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A distance learning program designed for Asian working journalists who seek to develop and leverage the Asian perspective in their work, intensify their commitment to journalism’s ideals, and be at the cutting-edge in a global, technologically sophisticated environment. A total of 12 courses are taught by an international faculty using blended (i.e. both online and face-to-face learning) methods.


The program accepts about 20 students from various Asian countries each year. As of 2015, more than 200 journalists from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam have enrolled.


The program is administered by ACFJ under the Ateneo Department of Communication.



Twelve courses make up the M.A. Journalism program, with a load of four courses per semester, to be completed in two school years.


6 Core courses

provide a strong foundation and the breadth of context and background needed for today’s dynamic media environment


Media Law and Ethics

Students learn about evolving ethical and legal issues in journalism, focusing on the philosophical foundations of decision-making and how media law and regulatory policies impact the practice of the journalistic profession.


Advanced Reporting and Writing I & II

This course equips students with the skills and techniques of reporting and writing—from story planning and development to in-depth reporting. Besides being trained in critical thinking, students learn a whole range of research strategies and techniques.


The course also provides foundational training for the second Advanced Reporting and Writing class, which in turn, prepares students to thrive in a convergent media environment as they learn about new media technology and storytelling methods for multimedia platforms.


Asia, History, and the Media

Students examine press systems in Asia, with an emphasis on how news media forms and practices interact with historical, social, and political forces. Students are expected to understand the evolution of news media in reference to a historical trajectory that is simultaneously global and national. This is a course that gives the new media professional a solid sense of context against the sometimes chaotic environment of the 24-hour news cycle.


Theories of Journalism

This class introduces the students to key concepts in journalism theory and media theory, with the goal of providing them with a sound theoretical framework for journalistic practice. This is a course that will allow them to reflect on their social and political roles as journalists.


Newsroom Management

Students learn a variety of techniques now used in managing news organizations. They are encouraged to explore news media structures and make sense of organizational missions and social responsibilities. In the process, they are exposed to the study of real-life personnel management concerns as well as professional and ethical issues.


5 Elective courses

provide intensive training on a wide range of specialized fields.

Among these are:

  • Journalistic Writing for Multimedia
  • Editorial and Opinion Writing
  • International Reporting
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Media and Politics
  • Computer-assisted Reporting / Data Journalism
  • Reporting about Conflict and Peace


1 Comprehensive examination


1 Master’s Project

This culminating final project can either be an in-depth report or a study of journalism institutions, practices, and processes. It represents a synthesis of the journalist’s accumulated knowledge, skills, and values. It also provides this journalist the opportunity to contribute insights and new knowledge to Asian journalism as well as to reflect on issues of regional importance.



Courses are taught using Internet-based distance education methods, a truly convenient platform for working journalists. With online classes, they can pursue their studies at their own time and in any place of their choice—home, office, or café—without major disruptions to their careers and personal lives.


Core courses are taught using a fusion of online and on-campus methods. Electives and Master’s Projects take place entirely online, while the cognate courses are taken on-campus.



The ACFJ Fellowships for MA Journalism sponsor Asian journalists who can demonstrate excellence in their work and are contributing in a significant way to the press in their own societies. Full grants cover tuition fees, and a general allowance supported by the Adenauer Fellowships. Other forms of support are available to senior journalists, teachers, and part-time working journalists.


Those who do not qualify for a fellowship can apply for admission to the M.A. Journalism program as paying students, provided they pass the criteria for admission to the Ateneo Graduate School and the M.A. Journalism program.



Applications for the 2018 MA in Journalism program must be submitted and completed by February 2018 to the Ateneo de Manila University Associate Dean for Graduate Programs for those applying for the 2017 Adenauer Fellowships provided they pass the criteria for admission to the Ateneo Graduate School and the M.A. Journalism program.

The deadlines for application to the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Graduate School for the first semester are March 2018, for international applicants who are applying from abroad; May 2018, for Philippine-based international applicants; and Filipino applicants.

Applications for the 2018 Adenauer Fellowships for MA Journalism program must be submitted via http://adenauer.careers/. More details about the submission of application forms and supporting documents may be found below.




Step 1: Read carefully the list of requirements below.


