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Journalism Master’s Degree Program

  • Earn Your Way In

    Excel in 2 Degree Courses to Qualify for Admission

  • Format

    Online and On Campus

  • Average Course Tuition


  • Total Number of Courses


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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.
  • Develop deeper understanding in a focused topic area or beat, such as American politics, international security, environmental policy, and world religions.
  • Earn an optional certificate in business communication, digital storytelling, or marketing management and digital strategy.

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

Our Community at a Glance

The writing, research, and interview skills our graduates gain are in high demand in the world of media and communication. They are also transferable to many careers in the nonprofit and business sectors.

  • 36

    Average Age

  • 1

    Average Courses Taken Each Semester

  • 81%

    Work Full Time

  • 99%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 58%

    Professional Experience in the Field

  • Most

    Pursued for Career Change

Getting Started: Admissions and Degree Requirements

At Harvard Extension School, your admission is based largely on your performance in two specific Harvard Extension courses that you complete before submitting an application.

To get started, we invite you to explore degree requirements, confirm your initial eligibility, and learn more about our unique “earn your way in” admissions process.

[W]hen you extend yourself and contribute to the community, you will touch the soul of Harvard and genuinely integrate with it. You will discover what makes this institution so inspiring and unbeatable. As you become a part of it, it will become a part of you.

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 (2022–23 rate) $3,100 per 4-credit course ($775 per credit)
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $37,200

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.