Degree Requirements

The Master of Journalism (M.J.) degree at Berkeley requires completion of at least 36 semester units of coursework and a satisfactory Master’s project. A minimum of 24 of those units must be earned from coursework in the Graduate School of Journalism. All students are expected to graduate in four consecutive semesters. In the course list below, the reference to semesters indicate the terms when the courses should be taken. 

Entering Fall 2016

Required Courses

6 units Journalism 200 Reporting the News (first semester)
3 units Journalism 211 Reporting the News Lab (first semester)
3 units Journalism 215 Introduction to Multimedia (first semester)
2 units Journalism 298 Public Records (first semester)
4 units Journalism 282 Introduction to Visual Journalism (first semester)
3 units Journalism 255 Law and Ethics (third semester)
2 units Journalism 297 Reporting Internship (300 supervised hours)
2 units Journalism 294 Master's Project Seminar (1 unit in 3rd semester; 1 unit in 4th semester)

Additional Required Courses for New Media, Video Reporting and Storytelling and Documentary

New Media

2 units Journalism 222 Interactive Narratives (second semester)
3 units Journalism 216 New Media Master's Project Workshop (third and fourth semester)

Then, select at least one or more for second semester:

3 units Journalism 220 Introduction to Coding Interactives
3 units Journalism 221 Reporting with Data
3 units Journalism 223 New Media Visuals

Video Reporting and Storytelling

5 units Journalism 283 Video Reporting and Storytelling (second semester)
1 unit Journalism 219 Picture and Sound (third semester)
4 units Journalism 285 Longform Video Reporting and Storytelling (third and fourth semesters)


5 units Journalism 283 Video Reporting and Storytelling (second semester)
3 units Journalism 286 History of Documentary (second semester)
1 unit Journalism 219 Picture and Sound (third semester)
1 unit Journalism 219 Videography (third semester) (elective)
4 units Journalism 284 Documentary Production (third and fourth semesters)

Additional Requirements

1. One advanced reporting course is required for each semester after the first semester.

2. Two units from the J297 Reporting Internship can count toward the 36-unit requirement. That means 34 of 36 units required for the M.J. degree must be from coursework.

3. Submission of an approved Master’s project with all valid signatures is required by the announced deadline.

4. Twelve units per semester are the minimum required for all U.C. Berkeley graduate students. Maximum units per semester are 14.5. The student's adviser, head graduate adviser or the Dean can approve unit loads beyond 14.5.

5. All courses must be taken at Berkeley; credits from other institutions are not transferable.

6. Students may take up to four units of J601 Master’s Study each semester without approval. Approval is required for more than four units of J601 Master’s Study in a single semester. J601 Master’s Study units do not count toward the 36-unit degree requirement.

7. All required Graduate Division paperwork must be submitted by the announced deadline.

8. All required classes must be taken for letter grades except for the J297 Reporting Internship. Only one-third of total UC Master’s degree credits can be S grades.

9. Up to 12 of the required 36 units for the M.J. degree can be from other departments at U.C. Berkeley. Graduate-level courses (numbered 200-299) and upper-division undergraduate courses (numbered 100-199) are acceptable.

10. Concurrent-degree students may have additional or modified requirements and should confirm what those requirements are with a School student affairs officer.

Information subject to change.

Archive: Degree requirements entering class Fall 2014.

Archive: Degree requirements entering class Fall 2015.

Course Schedule


Training & Workshops

for Mid-Career Journalists