Religion-Journalism Dual MA/MS Program

Program Category: Dual-Degree Program
Chair: Michael Como
Director of Graduate Studies: Clémence Boulouque
MA Advisor Program Director: Zhaohua Yang
Degree Programs: Full-Time/Part-Time: MA (housed in the Department of Religion in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences) and MS (housed in the Graduate School of Journalism)

This special program enables a small number of qualified candidates to receive two master's degree, one from Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism (MS) and the other from the Department of Religion (MA), in two years of study. 

Candidates must apply simultaneously to both the Journalism School and the Religion Department (through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences) and must indicate on each application their intention to pursue the dual program. Admitted students complete the Journalism program (a one-year degree program) in their first year. For the general requirements for the Journalism degree, click here

In the second year, students concentrate in the program in the Department of Religion. Students must complete successfully either Theory and Method in the Study of Religion I or II (G6101x or G6102y) and J6002y, section 008 (Covering Religion) offered by the Journalism School. The six credits earned through J6002y apply to the MA in Religion. For the general requirements for the Religion degree, click here.

Special Admissions Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed below, all students must submit one transcript showing courses and grades for each school attended, a statement of academic purpose, a writing sample (a course paper, term paper, etc.), a personal statement, and three letters of evaluation from academic sources. Students accepted into the program must submit official transcripts.

All international students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS.

For more information, refer to our Admissions Information and Frequently Asked Questions pages.

*GSAS will accept up to four recommendations, regardless of the number required by your program of interest. However, to be eligible for admission at GSAS, at least TWO letters must be submitted by academic recommenders.


Candidates must fill out applications for each program separately. See the links below to request an application or to apply online. Be sure to indicate your interest in the Journalism-Religion Dual MS-MA Program by choosing Religion/Journalism (RELJ) as your subfield.

Candidates interested in this program may contact the Office of Admissions ([email protected]) at the School of Journalism and Eric Meyer ([email protected]) at the Department of Religion. Apply online for the School of Journalism.