Top 10 Journalism Schools in the U.S.

Read about the top ten journalism schools in the U.S. Learn about the degree options at four leading universities, and find out what's unique to the other top schools in the country that provide training for aspiring journalists.

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Among the top ten journalism schools in the country are an Ivy League institution and two high-ranking public universities. Each of the three schools offers graduate programs in journalism. Students at the University of Missouri can also pursue a bachelor's degree in the same field of study. In general, most journalism schools help students gain reporting skills through hands-on work with websites, newspapers, television stations and magazines.

1. Columbia University in New York, NY

School Highlight: Columbia was the first school in the U.S. to awards a graduate degree in journalism.

In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked Columbia University as tied for the fourth-best school in the country. The Graduate School of Journalism at this Ivy League university offers degree programs in journalism and communications exclusively for graduate students. For example, students may pursue a Master of Arts or Master of Science in Journalism, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Communications. Each program includes courses, seminars and workshops, through which students can learn about new media and acquire reporting skills. The school gives out several awards, including the illustrious Pulitzer Prize.

2. University of California - Berkeley

School Highlight: The Knight Digital Media Center offers journalism tutorials.

As the highest-ranked public university in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report, the University of California in Berkeley placed 20th among national universities in 2015. The university's Graduate School of Journalism offers a 2-year Master of Journalism program. The university offers the collaborative News 21 project in cooperation with Columbia, Harvard, Northwestern and the University of Southern California, among other journalism schools.

3. University of Missouri in Columbia

School Highlight: Missouri holds the claim to the first journalism school in the world.

The University of Missouri in Columbia was named one of the top 50 public schools in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report. The state's largest public research university includes the School of Journalism, where students can pursue a Bachelor of Journalism program with more than 30 areas of focus. A number of other concentrations are available through the Master of Arts in Journalism program. Professionals interested in research or teaching careers might consider the Doctor of Philosophy in Journalism. Opportunities for hands-on experience can be found through radio stations, websites and two campus publications: the Columbia Missourian newspaper and Global Journalist magazine.

Top Journalism Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Indiana University - Bloomington Ernie Pyle Scholars honors program in journalism Bloomington, IN
Northwestern University Global Journalism Residency Program for graduate students Evanston, IL
Ohio University Scripps School of Journalism is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Athens, OH
Syracuse University Syracuse was the first school to offer a college credit radio course Syracuse, NY
University of Florida Home to The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information Gainesville, FL
University of Maryland - College Park Hosts a campus television station, UMTV College Park, MD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Special programs in journalism, including science and medical journalism Chapel Hill, NC
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