Producer
  • Production Manager
  • Social Media Editor
  • Video Editor
  • Web or Online Producer
  • Web Developer

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Communication and Media Arts 
  • Theorizing Communication and Media Arts
  • Writing for the Media
  • Transmedia Projects
  • Media Tech Toolkit
  • News Reporting: Print and Online
  • Writing/Reporting For TV and Radio
  • News Production Lab
  • Introduction to Field Production and Editing
  • Ethics of Mass Communication
  • Multimedia News Production
  • Communication and Media Coop Ed

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • High school GPA and the rigor of the courses taken
  • Strong letters of recommendation from teachers and/or counselors
  • Well-written, thoughtful admissions essay
  • A commitment to extra-curricular engagement (for example, community service, leadership in student organizations and athletics, performance and artistic activities, and part-time employment)
  • Standardized test scores.

Applicants for admission are expected to complete a minimum of 16 units of college-preparatory coursework as follows:

  • Four units of English.
  • Three units of mathematics (including Algebra, Geometry)
  • Two units of the same foreign language.
  • Two units of a laboratory science.
  • Two units of social sciences.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9460 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9460 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11132 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5566 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Montclair

  • 1673 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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