Journalism / Government and Politics, Bachelor of Science / Master of Arts

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and SciencesCollege of Professional Studies
Queens Campus


Journalists who report on political affairs need both a thorough knowledge of government and politics and the skills to collect, analyze, and communicate relevant information. The dual B.S./M.A. program in Journalism and Government and Politics will allow you to complete both degrees in just five years of full-time study.

While still working toward your undergraduate Journalism degree, you’ll enroll in four approved graduate courses in Government and Politics. These courses will still apply to your bachelor’s degree if for any reason you do not wish to continue at the master’s level after four years.

Dean Contacts

Laura Schramm, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Graduate Division
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Molly Mann, M.L.S.
Assistant Dean, Graduate Division
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

College of Professional Studies
Undergraduate Division

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Please see the requirement chart for the academic progression criteria in this dual degree program.

You should apply to the dual B.S/M.A program during the second semester of your sophomore year, in consultation with your undergraduate advisor and the graduate deans. Qualified candidates for the program meet the same entrance requirements for all St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduate programs, which include an overall 3.0 undergraduate GPA and a minimum 3.5 GPA in at least four undergraduate courses in Government and Politics. You are expected to maintain grades commensurate with the requirements for entry into this dual degree program while enrolled.

During your fifth year of study, you may qualify for a graduate assistantship.

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Career Outcomes

In the dual B.S./M.A. program in Journalism and Government and Politics, you’ll learn to gather and communicate information about all kinds of news, and will be especially well-versed in the role of government and the political process in today’s society. Your dual studies will allow you to conduct insightful interviews, gather pertinent information, and present that information to a worldwide audience. The knowledge and skills you’ll gain through the program will allow you to pursue careers related to government, media, foreign policy think tanks, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, international news agencies, and more.

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