About the Certificate of Journalism

Journalism in the 21st century is a dynamic and rapidly changing field. In this online program, you will learn the fundamentals of the craft and the new media skills you need to succeed in the industry. Our innovative, nationally recognized Certificate of Journalism was named a Program of Excellence by the University Continuing Education Association.

Whether you want to complete the 15-credit certificate or take a single class, this online program offers you the opportunity to study with award-winning professors and professional journalists at the top of their field. You’ll find classes in general and specialized newswriting, public relations, web design, infographics, ethics and many more subjects.

Admission to all classes is open, and anyone can enroll. Students may register for courses up until the course begins, but we strongly suggest you enroll at least two weeks before the class starts because many classes fill up quickly.

Requirements to Earn the Certificate of Journalism

To earn the Certificate of Journalism, students must take a minimum of 15 credits in five courses. These are the specific courses required to complete the Certificate:

• Journalism 300, Newswriting and Reporting.
• One foundation class– either Introduction to Journalism (201) OR Journalism Ethics (460).
• Three other journalism courses. These are electives you can choose.

After you have received the grade for your last Certificate class, please contact Razvan Sibii to certify your transcript.

All courses are offered online through Continuing & Professional Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Classes in the online program are designed to be the online equivalent of undergraduate courses and serve diverse student needs. Students who complete the requirements listed above will earn a Certificate of Journalism. Earning the certificate is not the same as earning an undergraduate degree from the UMass Journalism Program.

Journalism Department
108 Bartlett Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

Phone: 413.545.1376