For those interested in digital technology and writing skills as well as internet governance, communication, and the role of the media in advocacy, development, and human rights.
The TMaC specialization is for students with special interest in writing and communication who want practical skills to equip themselves for careers in today’s digital workplace. Our goal is to help students develop strong abilities in video, data visualization, reporting/research, and writing, as well as an understanding of the global media and digital technology. We offer courses on the role of internet governance, digital activism, e-government, and digital diplomacy.
Digital technologies have transformed all the areas that SIPA students care about, including advocacy, media, and internet policy. The TMaC specialization is suitable for students in all concentrations, especially those who want to become better writers and learn practical skills (such as video and data visualization) to help them work in development, communications policy making, media, journalism, human rights, business, or government.
Many of our students pursue careers in public affairs, journalism, and working for government and international organizations. Past graduates are employed by Bloomberg, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economist, Google, Facebook, Human Rights Watch, Interamerican Development Bank, the New York Times, UNICEF, UNDP, U.S. Department of State, World Bank, and a number of governments around the world.
Curriculum & Courses
TMaC students have a wide range of interests, so our courses make it easy to select from a range of subjects, including video skills, data visualization, speech writing, data scraping, and using social media for campaigning. Many of our writing courses are taught by award-winning journalists who emphasize reporting and how to communicate clearly and effectively.
TMaC also considers the effect that the digital revolution is having on international affairs and government, as well as the policies and practices that can help new technologies promote development, human rights, and social change. As such, we offer courses on design thinking, digital diplomacy, e-government, digital activism and surveillance, and the regulatory and policy questions surrounding digital technology.
Concentration & Specialization Requirements
Students enrolled in the TMaC specialization are required to take three courses of their choosing, but may take more if their schedule permits.
We don’t have required courses or tracks because our students are interested in a wide range of subjects. We tweak our course listings each year in response to what students, alumni, and employers tell us is important for today’s workplace.
Can courses at Columbia Journalism School and other Columbia graduate schools be counted toward the TMaC specialization?
Yes, subject to the approval of the specialization director. Please submit the course syllabus for consideration, and note that registration deadlines vary across Columbia’s schools.
Is there a dual-degree program with Columbia Journalism School?
Yes; SIPA offers dual-degree programs with CJS and other Columbia graduate schools as well as selected partner institutions around the world. Dual-degree candidates must apply and be admitted to each school separately.
Please note: The opportunity for dual-degree students to take electives may be limited, and they are not required to complete concentrations or specializations (although many choose to do so anyway).