Best Journalism Schools and Colleges

Read about professionally accredited programs in journalism, which can help students prepare for careers in broadcast, print or Web-based media. Learn about the academic options at three high-profile universities, and find a table with at-a-glance information about other schools in the U.S. that offer programs in journalism.

School Overview

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) accredits more than 100 programs nationwide. Areas of focus can include radio and television broadcasting or newspaper journalism, as well as other forms of mass communications. The three universities profiled below have been approved by ACEJMC and include one Ivy League school. Both Northwestern and the University of Maryland offer journalism programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels; students admitted to Columbia University can earn a master's or doctoral degree.

1.Northwestern University in Evanston, IL

School Highlight: Graduate students can work on news stories in both web and print from the Medill School's Chicago newsroom.

Northwestern University is a 4-year, private school that U.S. News & World Report ranked 13th in the nation in 2015. The Medill School of Journalism offers a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Journalism (BSJ) and a 1-year Master of Science in Journalism (MSJ) program. Once enrolled, students learn about journalistic ethics, multimedia storytelling and quantitative analysis.

Undergraduates work with print, Web, broadcast and digital media and have the chance to participate in the school's international residency reporting program. Hands-on reporting experiences begin as early as the sophomore year. Graduate students can specialize in magazine writing and editing, videography and broadcast journalism, reporting or interactive publishing.

2. University of Maryland - College Park

School Highlight: Students have access to internships with top media markets in nearby Washington DC.

A public institution and the flagship of the university system, the University of Maryland in College Park, ranked 62nd among national universities according to U.S. News & World Report in 2015. The Philip Merrill College of Journalism offers a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Journalism, Master of Journalism and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Journalism. The master's degree programs are highly competitive and admit only 18 students each for the Fall and Spring semesters respectively. Although a prerequisite, completion of one of the programs may be waived for qualified Ph.D. applicants.

In addition to acquiring news writing and reporting skills, journalism students learn how to produce and edit content for different media. They can also participate in the Capital News Service, a daily wire service, and the school's cable television station.

3. Columbia University in New York, NY

School Highlight: Columbia's journalism program offers students a diverse selection of journalistic paths in which to specialize, such as broadcast journalism, data journalism, and investigative journalism.

In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked Columbia University 4th among national universities. The university offers graduate programs in journalism, which can lead to a Master of Science, Master of Arts or Ph.D. Graduate students can also pursue dual degree programs in business, computer science, international affairs, law or religion. Additional programs features include the chance to study and earn an additional degree abroad.

Top Journalism Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Indiana University - Bloomington Small journalism classes take place in lab and seminar formats Bloomington, IN
Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism offers five undergraduate journalism tracks: news and information, news writing and editing, broadcast news, magazine journalism, and online journalism Athens, OH
Syracuse University Offers a 30-credit visual journalism program for members of the U.S. military on active duty Syracuse, NY
The University of Georgia Home to the James M. Cox Institute for Newspaper Management, , New Media Institute and the George Foster Peabody Awards Athens, GA
The University of Kansas Accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications since 1948 Lawrence, KS
University of Missouri Offers more than two dozen undergraduate interest areas in journalism, three master's degree programs and two online master's degree programs Columbia, MO
University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is home to the Knight Digital Media Center, Annenberg Innovation Lab, Annenberg Program on Online Communities and California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting Los Angeles, CA

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