APPLICATIONS FOR 2014 ARE CLOSED.
The next intake is February 2015
You can apply online or at the Enrolment Centre, Senate House
Applications open from July 2014
Deadline September 30 for all applicants
WHO SHOULD APPLY
The Masters degree is open to:
Journalists who have an Honours degree in journalism (or equivalent) and at least two years professional experience;
Working journalists with more than five years experience, who have a four-year degree in any field.
The Masters can be taken full-time (one year) or part-time (two years). Students must take three courses and produce a research report of about 25 000 words. Students are required to take the core course, Media and Society, then choose two optional courses. The optional courses and the research need to reflect whichever stream or specialisation students have chosen.
BURSARIES AND FUNDING
A number of bursaries have been sponsored by outside sponsors to fund all or part of the Masters degree. For more information on those, click here. The university also offers some funding support to certain categories of students, see here. In South Africa, many media companies provide loans or bursaries to their staff in degree programmes.
REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIALISATIONS AND TOPIC AREAS
Media and Society, Investigative Journalism A and Investigative Journalism B.
Research report on an investigative topic
Media and Society, Financial Journalism, The Story of Money
Research project on financial or economic topic.
If the student has done Financial Journalism courses at the Honours level, he or she can
substitute an appropriate option, with permission from the specialisation convener.
Financial journalism can only be taken part-time.
Media and Society and Development Communication
By arrangement with the specialisation convener, a third course
can be chosen from Journalism or from other postgraduate options.
Research report on a development communication topic.
Courses: Media and Society, Media Law and Ethics and a third optional course, from Journalism or other postgraduate options. The third course will be chosen in consultation with the specialisation convener. In addition, a research report in the field of ethics will be undertaken.
Media and Society, Creative Writing for Journalists, and an option from Wits writing or journalism courses.
Research report on an aspect of creative non-fiction, literary journalism, or journalism editing and production. With permission from the convener, the candidate can opt for a writing project.
Seminars are mostly scheduled for weekday evenings to accommodate working students, while some are offered on a block-release basis - generally two weeks of full-time work (see timetable). The classes are made up of working journalists from a wide range of backgrounds and media, which results in a dynamic and exciting environment for discussion and debate.
(Please note that not all these courses are offered every year, depending on student demand and teacher availability. Please check what is offered from year to year.)
For one of the optional courses, students may also select a course from the vast range offered at Masters level at the university, subject to the approval of the Masters co-ordinator or specialisation convener. These options may include courses in history, politics, economics, science, sociology, languages or literature.
An Honours degree in Journalism and Media Studies (or equivalent) with at least 65 percent average, and at least two years experience working as a journalist;
65 percent average in previous Honours degree in any field, and five years experience in journalism. Students may be required to pass an entrance test. Applicants who did not receive 65% or more for their Honours research project may be required to do a research course as a prerequisite.
HOW TO APPLY
For information about the Masters degree, and whether you are eligible or not, please contact us. However, once you have decided you would like to apply for the programme, you need to do that through the university's official structures. You can apply online here, or you can go to the Enrolment Centre, Senate House, to fill in a hard copy application form.
Along with the form, you should provide a work history or short cv, and a copy of your Honours research project or long essay. Please provide your supporting documents before the deadline for applications closes,as we cannot make a decision without them.
Applicants may be required to write entrance tests or language tests. Places in the programme are limited and late applications will not be considered.
For international journalists, applications must be in by August 31. All other applicants should submit by September 30.
For students completing an Honours degree, the applications should also be submitted by September 30, but decisions will only be provisonal until your final results become available.
There is no mid-year admission for the Masters programme.
Fees for the Masters degree (three courses and the research report) are about R22 000. Please check the university website for the latest information. International students pay a special fee. Please click here for information on the special circumstances of being a foreign student at Wits.
Bursaries are available for Masters students who are interested in focussing on research on China-Africa. See here for contact information.