Journalism - A6008


Expert master degree

The journalist of the future will play a crucial role in society by scrutinising and holding to account those in power, shedding light on systemic failings, and finding the truth. If you want to enter this exciting and rapidly changing industry, or you're a media practitioner seeking to extend your expertise or refresh the intellectual basis of your practice, the Master of Journalism is a perfect choice.

You will work with award-winning journalists and academics with outstanding industry links, achieve expert skills in research and reporting in print, digital, radio and video, and explore the media's evolving role in society.

Focussed on career outcomes, the journalismprogram has the strong backing of the university, with nearly $3 million dedicatedto new facilities and state-of-the-art equipment in 2015.

Ledby award-winning media practitioners and academic staff, students buildpractical and applied skills in all media forms. Embeddedrelationships with the media industry flow from the senior editorialbackgrounds of key staff. The Master of Journalism offers internshipopportunities in a wide range of media outlets, from mainstream newspapers toniche websites specialising in areas such as politics, arts or fashion.

Youwill build your understanding of a globally evolving industry through internationalcollaborative engagement with research institutes and centres for investigativejournalism in the USA, including the Center for Investigative Reporting in SanFrancisco and the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, DC.

Monashjournalism graduates are smart, skilled and ready. Media employers seek themout –and graduates have found work with TheAge, ABC Radio, and national, community and regional newspapers acrossAustralia. Their skills are also in demand in other industries, includingpublic relations, communication, editing, publishing, digital and video/audioproduction.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
  • Off-campus: Full time & part time
Duration 1 year/1.5 years/2 years (full time), depending on prior qualifications. See entry requirements.
Start date First Semester (February), Second Semester (July)
Qualification Master of Journalism
See course requirements

Study Journalism at Monash

Work with award-winning journalists and academics with strong industry links as they cultivate high-level research and reporting and explore the role of media in society.

Industry Engagement

We have strong relationships with the media industry, in many cases stemming from the senior editorial backgrounds of key staff. Our program offers industry engagement and internship opportunities in a wide range of media outlets.

“I’m originally from China and I’m now working at SBS. I think Monash University helped me to become a working journalist because it has lots of great teachers who are willing to help you. For international students, there is an international student co-ordinator who can provide consultations regarding assignments and also some pressing personal issues.” - Mo Lin, S…

“Not only did I learn practical techniques, but I also benefited from the wealth of knowledge and quality of teaching presented by my lecturers (who were experts in the industry), which they delivered with a personal touch; they were encouraging, genuine, and inspiring, which I am extremely grateful for.” - Holly Humphries, winner of the Walkley Student Journalist o…

Research-led teaching

Journalism is multi-disciplinary and Monash staff are active researchers in a range of fields. For example, discipline head Assoc. Professor Philip Chubb recently published a book (Power Failure, Black Inc., 2014) on the inside story of climate politics in the Rudd/Gillard years.

International Opportunities

The Monash Journalism program is deeply collaborative. We have links with Research Institutes and Centres for Investigative Journalism in the USA, including the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco and the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, DC.

We are offering a field trip to New York and Washington from 2015 to spend time at outlets such as the New York Times, Buzzfeed, CNN and other new and established journalism outlets.

Students will also spend time on Capitol Hill.

We have continuing links for student and staff exchanges with European universities.

We are also prominent participants in the Australian Consortium for In-country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) program.

This program gives students the opportunity to gain experience in professional media outlets in Indonesia.

Double Masters

Want to further target your interests and career aspirations?

Monash Journalism now gives you the option of undertaking either a double Masters in Journalism and International Relations.…

Student Publishing

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Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements


Depending on prior qualifications:

Entry level 1:

Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time (96 points to complete)

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) withat least credit (60%) average, or qualification/experience or satisfactorysubstitute that the faculty considers to be equivalent.

Entry level 2:

Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time (72 points to complete)

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences with at least credit (60%) average, or qualification/ experience or satisfactory substitute that the faculty considers to be equivalent


An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent)and an Australian graduate certificate (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline includinghumanities or social sciences with at least credit (60%) average in bothqualifications, or qualification/experience or satisfactory substitute that thefaculty considers to be equivalent.

Entry level 3:

Duration: 1 years full-time, 2 years part-time (48 points to complete)

An Australian undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent)in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences with at least credit (60%) average, or qualification/experience or satisfactory substitute that the faculty considers to beequivalent.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: A6008

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

The course is structured in three parts. Part A. Foundations for advanced journalism studies, Part B. Core Master's study and Part C. Advanced expertise.  All students complete Part B.  Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A or Part C or a combination of the two.

[Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.]

Partner with another course

Double degree courses allow you to study towards two different degrees at the same time, and graduate with two separate qualifications. And because a required subject in one course can count as an elective in the other, our double degrees take up to two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.