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Journalism Graduate Program

  • Earn Your Way In

    Excel in 2 Degree Courses to Qualify for Admission

  • Format

    Online for 2020-21

  • Average Course Tuition


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Gain the writing and reporting skills necessary for success as a journalist in the digital age.

Master the latest reporting, writing, and technical skills for traditional and digital media.

What You'll Learn

Through the graduate degree in the field of journalism you:

  • Master the latest reporting, writing, and technical skills for traditional and digital media.
  • Build greater confidence surrounding multimedia communication, identifying and pitching stories, and connecting with editors.
  • Learn techniques for conducting incisive interviews, gathering salient information, and writing compelling narratives with clarity and style.
  • Build knowledge of the legal requirements and ethical responsibilities in journalism.
  • Develop deeper understanding in a focused topic area or beat, such as American politics, international security, environmental policy, and world religions.
  • Complement your journalism coursework with marketing and professional communications courses to prepare for a career in business, nonprofit management, development, or fundraising, because all industries need to tell compelling stories.

Your Harvard Degree
Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: Journalism.

The writing, research, and interview skills our graduates gain are in high demand in both nonprofit and for-profit organization and transferable to many careers.

  • 38

    Average Age

  • 1-2

    Courses Taken Each Semester

  • 71%

    Working Full Time

  • 94%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 30%

    Professional Experience in the Field

  • Most

    Pursued for Career Change

Admission and Getting Started

Here at Harvard Extension, you begin your coursework before you even apply. Why? Because we believe the best way to prove you can succeed in the program is by first succeeding in the classroom.

To get started, you take the following two courses. Earn at least a B in each to qualify for admission.

  • JOUR 100 Proseminar: Fundamentals and Practices of Journalism
  • JOUR 137 Feature Writing or JOUR 140a News Reporting for the Web, Print, and Other Platforms

Ready to take the next step? Check your admissions eligibility, explore the curriculum, and prepare to enroll in your first course.

See the schedules in the academic calendar.

We are not accepting our diplomas, and then beginning our lives. Many of us came to Harvard to enhance our already developed lives. We recognize that our education is vital to getting where we wish to go.

Cost and Financial Aid

Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2020–21 rate) $2,900 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $35,000

After admission, you may qualify for financial aid. Typically, eligible students receive grant funds to cover a portion of tuition costs each term, in addition to federal financial aid options.