We are pleased to welcome you to our new Master’s program in Journalism. As one of AUCA’s oldest departments, the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications (JMC) has been training and educating competent journalists and media professionals since 1997, and since 2017 we can now leverage our experience to help advance adult students in the next stage of their careers.
Our alumni have worked as reporters, staff writers, editors, public relations and communications specialists in a range of local and international organizations including the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, NTS TV, NBT TV, Pyramida TV, 5 Kanal, Raketa TV, Vecherny Bishkek, Internews, Associated Press, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (Radio Azattyk), EurasiaNet.org and NewEurasia Citizen Media, as well as international organizations such as Helvetas, the Soros Foundation, the Eurasia Foundation, GIZ and the Deutsche Welle Akademie. Kadyr Toktogulov, ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United States of America, is one of our most distinguished alumni.
Our Master’s program offers many opportunities for media professionals, academic researchers, educators and recent graduates to expand their education and training within fields of journalism, mass communications and media studies. The courses offered cultivate strong research, analytical and multimedia skills that shall inevitably prove advantageous to both media professionals and students interested in potentially pursuing doctoral studies.
The program also enables students whose undergraduate major may not have been journalism and mass communication to gain a skills- and theory-base for new careers as media professionals.
Our curriculum is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed for modern journalists to tell stories across all platforms in a converged news environment.
Our department is committed to teaching you the skills and tools of journalism and mass communications to meet the highest standards of the industry, whether in Central Asia and beyond.
Our courses take place within an intellectually-stimulating, well-resourced learning environment, with strong links to media and communications industries, policy-makers and civil society. Coursework includes cutting-edge topics such as data journalism, data visualization and storytelling, application development, online design and publishing, coding, media management, gender and media, media research methods and audience analysis.
You will have access to our worldwide network of media professionals, as well as valuable information in English, opportunities to learn in international organizations and local media agencies, as well as in international seminars, trainings and workshops.
You will also have the opportunity to apply for grants and scholarships to support research projects and investigative journalism.