The New School for Social Research

Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism


  • Course Requirements, Credits, and Grades

    The master's candidate must successfully complete 30 credits. There are three required core courses and one required elective; for the remaining six courses, students can consult with faculty across The New School to design an individual path of study. A grade average of 3.0 or above is required.

    Transfer Credit

    A maximum of three credits taken at another university can be applied toward the credit requirement for the master's degree. The candidate must complete 27 credits at The New School for Social Research. Forms for requesting transfer of credit are available in the University Records Office.

    Core Program

    Please go to the University Course Catalog to view Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism courses for this and upcoming semesters.

    One writing-intensive course, such as:

    • Freedom by Design: An Introduction to Modernity
    • Truth, Deception, and Self-Deception in Politics and Journalism 
    • Writing the Other
    • Cultural Criticism

    Capstone Project

    In addition to meeting the requirements described above, the candidate for the continuing MA will complete an individual capstone project, usually elaborated in the context of the Multimedia Publishing, Production, and Writing Lab, which may consist of a final piece of criticism, reflective essay, news article, example of design work, or portfolio that documents editorial or production work done in the program.

    Students must consult with the department's student advisor for approval of an individual path of study.