Journalism is a dynamic and rapidly changing field. UMass’ online program in Journalism will help you 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.
You are welcome to complete all 17 credits to complete the Certificate of Journalism or just take a single class to learn more about an aspect of the profession or hone a particular skill. You will be working with award-winning professors and professionals, including the full-time and part-time faculty you’d encounter on-the-ground at UMass Amherst.
Admission to all classes is open, and anyone can enroll. You do not have to be a UMass Amherst student and there is no admission procedure. Students may register for courses up until the course begins, but we strongly suggest you enroll at least two weeks before the class starts.
All courses are offered online through University+ at UMass Amherst, and current UMass students are welcome to enroll in online classes. Classes in the online program are designed to be the online equivalent of undergraduate courses and serve diverse student needs. While earning a Certificate of Journalism is not the same as earning an undergraduate degree from the UMass Journalism Department, all online courses can be applied to your on-the-ground major requirements as well as your General Education requirements.
Online courses are not covered by regular UMass tuition. University+ provides the most up-to-date information about the tuition and fees associated with online classes as well as the financial aid opportunities that exist.