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Top Journalism Colleges and Top Journalism Universities

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. Learn about the degree options at three top-notch institutions, and find a list of other colleges and universities in the U.S. that offer programs for journalists.

School Overviews

One of the top schools for journalism in the U.S. is the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 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 Washington and Lee University can earn an undergraduate degree in one of several journalistic tracks. All of these schools are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

1. Columbia University in New York City, NY

School Highlight: Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism administers the Pulitzer Prize.

Columbia University is an Ivy League school that ranked tied for fourth among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2015. The university's Graduate School of Journalism, which administers the internationally known Pulitzer Prize and Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia Awards, offers programs leading to a Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 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.

2. University of California - Berkeley

School Highlight: Cal is home to the Berkeley Advanced Media Institute.

The University of California in Berkeley was the highest-ranking public institution on U.S. News & World Report's list of national universities for 2015. 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 photojournalism, environmental and science journalism or investigative journalism. Students can also pursue programs in televised journalism, investigative reporting and international journalism.

3. Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA

School Highlight: The journalism ethics program offers a 2-day institute for journalism students.

Washington and Lee University (W&L) is a highly competitive private school that ranked 14th among liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. 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.

Top Journalism Programs

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

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