Journalism Degree

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

Key learning outcomes

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, such as American politics, international security, environmental policy, and world religions.
  • Compliment your journalism coursework with marketing and professional communications courses to prepare for a career in business, nonprofit management, or consulting—because all industries need to tell compelling stories.

Program Overview

The master’s degree includes 12 courses, with at least one on campus.

  • Get started. You begin by completing two degree courses from the program curriculum. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
  • Apply to the program. While you are completing your second degree course, you submit your application. We have application cycles in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you choose from courses offered on campus or online, in the fall, spring, or summer. To fully experience Harvard, you are required to take at least one course on campus. Weekend options available.
  • Complete your capstone project. You complete a significant journalism project under the direction of a professional in the field. You'll conduct a topical investigation and create a portfolio of publishable work that can include short digital media pieces, as well as longer news or magazine articles. 
  • Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in extension studies, field: journalism.

Explore Courses & Requirements

Learn about admission, courses & on-campus study

Degree Course Listings

Once you've explored the degree requirements, you can search for course offerings that count toward the degree. See the degree courses

Cost

Affordability is core to our mission. Our 2017–18 graduate tuition is $2,700 per course; the total tuition cost of earning the graduate degree is approximately $32,400.

There are a number of financial aid options available once you’re admitted to the program.