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Journalism Master’s Degree Program

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

  • Online Courses

    11 out of 12 total courses

  • On-Campus Experience

    1 weekend or one 3-week summer course

  • Tuition

    $3,340 per course

  • Next Start Term

    Fall 2024

Program Overview

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 a deep understanding of a focused topic area or beat, such as American politics, international security, environmental policy, and world religions.

Program Benefits

  • Two people on a zoom call.

    Small classes that meet live online for full engagement

  • Teacher speaking to class.

    A faculty of professional writers and journalists, including Harvard University Nieman Fellows

  • Two people talking at a table.

    Personalized academic & career advising

  • Checklist in front of computer monitor.

    A capstone experience leading to a publishable portfolio

  • Texbook.

    Paid research and internship opportunities

  • Graduation cap and diploma.

    Harvard Alumni Association membership upon graduation

Customizable Course Curriculum

Our curriculum is flexible in pace and customizable by design. You’ll experience the convenience of online learning and the immersive benefits of learning in person. You can study part time, choosing courses that fit your schedule and align with your professional goals.

As you work your way through the program’s courses, you can choose the journalism and general electives that support your learning goals. Through the capstone project, you’ll develop real-world investigative and reporting skills.

11 Online Courses

  • Primarily synchronous
  • Fall, spring, January, and summer options

On-Campus Experience

You’ll complete 1 course in person at Harvard, at either an accelerated or standard pace:

  • An online course with an intensive weekend on campus in fall or spring
  • 3 weeks in the summer

Capstone Project

You’ll conduct an in-depth investigation of a single topic and emerge with a portfolio of new work suitable for publishing, posting, or broadcasting.

Admissions

The path to your degree begins before you apply to the program.

First, you’ll register for and complete 2 required courses, earning at least a B in each. These foundational courses are investments in your studies and count toward your degree, helping ensure success in the program.

Next Start Term: Fall 2024

Course registration is open July 22–August 29.

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

Earning a Stackable Certificate

As you work your way toward your master’s degree, you can take courses that also count — or “stack” — toward a graduate certificate. It’s a cost-effective, time-saving opportunity to build specialized skills and earn a professional credential along the way to your degree.

Stackable graduate certificates include:

A Faculty of Journalism Experts

Our faculty work across the field of journalism, as reporters, editors, podcasters, and more. Many of them have served as fellows at the Neiman Foundation of Harvard University. They bring a genuine passion for teaching, with students giving our faculty an average rating of 4.6 out of 5.

Our Community at a Glance

Students in the journalism degree program are accomplished professionals who are pursuing the degree to change careers, advance an existing career, or deepen their expertise for more impact.

Download: Journalism Master's Degree Fact Sheet

  • 37

    Average Age

  • 1-2

    Average Courses Taken Each Semester

  • 84%

    Work Full Time

  • 99%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 46%

    Professional Experience in the Field

  • Most

    Pursued for Career Change

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Career Opportunities & Alumni Outcomes

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.

Our graduates work in a variety of fields, including journalism, fundraising and development, writing and editing, marketing and advertising, media production, public relations and communications, and publishing.

Sample alumni job titles:

  • Chief Communications Officer
  • Health Journalist
  • Director, Digital Media
  • Copy Editor

Sample employers:

  • Associated Press
  • The Boston Globe
  • NPR
  • MIT

Career Advising and Mentorship

Whatever your career goals, we’re here to support you. Harvard’s Mignone Center for Career Success offers career advising, employment opportunities, Harvard alumni mentor connections, and career fairs like the Harvard Startup Career Fair and the Data Analytics, Science, and Technology Fair held on campus.

Your Harvard University Degree

Upon successful completion of the required curriculum, you will receive your Harvard University degree — a Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, Field: Journalism.

Expand Your Connections: the Harvard Alumni Network

As a graduate, you’ll become a member of the worldwide Harvard Alumni Association (400,000+ members) and Harvard Extension Alumni Association (29,000+ members).

Brian Mazmanian.

The opportunity to take a course with a Nieman Fellow was, and to have that twice, was just one of the best educational experiences I’ve had in my entire life.

Brian Mazmanian

Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in the field of Journalism, ’24

Tuition & Financial Aid

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

Our Tuition (2024–25 rate) $3,340 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $4,330 per course
Average Total Cost $40,080

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.

Learn more about the cost of attendance.