Journalism Degree Program
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 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.
The master’s degree includes 12 courses, with at least one on campus.
- Get started. You begin by completing two stipulated degree courses as outlined on the degree requirements page. 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 all year round, in the fall, spring, or summer. 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.
Affordability is core to our mission. Our 2020–21 graduate tuition is $2,900 per course. The total tuition cost of earning the degree is approximately $35,000.
There are a number of financial aid options available once you’re admitted to the program.