Master in global journalism

Study journalism in a global context

Global Journalism is a new master programme to be offered by NLA University College, Kristiansand, Norway. The programme opens on 24 August 2015 and will have a combination of international and Nordic students.

The study is organized as a 2-year programme with two semesters each year. The first semester (autumn) consists of mandatory courses in Norway.
The second semester (spring) is an optional study abroad semester, which alternatively can be spent in Norway. The third and fourth semesters are reserved for the master’s thesis, including preparation and field work for the thesis.

These are some of the topics to be studied in the MA programme in Global Journalism:

  • Megatrends in the global media landscape
  • Journalism in different parts of the world
  • Freedom of expression
  • How local media are affected by globalization  
  • New media tehnology and what it does to communication around the world


  • Places: 15. Up to half of the places are reserved for international applicants.
  • Language: All teaching is in English. Assignments can be written in English or a Nordic language.
  • Semester fee:  2.250 NOK per semester
  • Application deadline: 1th of February (international students) and 15th of April (Nordic students)

The programme is aimed at:

  • journalists and other media professionals who work in local, national or global media
  • communication workers, especially in internationally oriented organizations
  • persons in positions where knowledge of journalism and media is important, for example in political science, development studies, and the cultural industry
  • persons who intend to teach journalism and media studies on different levels in upper secondary school and in higher education

Admission requirements:

  • 3- or 4-year BA degree
  • The applicant’s undergraduate degree or education must include either:

    a)      a a  specialization of  at least 80 ECTS credits within Journalism, Media Studies, or another subject area with relevance for global journalism; or

    b)      an integrated degree in Journalism comprising of at least 120 ECTS credits.”

  • The average grade in the undergraduate study (BA) must be at least C according to the European ECTS grading scale (A–F). 
  • Foreign applicants should note that all students whose first language is not English, or who have not completed a major part of their schooling in English, must submit transcript, meeting the academic requirements and showing a proof of English language competency by completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (cf. GSU-list available at www.nokut.no). In order to qualify, students need to achieve a minimum score of 550 points on the TOEFL paper-based test or 80 points on the TOEFL Internet-based test, or a minimum score of 6.0 from the IELTS (academic) test.


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The application deadline is 1. February for international applicants. Next admission will open in November. For Norwegian residents and EU residents the application deadline is 15. April. Please use the online application form. To proceed in the application form, please choose “NLA Høgskolen” in the “Institusjon” drop-down menu, then click “Gå til pålogging”. On the next page, choose English in the drop-down menu to the left.

Below you find a screen shot of our online application form:

You can get additional assistance through Application Procedures or by contacting us at international@nla.no.