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Numerous data skills including: negotiating for and obtaining data, records and documents; cleaning data; building a data scraper; data analysis using Excel and SQL; mapping for analysis; building a data application; how to tell a story from data. See actual student projects that use these skills on our curriculum page.

All of our courses are inherently about reporting and storytelling. Students will become an experienced storyteller understanding when to use which multimedia platform to tell a story, as well as: gaining access to sources, building sources, beat reporting, refining story ideas, how to personalize a story, key investigative reporting techniques, telling national stories from a local angle, finding a unique angle to features and profiling an individual. Students learn to tell these stories via written form, audio, video and basic data visualization. See actual student projects that use these skills on our curriculum page.

Both types of these students succeed in our program. Students with journalism experience gain skills in data and coding, while students with technical expertise gain reporting and storytelling skills.

Our graduates are working at newsrooms across the world: from The Verge in San Francisco to The Washington Post in D.C. to the South China Morning Post. See our alumni page for more alumni stories.

By design, we aim to enroll between 14 and 18 students a year. Our students are not lost faces in a crowd: the beauty of our small size is students work closely with their professors and receive individualized attention to grow skill-sets.


One academic year, typically late-September through mid-June. Stanford runs on a quarter system, affording students the opportunity to take around 12-13 courses in a single academic year (spread over the fall, winter, and spring quarters).

Yes. We encourage students in the Journalism Program to take courses in statistics, coding and design thinking — or whatever matches your professional interests (subject to advisor approval).

Yes, it is a requirement for graduation. The project is a signature piece of journalism that involves deep reporting, long-form writing, and multimedia storytelling. We encourage projects that draw upon database reporting and data visualization tools and techniques, as well as those that experiment with non-traditional story forms. Students generally spend all of Spring Quarter working on the master’s project.

Some do, some don’t. We’re focused on finding candidates who represent the new breed of journalists, with a background and strong interest in data analysis, data visualization, software design, or multimedia storytelling.

Applicants are not required to take the GRE. Applicants whose first language is not English need to take the TOEFL exam.

See https://gradadmissions.stanford.edu/applying/starting-your-application/required-exams”.

Applicants who do not have a bachelor’s degree from a university based in the U.S. should review the information for international students to determine their eligibility to apply to graduate school at Stanford.

It depends. Stanford’s assessment of a foreign degree is based on the characteristics of a national educational system, the type of institution attended, and the level of studies completed.

To see if you’re eligible, see detailed information by country from the Office of Admissions: CLICK HERE.

If you are still unsure about your eligibility, please directly contact the Office of Graduate Admissions to explain your situation.

Yes. Almost every student completes a local or national internship, sometimes during the academic year, but often during the summer following graduation. Also, learn more about the Rowland and Pat Rebele Digital and Print Journalism Internship Program.

Most students prefer to live on campus. Stanford is a residential campus with very attractive housing options for graduate students.

To apply for our program, search for and choose “Communication MA” under the application’s program selection section.

The online application fee is $125 for all applicants, both domestic and international. If you are considering applying to Stanford graduate programs and need assistance with the application fees, consider applying for a fee waiver.

No. Journalism students take a full load of courses, which doesn’t allow time for an assistantship (usually 20 hours a week).

Yes. Thanks to the generosity of graduates and other friends of the program, we provide several partial tuition scholarships each year.

Many students also take advantage of the Rowland and Pat Rebele Digital and Print Journalism Internship Program, which provides stipends for select internship opportunities.

Decisions are usually made by March 1st. Please do not contact us prior to this date to check the status of your application.

Stanford University is located about 35 miles south of San Francisco and 20 miles north of San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley. Take a virtual tour of “The Farm.”


Absolutely. Contact us and we’ll arrange a very informative and busy day for you.

To graduate from the program, students need to earn at least 45 units. Typically, students enroll for the 11-18-unit rate ($18,105 per quarter for 2021-22) for all three quarters. With careful planning and by maxing out enrollment during the first two quarters, some students manage to only enroll for the 8-10-unit rate ($11,770 in 2021-22) in the spring.