Our Journalism Certificate gives you the training to succeed in today’s multimedia market. Get the skills to excel in the field, learn from expert instructors with experience in a modern media environment, and launch an exciting career in this fast-paced industry.

This program is perfect for...

  • Aspiring journalists
  • Journalists looking to expand their skills
  • Public relations and media professionals who need storytelling and digital skills
  • Non-fiction writers who want to develop their newswriting skills

What you can learn.

  • Hone essential research, interviewing, and storytelling skills
  • Develop writing and communication skills that appeal to your audiences across various streams of media
  • Explore digital reporting and multimedia production
  • Master investigative reporting techniques
  • Learn media law and ethics fundamentals

What our students say about our certificates.


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
JOURN X 440.1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
JOURN X 440.2
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
JOURN X 440.3
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Students must complete 4 elective courses. 
Typically Offered: Fall
DESMA X 481.11
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 477.84
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Spring
Typically Offered: Summer
JOURN X 465.5
Typically Offered: Fall
JOURN X 469.3
Typically Offered: Winter
Typically Offered: Winter
Typically Offered: Winter
Typically Offered: Winter
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Program Start Dates:

  • Domestic students may begin the program in either Fall or Spring Quarter
  • International students (F-1 student visa) must begin the program in Fall Quarter

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

An internship in journalism can provide you with practical experience in a variety of journalism job functions. Certificate students must have completed a minimum of 5 courses, including Reporting and Writing I (JOURN X 432) and Media Law and Ethics (JOURN X 462), which must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or better, before enrolling in the internship.

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This certificate is approved for international students (F-1 student visa).

Students participating in courses offered solely by UCLA Extension must meet the English Language Requirements outlined below. Any international student interested in taking classes on UCLA’s main campus must adhere to the English Requirements outlined for UCLA courses.

Acceptable tests and minimum scores

Scores that are equal to or higher than the listed minimum scores from the following tests, taken within the past two years, can satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

  • TOEFL: 80 (iBT)
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • iTEP: 4.5
  • CAE: B (CEFR C1)
  • CPE: C (CEFR C2)
  • TOEIC: 685
  • DUOLINGO (DET): 105

While no other type of test score is accepted in general, students who are affected by test center closures may request an exception to submit an alternate test score.

International Baccalaureates (IB) students or students currently enrolled in an academic institution where the primary language of instruction is English may submit an official academic transcript or verification of enrollment from their school as proof of English proficiency.

Learn more:

International Students: How to Apply

Academic Requirements & English Language Proficiency

The Journalism certificate program at UCLA Extension provided me with invaluable exposure to the happenings of the industry, which is evolving and transforming every day. The program not only had highly qualified instructors who brought their experience to the classrooms but also regularly involved guest speakers from the industry, providing first-hand insight into the field.

Hari V.
Journalism Certificate Graduate

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