August 30, 2017
ISLAMABAD – The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has given the go-ahead to the Institute of Business Administration and the Center for Excellence in Journalism to start a Master of Science in Journalism (MSJ).
HEC said in a letter it “has no objection on start of MS Journalism by the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi.”
The IBA and CEJ plan to start the Master’s program in January 2018 (spring semester). Its duration will be almost a year and a half and will include a component for an investigative report as part of the research.
An intensive Master’s degree, it will focus on practical journalism – digital and data journalism and all practical aspects of the field. It is a job-oriented degree.
Three journalists who went to do their Masters at Medill School of Journalism in 2016 are now back and will be teaching most of the courses. Some of the teaching faculty will come from Social Sciences Department of IBA.
Admission requirement includes 16 years of education and passing an aptitude test and interview.
CEJ is a collaboration between the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
The center is based at IBA's City Campus in Karachi.
The HEC has directed IBA to induct two Ph.D. faculty members to continue the program after June 30, 2020.
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