Master's of Science in Journalism

The Master's of Science in Journalism is the inaugural Master's program at the Centre for Excellence in Journalism at IBA. The 1.5-year long program allows students to immerse themselves in all forms of journalism – digital, audio and video – and gain practical experience in a newsroom under the guidance of experienced instructors. This is an opportunity for students to learn modern skills to enable them to find employment in reporting and production across media platforms and learn about the intersection of technology and media and the impact it will have on the industry in Pakistan.

The Mission

The MSJ program aims to be the leading journalism program in Pakistan, recognized for raising the quality of the industry by producing reporters with world-class professional skills, a deep understanding of the nation, the region and the world they will cover and the potential to become creative and innovative industry leaders of tomorrow.


Salient Features

Learning Outcomes
  • Small classes in a workspace equipped with the latest technology
  • Instructors with journalism experience, in and outside of Pakistan
  • A modern syllabus reflecting new media global trends, created with assistance from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
  • Internships with news organizations in a variety of mediums as part of its syllabus.


Learning Outcomes
  • Minimum of 16 years of education
  • Minimum CGPA of 2.5 or 50% marks in last degree
  • Applicants with prior journalism experience encouraged to apply.

Admission Criteria

Learning Outcomes

The criteria for admission is the performance of the applicant in aptitude test and interview. The aptitude test is a written test of three subjects: English Essay, English Composition, and Current Affairs/General Knowledge.

The candidates who pass the aptitude test will qualify for the interview.

Admission to MSJ program will open on May 8, 2020. For more details about admission in IBA, please visit here.

Admission Timeline

Activity Deadline Details
Online Forms Available Friday, May 08, 2020 Form can be found at
Deadline to Submit Form Friday, July 17, 2020 To be submitted online
Issuance of Admit Cards July 15 - 17, 2020 Admit cards will be emailed to the applicants
Aptitude Test Sunday, July 19, 2020 Test will take place in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. Past paper can be accessed at Admission test will consist of English Composition (grammar based MCQ's), English Essay and General Knowledge/Current Affairs. There will be no component on Mathematics in the upcoming test.
Announcement of Aptitude Test Result Wednesday, July 22, 2020 Result will be available on IBA's website. It will also include details for the interview
Final Result (After Interviews) Monday, August 03, 2020 Result will be available on IBA's website.
Orientation Session Sunday, August 23, 2020 At IBA City Campus
Commencement of Classes Monday, August 24, 2020 At CEJ, IBA City Campus

Frequently Asked Questions

Program related FAQs can be accessed here