Step 2: Download the necessary application forms


Step 3: Fill up and complete each form.


Step 4: Mail (via post/courier) the completed application form together with the requirements listed below to this address:


Office of Associate Dean for Graduate Programs

Ground Floor, Kostka Hall
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City, 1108 Philippines
Tel. Nos. (632) 426-6001 loc 5141-42/(632) 426-5937
E-mail: adgp.ls@ateneo.edu


Step 5: If applying from abroad, the international applicant pays the application fee of US $40 in the form of a telegraphic transfer, net of the bank’s remittance charges.


Account name: Ateneo de Manila University
Bank name: Citibank, N.A., 8741 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, Philippines
Account no.: 012132519
Swift code: CITIPHMX
Contact person: Ms. Cecilia F. Lazaro
Tel. no.: (63-2) 8139118


*Filipino applicants should pay the application fee upon submission at the ADMU Loyola Campus cashier’s office.


Step 6: The international applicant will be interviewed by the Communication Department Chair and ACFJ Executive Director. The interview (which may be done via phone/video call) is scheduled after the international applicant has filed the application papers and taken the entrance tests.


Step 7:  Admission notices are issued by the Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. Students are normally admitted on a probationary/provisional status.



Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School
(International Students)
Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School
(Filipino Students)
  • One (1) photocopy of the filled-out Application Form
  • Application fee of USD 40
  • Four (4) 2” x 2” ID pictures
  • Two (2) copies of the Personal Essay
  • Three (3) duly accomplished Recommendation Forms
  • TOEFL results and one (1) photocopy
  • Two (2) photocopies of authenticated* official transcript of records for the bachelor’s degree with the official grading system and its English translation, bearing the original signature of the registrar and the school seal. In case the applicant obtained said bachelor’s degree in less than four (4) school years, two (2) photocopies of the Certificate of Degree Equivalency issued by the Ministry of Education in the applicant’s country to determine the applicant’s earned degree.
  • If the application is for Ph.D. studies, two (2) photocopies of authenticated* official transcript of records of graduate studies with the official grading system and its English translation, bearing the original signature of the Registrar and school seal.
  • Two (2) photocopies of authenticated* certificate of graduation or certified true copy of diploma for the bachelor’s degree and graduate degree, if any, and their English translation.
  • Two (2) photocopies of passport pages where name, photo, birthdate, and birthplace and valid visa appear.
  • Two (2) photocopies of Marriage Certificate (for married women)
  • One (1) photocopy of the filled-out form
  • Application fee of Php 200
  • Two (2) copies of personal essay (topic is indicated in the application form)
  • Two (2) photocopies of the applicant’s official transcript of undergraduate and graduate records, if applicable
  • Four (4) colored 2” x 2” size ID pictures
  • Three (3) duly accomplished recommendation forms
  • Two (2) photocopies of the applicant’s birth certificate
  • Two (2) photocopies of marriage certificate (for married women)


Downloadable forms
Application form
Recommendation form




The Adenauer Fellowships for MA Journalism sponsor Asian journalists who can demonstrate excellence in their work and are contributing in a significant way to the press in their own societies. Full grants cover tuition fees, and a general allowance supported by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Media Programme Asia. Other forms of support are available to senior journalists, teachers and part-time working journalists.


To know how to apply for the Adenauer Fellowships, visit their website http://adenauer.careers/. Excellence in professional work, potential to succeed in the program and commitment to good journalism are key screening criteria.



An applicant must possess the following criteria to be eligible:

1. Has met the requirements for admission to the program

2. Has at least two (2) years experience as a fulltime photojournalist/multimedia journalist, photographer or journalist

3. Has an excellent academic and professional record

4. Has qualifications which meet the aims of the scholarship program.

5. Is 35 years old or younger by the time he/she starts the MA in Journalism programme.

* The Adenauer grants are open to fulltime journalists from most part of Asia.




*Please remind your endorsers to submit their recommendations directly to Ateneo de Manila University Associate Dean for Graduate Programs by February 2018.

**All non-English documents must be submitted together with a certified English translation


Note: Applicants must also keep copies of all documents submitted. ADMU reserves the right to keep or otherwise dispose all materials submitted six months after the start of the program.



*For complete application procedures and requirements, please click on the links below: