NOTE:  This program will be discontinued by UCSB PaCE after the 2019 - 2020 academic year. Students who are already registered in the program can complete the requirements until summer 2020. Starting in the 2020-2021 academic year, journalism at UCSB will be offered as a track within the Professional Writing Minor offered through through Writing Program. For more information and academic advising, please contact Journalism Certificate director Nomi Morris at


Additional Details

Program Course Schedule


Required Writing Courses (8 units):

Required Elective Course Option (at least 1 course/4 units):

Advisory Board members: Jerry Roberts, Cissy Ross, Patricia Stark, Nomi Morris, Madeleine Sorapure, and Henry Dubroff.


Students are required to complete 12 units of regular-session WRIT courses and 2-3 X400-level courses that teach professional skills in photojournalism, data-driven journalism, the business of journalism, and international reporting.

To be eligible for the professional certificate, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 18 units from the above program schedule
  • Earn no less than a "C" in any particular course to be eligible for the certificate
  • Enroll in the UCSB regular-session courses via Open University if they are non-matriculated (not UCSB students)

Transfer units will not be accepted as credit toward this certificate.


Program Cost

For UCSB matriculated students the approximate cost is $1,800 for 6 units. Each X400-level professional course is $275/unit. The non-refundable certificate application fee is $150. These figures do not include the costs of textbooks and/or materials, and can change without notice.

Financial Aid: Current UCSB matriculated students, who are eligible for financial aid, are strongly encouraged to take a minimum of 12 units of regular undergraduate courses. The units offered for the X400 professional courses do not count toward that minimum.

For non-UCSB matriculated students the approximate cost of completion of this program is $4,800.

Journalism Student

“Journalists are vital to a free society. We perform a public service, delivering information in a way that helps readers better understand the world around them.”

-Gwendolyn Wu