Admissions

Overview

Our Master of Journalism degree demands a rigorous two-year immersion. By the end of your second year you will have created a portfolio of ambitious, high-quality work, much of it published - with the help of our exceptional faculty of seasoned journalists.

The Berkeley Difference

Journalism, exclusively. No public relations, no advertising, no strategic communications.
Program built on small classes, close faculty contact, creative collaboration with outstanding fellow students.
Emphasis on producing high-quality, publishable work while enrolled.
A two-year education immersion, because there are no shortcuts. We call our degree a Master of Journalism for a reason.
Our graduates can be found reporting for: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, PBS "Frontline", ABC, CBS and NBC News, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, Associated Press, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, Forbes, Politico, The Huffington Post, Wired, The Center for Investigative Reporting, ProPublica, Univision, The Center for Public Integrity, Al Jazeera, Gannett and other media outlets.

Build Your Reporting Skills

Our Master of Journalism degree demands a rigorous two-year immersion. That commitment is what’s needed for you to achieve the full range of proficiencies you’ll need as a 21st Century journalist: narrative writing, audio, photography, broadcast and online video production, multimedia storytelling, data and investigative-based journalism.

By the end of your second year you will have created a portfolio of ambitious, high-quality work, much of it published— with the help of our exceptional faculty of seasoned journalists. What’s more, a vibrant worldwide network of media professionals, many of them alumni, will be open to you, professionals who fully appreciate what having a Berkeley Master of Journalism degree means.

Our Curriculum

At Berkeley you’ll learn, as journalists must, to be both nimble and focused. You’ll begin by reporting and producing local news, features, and in-depth accounts with powerful multimedia tools. Then you’ll reach further, deepening your command of the areas in which you choose to concentrate. Classes are small, allowing instructors to act as mentors. Faculty and instructors are practicing journalists and at the top level of the industry. Some advanced classes offer depth in topical reporting — such as covering the environment, business or health care — while others teach data visualization and other specialized competencies.