Master Multimedia Storytelling

With the Master of Arts (MA) in Journalism at Hofstra University, you will develop advanced, multiplatform story-telling skills and have the opportunity to study in the nation's media capital, while getting exposure to a wide range of guest lecturers and successful alumni through various on-campus functions.

With the 30-credit program, which can be completed in as little as three semesters, students have the option to add a specialization in either Sports and Entertainment Journalism or Community and Investigative Journalism.

Hofstra's award-winning faculty will help you establish a solid foundation of reporting skills and build a portfolio of work across all media – digital, broadcast, and print - through on-campus media outlets, including The Hofstra ChronicleWRHU Radio, and the community news site, The Long Island Advocate

No GRE is required, and scholarships are available for qualified candidates. To find out more, email Program Director Chris Vaccaro.

Program Highlights

Program Details

Visit the Hofstra campus or connect with the graduate admission team. We will answer your questions and put you in touch with program faculty or degree candidates to learn more. Contact us at, or call 516-463-4723.

To be considered for the MA in Journalism program, you must have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.

Start your application online where you can upload the following documents:

  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. You may initially submit unofficial copies of your transcripts for your application review, but official transcripts will be required once you are accepted into the program.
  • Résumé that includes your professional experience.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • 500-750-word essay that describes your personal and educational history, past employment, volunteer work or related experience in the applicant's intended field of study, plans for graduate study and plans for a professional career.
  • Published newspaper, magazine, or online clips (strongly encouraged but not required).
  • Personal interview may be requested and can be conducted on campus, over the phone or via Skype.

Current Hofstra students interested in pursuing the dual MA/BA program are encouraged to connect with their academic advisor.  If you have questions please contact our graduate admission team at 516-463-4723 or

Visit the Journalism program page to learn more.

International students: This program requires a level of English proficiency equivalent to a 95 TOEFL. Please review additional admission requirements.

Apply to the MA in Journalism program at any time with our rolling admissions policy.

The MA in Journalism is awarded to students who successfully complete 30 credits of coursework. After completing a core of journalism ethics, reporting, writing and multimedia skills courses, you may pursue a specialization in either Sports and Entertainment Journalism or Community and Investigative Journalism.

Working closely with a graduate adviser, you will also produce a Capstone Project during your final semester. This project should be an extensive single article or a series of articles that thoroughly examine an issue.

Visit the Journalism program page to learn more.

Success Stories

Hofstra’s MA in Journalism program regularly puts students in the path of key influencers and executives at a range of media companies across the nation. Just ask Sara Whitman, who made a connection during the Hofstra in L.A. networking trip that helped her land her dream job as a production assistant at Entertainment Tonight.
Sara Whitman '19 | B.A./M.A. Journalism

Faculty Profiles

Kristal B. Zook

Kristal Zook, Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations is an award-winning journalist and author with 20+ years of experience. Her work has been in The Washington Post, Essence Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and many other outlets.


Chris R. Vaccaro

Chris R. Vaccaro, Assistant Adjunct Professor of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations and Director of Graduate Journalism Studies, is also Vice President of Digital News at Altice USA. A former editor at the New York Daily News and Aol, his work has also appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone and many other outlets.


Mario H. Gonzalez

Mario Gonzalez is an Emmy Award-winning Assistant Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations. He brings on-the-job experiences to the classroom as a senior video news editor for Long Island's Newsday and as a sports producer and traffic reporter.

Kristal B. Zook
Chris R. Vaccaro
Mario H. Gonzalez

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How to Apply

Earn the professional recognition and personal achievement you seek with a graduate degree from Hofstra University. Whether you study online or on campus, full or part time, you will benefit from small class settings with nationally recognized faculty and a community of peers all contributing to a transformative learning experience. Questions? Call 516-463-4723 or email our graduate admission team at