Journalism / Sociology, Bachelor of Science / Master of Arts

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


Journalists who report on culture and society need to understand social movements, cultural practices that influence human behavior, and the structures that make up our society, They also need the research skills to collect, analyze, and communicate relevant information. The combined B.S./M.A. program in Journalism and Sociology will allow you to develop expertise in these areas and 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 Sociology. 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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You should apply to the combined 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 Journalism. You are expected to maintain grades commensurate with the requirements for entry into this combined 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 combined B.S./M.A. program in Journalism and Sociology, you’ll learn to collect, analyze, and report information about the cultural movements and structures that make up today’s global and diverse society. Your combined studies will allow you to conduct insightful interviews and understand the language and terminology used to describe social and cultural phenomena. You’ll also develop the research skills necessary to collect, analyze, and interpret large sets of data related to human behavior. The knowledge and skills you’ll gain through the program will allow you to succeed in careers related to media and journalism, social media, non-profit organizations, marketing, and public relations, to name just a few. 

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Success Story

Assistant dean in the College of Professional Studies

When Kevin James 11C, 13MBA was a student at St. John's University, he strived to integrate the...