Joint Master in Journalism and International Affairs

   

Program Objectives

Launched in September 2011, this four-semester Master’s programme entirely in English leads to a Master’s degree in Journalism from the Sciences Po School of Journalism, and a Master’s degree from the Paris School of International Affairs.

The Joint Master in Journalism and International Affairs reinforces the complementary approaches of International education and practical apprenticeship of Journalism. The four-semester Joint Master program is one of a kind among European schools.  Esteemed international scholars, leaders in international Affairs, and renowned professionals from the media combine a wide and varied curriculum. Designed for students who are interested both in Journalism and International Affairs, the Joint Master programme requires the completion of courses in the PSIA curriculum and in the Journalism curriculum. 

The Sciences Po School of Journalism combines practical journalism training with advanced academic instruction in the social sciences and international affairs. In the face of recent technological changes and globalization, the School of Journalism has three goals. First, to educate future journalists to analyze and understand the complex world they will report on, in a field where precision, analytical rigor, and intellectual integrity are indispensable. Second, to cover crucial information and events that have decisive roles in society. And third, to prepare students for the digital age, thinking about changes in technology and their impacts on the evolution of journalism.

Main Orientations and Specific Features

Paris School of International Affairs

The Joint Master students in Journalism and International Affairs will ultimately graduate from one of the 7 Master’s programs offered by PSIA in the most salient fields of international affairs:

  • Environmental Policy
  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Action
  • International Development
  • International Economic Policy
  • International Energy
  • International Public Management
  • International Security

Joint Master students will also select one concentration to complete at PSIA

Additionally, as part of their curriculum at PSIA, Joint Master students will complete:

  • 2 courses from the Sciences Po Common Curriculum (12 ECTS)
  • 1 skills course ( 4 ECTS)
  • 7 courses in their PSIA master (28 ECTS)
  • 3 courses in their regional concentration (12 ECTS)
  • 3 language courses

Students in the joint master complete four academic semesters in Paris, with internship opportunities in the summer.

Sciences Po School of Journalism

Students attend workshops in journalism (Reporting and Writing, Multimedia storytelling, long form journalism, TV News, TV Reporting, editorial meeting, radio writing and production techniques, producing multimedia and videos online), and intensive workshops during which they produce information on International issues and experience the context of working in a newsroom's real conditions. 

  • Students are required to complete a 10-weeks credit-bearing internship at the end of Semester 2 (from May to the end of August) and a 10-weeks internship at the end of Semester 4. 
  • During their second year, students complete a master's project (3 weeks of coverage on a story defined with the help of a professional) and the "Grand Oral" of Sciences Po.

Career Openings

Digital journalism, print press, TV, and radio, as well as public relations and press offices of NGOs, governments, and international organizations.

Student Profiles

The program is very selective since it takes only 15 students per year. The aim is to mix remarkable personalities among students from various intellectual, geographical, academical and personal backgrounds and origins. 

  • Candidates must be proficient in English, with a minimum level of C1
  • Good knowledge of international and diplomatic issues, good knowledge of the news and the media 
  • Excellent academic records 
  • International experience 
  • Internship or professional experience (School of Journalism requirement)

Given that a full course of study can be taken in English within the Joint Master, there is no minimum level of French required for admission. It is however highly recommended that candidates have at least a B1 level in French, that they will seek to strengthen during their studies, in order to be able to work in a French-speaking environment and produce work in the French language.

Special Application Process for the Joint Master in Journalism and International Affairs:

International Applicants (BA was obtained abroad)

Please submit the "international graduate admissions application form"

  • a scanned copy of your updated CV/Resume
  • a scanned copy of your transcript from your undergraduate degree
  • a scanned copy of your English language qualification (for exceptions, please click here)
  • three letters of recommendation (2 academic references + 1 professional reference)
  • links to audio and video clips or Word/scanned document of articles/stories (optional)

Students whose application form has been selected will be interviewed in May 2017. Please note that the interview may take place via Skype if students are abroad.

For information concerning the international graduate admissions process, please visit International Admissions.

Students from Sciences Po

Please complete the application form available online and submit the required documents: more info

Students currently in their third year of higher education in France

Students who submitted an application form for PSIA or the Sciences Po Journalism School and who underwent a series of written exams are the only ones who can apply for the dual degree. 

If you pass the first series of exams (minimum score 10/20), you will be selected for an interview to discuss your personal goals during 45 minutes with a committee consisting of two professional journalists, chaired by a member of the executive board of Sciences Po School of Journalism. 

For specific questions on the joint master admissions procedure not answered by these web resources, please go to the Admissions web site: www.sciencespo.fr/admissions/en/content/contact-us-1187

For questions on the academic program at the Sciences Po School of Journalism, please contact: Aurore Le Grix de la Salle aurore.legrixdelasalle@sciencespo.fr.

2017-2018 Programs