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 certificates have done for our students.
feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers
1 in 4
received a salary increase after starting a certificate program
switched careers after completing a certificate program
recommend a certificate program to others
Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.
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.
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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.
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
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.