Students may find that a bachelor's degree in music, when combined with journalism electives, can prepare them for a career in music journalism. Master's degree programs may appeal to students for the professional advantage they offer through higher education, as well as a focused arts curriculum.
Top 10 Journalism Schools
Below is a list of schools across the country that offer degrees in journalism:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Emerson College||Boston, MA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's||$41,052|
|Northwestern University||Evanston, IL||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$49,047|
|The University of Texas at Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$9,806 (in-state); $34,676 (out-of-state)|
|Boston University||Boston, MA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's||$48,436|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles, CA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's||$50,277|
|University of Missouri-Columbia||Columbia, MO||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$9,509 (in-state); $25,166 (out-of-state)|
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's||$47,750|
|Washington and Lee University||Lexington, VA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$46,417|
|Syracuse University||Syracuse, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's||$43,318|
|American University||Washington, DC||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's and Master's||$43,103|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
The following are further considerations when searching for a school in this field:
- Consider programs that offer professional assistance in obtaining internships and freelance positions, especially in the music industry.
- Schools with active newspapers can provide valuable experience.
- Search for schools in locations with thriving, diverse music scenes.
Bachelor's Degree in Music
Bachelor's degree programs in music can be combined with elective courses in journalism in order to prepare students for careers in music journalism. A music portfolio and a senior music project may be required.
Bachelor's Degree in Journalism
Bachelor's degree programs in journalism focus on journalism techniques, such as the structuring of articles, Associated Press writing style and journalism law, including copyright and libel. Students may be required to complete multiple news assignments, including reviewing music events. Internship experiences are often mandatory.
Master's Degree in Journalism
Master's degree programs in journalism allow students to focus on one of many artistic areas of emphasis within journalism, including music and theater. Students may be expected to complete multiple articles in their chosen area, engage in real-world internship and freelance experiences and complete a portfolio for graduation.
Students interested in music journalism can gain experience from undergraduate and graduate degrees in music or journalism. Schools with newspapers and internships within the music or journalism industries should be considered.