MA in Journalism

Master’s level of study specialising in Journalism

MA Journalism

The MA in Journalism is a 180 credit programme based on a virtual classroom system and is the only modular course of its kind in South Africa. Students are only required to visit Stellenbosch for specific periods during the programme for seminars. The course is particularly popular with mid-career professionals who want to extend their qualifications and enhance their careers. The SU allows two years for a student to complete a master’s degree – with the possibility to apply for an extension.

Gawie Botma

Programme Coordinator
Dr Gawie Botma
Tel: 021 808 3488

Admission requirements
Because of the multidisciplinary nature of a career in journalism, the requirement for entry is an honours degree in an appropriate area in the humanities, or any other honours degree plus five years practical experience in journalism. Students who qualify can also be admitted through the process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Entrance test
All applicants must write an entrance test in October to assess their research interest.

Course detail
The MA in Journalism is based on two selection structures as per module details below. The programme is based upon individual interaction between lecturer and student, but the attendance of residential seminars is compulsory. A thesis or mini thesis is done in one area of spescialition in which the topic is situated.

MA programme in Journalism (Code 38725 )
878 (180) (100% thesis) (MA after BA Honours degree)
888 (180) (50% thesis) (MA after BA Honours degree)

Option 878: 100% thesis after BA Honours (180 credits)
Compulsory module: 12834 Thesis (100%) (Journalism) 871 (180) (A/E)
NB: It is compulsory for students to attend the Theory and Method Review workshops during the first and second seminar week.

Option 889: 50% (90 credit) thesis (180 credits)
Compulsory modules
Theory and Method Review 871 (90) (E)
12834 Thesis (50%) (Journalism) 883 (90) (A/E)

The course work of the compulsory module is assessed through assignments and examination. Theses will be assessed according to the University’s guidelines.

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