Online Certificate of Journalism

Learn how journalism gets done.

Earn the Certificate of Journalism at UMass Amherst online.

In our digital world, the free press has never been more important. The Online Certificate of Journalism helps you learn the principles and practices of journalism so you can tell the stories of your community and your world.

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Named a Program of Excellence by the University Continuing Education Association, our innovative five - course Online Certificate of Journalism teaches the digital media skills you’ll need to get started in the industry. You’ll learn journalism basics like interviewing, reporting and newswriting, along with core principles such as journalism ethics. You can also take classes in visual storytelling, public relations, opinion writing and much more. Our classes are designed for plenty of personal interaction with the professor and feature rigorous standards to help you develop your professional portfolio.


Our online journalism program features courses taught by award-winning faculty and professional journalists at the top of their field.


With the growth of online publications and services, demand for writers and authors with web and multimedia experience is projected to grow 8% through 2026.


Designed to complete in one year. Take two courses in the fall, two in the spring and wrap up in the summer. Or move at your own pace, spreading courses out over more semesters.