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Read about some of the top journalism colleges and universities in the U.S., which can help students prepare for careers in print, broadcast, and online media. View article »

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  • 0:04 School Overviews
  • 0:44 Columbia University
  • 1:20 University of California
  • 1:51 Washington and Lee University
  • 2:26 New York University
  • 2:58 More Top Jounalism Programs

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School Overviews

Learn about four top-notch journalism programs and find a list of other colleges and universities in the U.S. that offer programs for journalists. One of the top schools for journalism in the U.S. is Columbia University, an Ivy League school and home to the Pulitzer Prize. Both Columbia University and the University of California in Berkeley offer specialized graduate programs in journalism. Students at the Washington and Lee University can earn an undergraduate degree in one of several journalistic tracks, and New York University students have two options for undergraduate degrees and numerous ways to personalize their graduate learning. All of these schools are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

Columbia University in New York, NY

Columbia University is an Ivy League school that ranked tied for 5th among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. The university's Graduate School of Journalism, which administers the Pulitzer Prize, offers programs leading to a Master of Science, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy in Communications. The school also offers study abroad options, as well as dual-degree programs that combine journalism with international and public affairs, law, business, religion, or computer science. Students can also pursue international journalism programs in Paris, France, and Johannesburg, South Africa, among other areas.

University of California - Berkeley

The University of California Berkeley was the highest-ranking public institution on U.S. News & World Report's list of public schools for 2017. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism offers a unique Master of Journalism program, through which students can pursue integrative training in a number of disciplines, including photojournalism, print journalism, and other forms of media. The school offers programs in 10 areas of journalism, including environmental and science journalism, investigative journalism, and international journalism.

Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA

Washington and Lee University is a highly competitive private school that ranked 11th among liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. The university's Department of Journalism and Mass Communications offers an undergraduate major with sequences in journalism, business journalism, and mass communications. Signature programs include business journalism and journalism ethics. Students enrolled in the journalism sequence study broadcast- and paper-based media, as well as collaborate on electronic, print, and Internet media projects. In addition, students can participate in a two-day journalism ethics institute.

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New York University in New York, NY

U.S. News & World Report ranked New York University as the 36th-best university in the nation for 2017. At the school's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, students can enroll in a Bachelor of Arts program with a concentration in either journalism or media criticism. Graduate students can pursue a Master of Arts in ten different areas of study as well as many joint degree options for specializing in international relations or a foreign culture. Unique to this school is its Journalism in Ghana exchange program.

Top Journalism Programs

Other well-regarded schools with journalism programs include:

School Name Location Distinction
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL Runs the CU-Citizen Access project, a website that focuses on poverty in Illinois
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN The journalism program has the American Studies Club
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Offers master's programs in specialized journalism with a focus on the arts
University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX Features a sports journalism program
University of Washington Seattle, WA Offers an Olympia Legislative Reporting Internship for students in political journalism
University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI Offers over 50 different journalism-related courses

Many of the top journalism schools offer unique study abroad opportunities, internships, or extracurricular activities specifically for journalism students. A few of the best candidates among them include Columbia University, the University of California - Berkeley, Washington and Lee University, and New York University.

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