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Bilingual Journalism

Master of Arts


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-Center for World University Rankings, 2022


University in Arizona

- U.S. News & World Report, 2021

Quick Facts

Credits Required: 33
Cost Per Credit: $650
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College of Social And Behavioral Sciences

Program Details

Are you interested in highlighting the stories of Latinx communities and connecting with them through quality journalism? The Master’s degree in Bilingual Journalism is a cutting-edge program that offers professional and academic training if you want to report about and/or for Latinx communities in the United States and abroad.

As one of the only fully bilingual programs in the country, this program goes beyond just teaching how to report on Latinx issues in two languages. The program also offers cultural competency courses about historical, social, cultural, geographic and political issues relevant to Latinx communities in Arizona, the US-Mexico borderlands and the Latin American countries where many US immigrants originate.

According to a 2017 report by Instituto Cervantes, the US has the second-highest concentration of Spanish speakers globally, after Mexico. By 2050, the US is expected to have 138 million Spanish speakers, making it the largest Spanish-speaking country globally. This means that through focused and engaged coursework, you will develop high-level skills to compete in local, national, and global markets where bilingual journalists are in high demand.

The program’s emphasis on innovation and discovery through the development of new models of journalism and storytelling in the digital age also sets it apart from other programs. You will explore emerging entrepreneurial models of journalism, such as crowd-funding and nonprofit or donor-based hyperlocal and translocal projects. You will also practice innovative ways of reporting and disseminating news for non-legacy media by incorporating the conversational style of the Internet, social media components, community engagement and advanced understanding of their audiences.

The School of Journalism offers the program in collaboration with the Center of Latin American Studies, the Department of Mexican American Studies, and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

Students must be fluent in English and Spanish or English and Portuguese. 

Students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

The Bilingual Journalism MA has a required internship component that can be completed online or in person.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The curriculum for this program includes core courses, internships & projects, and electives from Studies of Global Media and Human Rights Practice MA programs. The following are a selection:

BJP 510: Latinxs and the News Media in the United States
BJP 511: Global Latinx: Diasporic Transnationalism & Media in Latin America, Europe and Asia
BJP 512: Covering Latinx Affairs I: Bilingual Multimedia Reporting and Audio Production
BJP 513: Covering Latinx Affairs II: Bilingual Multimedia Reporting and Video Production
JOUR 593 or JOUR 909 : Internship or Master's Project



Earning your Master of Arts in Bilingual Journalism will build core skills, including:

  • Bilingual skills
  • Reporting
  • Translation
  • Cultural competency
  • Critical studies
  • Data gathering
  • Data analytics
  • Social media strategies
  • Search engine optimization
  • Video production
  • Data visualization

Graduates of the MA in Bilingual Journalism program will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Reporter
  • Investigative Reporter
  • Producer
  • Community Manager
  • Media Planner/Buyer
  • Proofreader
  • Writer
  • Technical Writer
  • Public Relations Specialist