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Journalism

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.

What our certificates have done for our students.

85%

feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 in 4

received a salary increase after starting a certificate program

50%

switched careers after completing a certificate program

85%

recommend a certificate program to others

Source: UCLA Extension Certificate Graduates Survey
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Live Online Information Session & Open House

Learn how our program can help prepare you to join the growing journalism profession. Hear from a panel of veteran journalists and media experts who teach in the program.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 6pm - 7pm

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Courses

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

Required Courses
JOURN X 440.3
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
JOURN X 440.1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
JOURN X 440.2
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
JOURN X 462
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Electives
Students must complete 4 elective courses. 
WRITING X 463.1E
COMM XL M147
Typically Offered: Fall
FILM TV X 477.84
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
WRITING X 451.1
JOURN X 417
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
JOURN X 428
Typically Offered: Spring
JOURN X 439
Typically Offered: Summer
JOURN X 465.5
Typically Offered: Fall
JOURN X 469.3
Typically Offered: Winter
DESMA X 481.11
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
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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

200.00

Estimated Program Tuition

5310.00

Estimated program textbook/materials

350.00

*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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The Certificate in Journalism is approved for international students (F-1 student visa).

International students may begin the certificate program in fall quarter only.

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting test scores from either TOEFL, IELTS or iTEP. Some applicants may be exempt from this requirement if certain criteria are met. 

English language proficiency (minimum*):

  • TOEFL iBT: 100
  • IELTS Academic: 7.1 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 5.1 
*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, or 5.1 on the iTEP Academic-Plus will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language courses.

 

Learn more:

Academic Requirements & English Language Proficiency

International Students: How to Apply

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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