Journalists, also called reporters, write news stories for newspapers, magazines, radio stations and television stations. Both public and private colleges and universities offer journalism degrees at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels, and students may want to compare important factors before selecting a program.
Top 10 Journalism Schools
The following schools are considered to have some of the best undergraduate journalism programs in the country, as listed on the USA Today College website in 2016:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles, CA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's||$50,277|
|Boston University||Boston, MA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's||$48,436|
|Emerson College||Boston, MA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's||$41,052|
|Northwestern University||Evanston, IL||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's||$49,047|
|George Washington University||Washington, D.C.||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$50,435|
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Postgraduate Certificate||$47,750|
|University of Texas||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$9,806 in-state, $34,676 out-of-state|
|University of Missouri||Columbia, MO||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$9,509 in-state, $25,166 out-of-state|
|University of Maryland||College Park, MD||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$9,996 in-state, $31,144 out-of-state|
|Syracuse University||Syracuse, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's||$43,318|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
College Selection Criteria
To choose the best college for pursuit of a journalism major, students must consider what level of education they desire, the curriculum offered by the degree program and the experience that can be gained at the school. Students may want to consider the following as well:
- Some schools offer more generalized programs of study, while others offer a wide variety of areas of interest in the field of journalism, such as data journalism, photojournalism or investigative journalism.
- An on-campus school newspaper and other media-related avenues of experience can enhance a journalism major degree program.
- Universities with established journalism organizations can provide social interaction and conversational exchanges for students and can help prepare them for work once they graduate.
- Admission to a bachelor's degree program in journalism may depend on some prerequisites, such as satisfactory ACT or SAT scores, particularly in English, and a high school grade point average of 3.0 in English.
Undergraduate and graduate journalism programs can be found at schools around the country. While many of the best programs are offered at private schools, there are reputable programs offered at public schools that are much less expensive.