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Data Journalism, Graduate Certificate

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Data Journalism prepares you for a data-focused career. Acquire skills in coding, data visualization, ethics, interviewing, journalistic research methods, machine learning, and web scraping. In this fast online certificate program, you will develop your creative skills and your understanding of technical applications in journalism.

Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 12

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $350.00

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $490.00

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

Certificate Overview

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Data Journalism includes coursework from the Media School and the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. You’ll learn how to analyze data to tell compelling, comprehensive stories, boost your writing and visual communications skills, and prepare to enter newsrooms and other creative spaces.

You’ll graduate with an Indiana University certificate respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere. Plus, you’ll enjoy personalized support services throughout your academic journey.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA over the last two years of an undergraduate program
To apply to this program, complete an online application that includes:
  • CV or resume
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Writing sample or portfolio
  • A letter of recommendation 
Application Dates

Fall semester: January 15

Spring semester: September 1

Summer semester: January 1

This program is not eligible for financial aid.

Your Graduate Certificate in Data Journalism gives you a foundation for such careers as: 

  • Data analyst
  • Interactive designer
  • Investigative journalist or reporter
  • High school journalism teacher
  • Documentary filmmaker
  • Television anchor

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Data Journalism, you must complete 12 credit hours. You work with faculty to select your courses. 

This certificate can be applied toward a data journalism concentration in the media school’s Master of Science in Media.

Core Classes for the Graduate Certificate in Data Journalism
Course Number Course Name Credits
MSCH-J 510 Media and Society Seminar 3 Credits
MSCH-J 501 Public Affairs Reporting 3 Credits
MSCH-M 502 Data Visualization 3 Credits
MSCH-M 699 Master's Capstone Project 6 Credits
DSCI-D 590 Topics in Informatics: Data Science On-Ramp 3 Credits
INFO-I 505 Social Media Informatics 3 Credits

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