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Colleges with a Journalism Major: List of Colleges and Universities

A minimum of a bachelor's degree is preferred by employers hiring journalists. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at many colleges.

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.

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