The journalism degree program offers a challenging curriculum for experienced writers and editors who want to gain an edge professionally and for those looking for a way to break into the field.

Online and on-campus journalism courses

  • Many journalism courses are offered only on campus, but all four core program courses and a range of electives are available online. The curriculum includes 11 courses and capstone project.
  • Graduate-level core courses provide a solid foundation in news and feature writing and professional ethics, while electives help you build specialized skills.
  • You can also pursue an internship at a local or regional news organization or magazine.

Learn about the degree requirements.

Admission and getting started

Start off with just one course: every student takes three courses before applying—an ideal way to ensure the program is the right fit for you.

Admission is based in large part on your ability to earn a B or higher in three required graduate-level Harvard courses. See all the admission criteria.

Once you have been admitted, a number of resources open up to you. See Degree Candidate Privileges.

Tuition and financial aid

Graduate-credit tuition is about $2,000 per course. In total, tuition is roughly $25,000. After you are admitted, a variety of financial aid options are available, including grants, scholarships, and loans. See the financial aid options for admitted degree candidates.

Harvard faculty, Harvard degree

Instructors include Harvard faculty and affiliates, faculty from Boston-area universities, and journalism professionals. Browse the journalism courses to see who teaches our classes. The program administrators include:

  • Patricia Bellanca, Director of the Writing Programs and Preceptor in Expository Writing (meet the director)
  • Jody Clineff, Assistant Director of Writing Programs

A Harvard credential. See what employers and alumni have to say about the value of the Harvard Extension degree experience on Your Degree, Your Career.

The degree is awarded by Harvard University. It is the Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies, field of journalism.