Journalism Colleges in Colorado with Degree Program Overviews

Research journalism programs in Colorado, which currently has eight colleges offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, tuition info and program options for six of these schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

Several public and private not-for-profit colleges and universities in Colorado offer journalism bachelor's and master's degrees. One school discussed in this article also offers an undergraduate certificate program. Students may be able to specialize in such areas as news editorials, public relations, broadcasting or media studies. These programs prepare students for employment as reporters, publicists, broadcast journalists or photojournalists. Read on for details about various journalism programs as well as their respective colleges, all of which are located in or north of Denver.

Colorado State University - Fort Collins

The Fort Collins campus of Colorado State University offers a customizable journalism and media communication bachelor's degree program. Students are required to take the university core curriculum and 40 credits in the journalism major. They then have the opportunity to select 21 or more subject-specific credits outside of the Journalism and Media Communication Department to develop a field of expertise such as political science, business or information technology. Within the journalism major, students can choose from news-editorial, computer-mediated communication, television news and video, specialized communication and public relations concentrations. Students are required to complete a senior capstone course and an internship or practicum.

Community College of Denver

Community College of Denver (CCD) is located in the Mile High City, Denver. CCD offers an 18-credit certificate program in journalism. The four required courses cover topics in reporting, mass media, Internet media and feature writing. Students are also required to take two electives in subjects such as digital photography, newspaper design, advertising, marketing or news writing. The credits from this program can be transferred into an associate's degree program at the college.

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Denver is the home of Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSUD). MSUD's Department of Journalism and Technical Communication offers a bachelor's degree program in journalism with concentration options in convergent journalism, magazines and public relations. The convergent journalism concentration incorporates aspects of the other major concentrations and covers journalism and technology for the 21st century. The department also offers minors in digital media, public relations and technical communication.

University of Colorado - Boulder

The University of Colorado in Boulder has a journalism and mass communication department that offers a bachelor's degree program in journalism with broadcast news, advertising, broadcast production, media studies and news editorial concentrations. Students typically complete a pre-journalism program during their freshman years before they may declare a journalism major; however, highly qualified high school graduates may be admitted directly into the journalism and mass communication program.

Journalism students are required to choose an additional field of study to help develop depth and context to add to their journalism content. Additional studies can include environmental studies, art and art history, international affairs or other contemporary issues. The school also offers a master's degree program in journalism where students have the option to choose between two paths: professional practice or area of expertise.

University of Denver

The University of Denver offers a bachelor's degree program in journalism at its Denver campus through its Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies. The program helps students develop news judgment as well as accurate and fair writing skills. Since news is a fast-paced industry, students also learn how to rapidly produce and relay news stories for all news mediums and platforms. An internship with an off-campus media outlet is a requirement for graduation.

The school also offers a master's degree program in media and public communication with strategic communication or media and globalization student emphases. There are also dual degree options that allow students to earn two master's degrees in any area.

University of Northern Colorado

Located in Greeley, the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) also offers a bachelor's degree program in journalism with three areas of emphasis: public relations and advertising media, news-editorial and telecommunications. Students in each of the specialized areas of study are required to take basic journalism courses in areas such as news writing, media ethics and mass communications law before focusing on their area of specialization. Students are required to take pre-journalism courses and typically declare the journalism major by their sophomore year. Once admitted into the journalism major, the major course requirements typically take two years to complete. Though an internship is not required, it is strongly recommended.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Journalism Programs Offered Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)
Colorado State University - Fort Collins 4-year, public; midsize city Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Communication $10,558 in-state; $27,267 out-of-state*
Community College of Denver 2-year, public; large city Certificate in Journalism/Mass Media $3,509 in-state; $13,179 out-of-state*
Metropolitan State University of Denver 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Arts in Journalism $6,420 in-state; $20,057 out-of-state*
University of Colorado Boulder 4-year, public; small city Bachelor of Arts in Journalism,
Master of Arts in Journalism
Undergraduate: $11,091 in-state; $34,125 out-of-state *
Graduate: $12,320 in-state; $29,618 out-of-state *
University of Denver 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Studies,
Master of Arts in Media and Public Communication
Undergraduate: $44,178 *
Graduate: $43,458 *
University of Northern Colorado 4-year, public; small city Bachelor of Arts in Journalism $8,166 in-state; $19,752 out-of-state*

Source: *NCES, College Navigator.

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