Top Journalism Graduate Schools in the U.S.

Find out which top schools have graduate programs in journalism, which typically lead to a Master of Arts in Journalism or Master of Journalism. Take a look at what four leading institutions have to offer in terms of degree options and rankings, and use the list at the end of the resource to find other graduate journalism schools in the U.S.

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School Overview

Graduate students who are interested in advanced studies in journalism can find programs at Columbia University, an Ivy League institution, as well as the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Maryland. Each of the three schools offers master's degrees in journalism; doctoral programs are available at Columbia University and the University of Maryland. Unique to the University of California are its dual degree programs in journalism and other major fields of study, such as law. All three schools also offer concentrations or specialized coursework in particular areas of journalism.

1. Columbia University in New York, NY

School Highlight: Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism offers numerous journalistic awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and the Chancellor Award.

Columbia University is an Ivy League school and a private research institution that U.S. News & World Report ranked fourth among national universities in 2015. Students can earn a Master of Science (M.S.) in Journalism that includes specializations in investigative journalism, data journalism and documentary production.

Experienced reporters who want to gain skills in a specific journalistic area, such as health and science, arts and culture, politics or business, may consider the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Journalism. The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism is also available to qualified applicants. Four dual master's degree programs are offered as well, which combine the study of journalism with business, computer science, law or religion. A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Communications that includes journalism coursework is also offered.

2. University of California at Berkeley

School Highlight: The journalism school at UC Berkeley features numerous digital media workshops at kdmcBerkeley.

The University of California at Berkeley was designated as a 'Best Western College' by The Princeton Review in 2015. The institution was also named the top public university in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. The Graduate School of Journalism offers a Master of Journalism (M.J.) program, through which students acquire experience in print, online and broadcast media. Coursework includes specialty topics in scientific and environmental journalism, business reporting, photojournalism and global reporting. Three dual degrees are also offered, including an M.J./M.A. in Asian Studies, M.J./Juris Doctor (law degree) and M.J./Master of Public Health. The school is home to Brink Magazine and many other reporting projects as well.

3. University of Maryland - College Park

School Highlight: Students can get hands-on experience working with broadcast news at the Richard Eaton Broadcast Center, home of UMTV and the student-run news organization, Capital News Service.

In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Maryland in College Park as the 20th best public university in the country. At the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, graduate students can enjoy small class sizes while pursuing a non-thesis M.J. program or a thesis-based M.A. in Journalism. Students can choose one of three study tracks: multi-platform journalism, broadcast news and returning journalists. Graduates who wish to teach, conduct research or consult in the journalism field might consider the Ph.D. in Journalism program.

Top Journalism Graduate Schools

School Name Distinction Location
American University M.A. in Interactive Journalism program is available on weekends Washington, D.C.
Northwestern University Awards sponsored by the Medill School of Journalism include the Medal for Courage in Journalism and the Ida B. Wells Award Evanston, IL
Ohio University On-campus publications include The Athens Messenger and The Post Athens, OH
Syracuse University Offered the nation's first radio broadcasting course Syracuse, NY
University of Colorado at Boulder Established the Center for Environmental Journalism in 1992 Boulder, CO
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Presents the Illinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Urbana, IL
University of Missouri - Columbia First journalism school in the U.S. Columbia, MO
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