Key learning outcomes
Through the graduate degree in the field of Journalism at Harvard University 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.
The Master of Liberal Arts, Journalism degree field consists of 12 courses, with one required on-campus course. Weekend options are available.
12 Graduate CoursesThe journalism program is customizable. Within the program curriculum, you choose the journalism and general electives that support your personal learning goals.
- Feature Writing
- News Reporting for the Web, Print, and Other Platforms
- The Constitution and the Media
- 3 Journalism electives
- 4 General electives
- Journalism capstone
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesCommunication Studies Journalism Media Studies & Mass Media View 166 other Masters in Journalism in United States
To begin the admission process, you simply register—no application needed—for the following two, graduate-level degree courses (available online):
- JOUR 100 Proseminar: Fundamentals and Practices of Journalism
- Before registering, you'll need to pass our online test of critical reading and writing skills or earn a B or higher in EXPO 42a, b, or c.
- You have two attempts to earn the minimum grade of B in the proseminar (a withdrawal grade counts as an attempt). The proseminar cannot be more than two years old at the time of application.
- JOUR 137 Feature Writing or JOUR 140a News Reporting for the Web, Print, and Other Platforms
The two courses don't need to be taken in a particular order or in the same semester, but each course must be completed with a grade of B or higher, without letting your overall Harvard cumulative GPA dip below 3.0.
International37200 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 37200 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
National37200 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 37200 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
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