The Best Online Journalism Schools: List of Universities

A journalism program may focus on written journalism, broadcast journalism or other key aspects of modern day journalism. A small number of universities in the U.S. have journalism programs that can be completed online. Get ranking information and program details for the best schools with online journalism programs.

School Overviews

Two of the best schools for studying journalism online are the University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Amherst and the University of Missouri (MU). UMass - Amherst offers a completely online undergraduate degree, and MU has opportunities for those seeking a graduate degree in journalism online. To learn more, continue reading.

1. University of Massachusetts - Amherst in Amherst, MA

School Highlight: Named a Program of Excellence by the national University Continuing Education Association.

UMass - Amherst was ranked 99th among national universities in 2010 by U.S. News & World Report. UMass - Amherst offers an online bachelor's degree with a concentration in journalism studies through its distance learning program. The online program includes coursework in digital journalism, online research, sports and travel writing, war reporting and interviewing skills.

2. University of Missouri in Columbia, MO

School Highlight: The Missouri School of Journalism at MU is the world's first and most known school of journalism.

MU's distance learning graduate program in journalism is directed toward professionals with at least three years of journalistic experience and offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Journalism. Students of the 37-credit-hour program can select from 4 areas of concentration, including: Online Health Communication, Online Interactive Media, Online Media Management and Online Strategic Communication.

Top Online Journalism Programs

University Name Distinction Location
University of Nebraska - Lincoln Offers an online M.A. program in journalism and mass communication available with specializations in integrated media communications, media studies and professional journalism; and is an accredited program Lincoln, NE
University of North Dakota Includes an online Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication with areas of focus in interpersonal communication, organizational communication, public relations, advertising, print journalism and media studies Grand Forks, ND

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