Florida Journalism Universities with Degree and Course Info

There are around 15 schools within Florida that have journalism programs. Read an overview of eight of the largest schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Essential Information

Schools throughout Florida offer journalism programs at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. Though less common, associate-level training is also available. Many schools have begun to embrace modern changes to journalism, choosing to integrate courses covering new media, Web design and more. All programs, however, integrate a core curriculum of reporting and communication ethics.

Some programs also require students to complete an internship experience for added hands-on training. Other schools allow students to gain practical skills by working in on-campus television or radio stations or by contributing to the college newspaper. Following are brief overviews of ten of Florida's largest colleges and universities, as well as a comparison table highlighting program and tuition info.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, or FAMU, began in 1887 as a school for colored students in the Florida capital of Tallahassee. Today, FAMU stands among the top historically black colleges and universities (HSBC). The School of Journalism and Graphic Communication was founded in 1982 and recently qualified for reaccreditation through the Accrediting Council on Journalism and Mass Communications. The school's Bachelor of Science in Journalism program allows for concentrations in broadcast, magazine or newspaper reporting.

Palm Beach Atlantic University

Founded in 1968, Palm Beach Atlantic University offers journalism programs grounded in Christian teachings to students throughout the West Palm Beach area. The School of Communication and Media, which offers the journalism programs, receives visits and guest lectures from professionals, such as Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Manuel Garcia. The journalism major requires roughly 20 courses, including a news seminar, a practicum and an internship. The journalism minor requires roughly half of the major courses. Topics covered include journalism for the Web, digital photography, advanced reporting and communication ethics. Students can also gain hands-on experience working for a campus cable network of 33 channels and/or a weekly newspaper, The Beacon.

Pensacola State College

Pensacola State College offers an associate's program in journalism to students in the Pensacola area. This two-year program includes courses in speaking and listening foundations, reporting, writing feature articles and media technologies. The school also offers a journalism honors organization, Beta Phi Gamma, for academically adept students. The program is designed to allow graduates to transfer to a four-year institute in the state.

Southeastern University

Nestled in Lakeland, between Tampa and Orlando, Southeastern University was founded in 1946 and is a member of the Assemblies of God universities. Students of all denominations are welcome to study at the university, but the general studies requirements include an 18-credit-hour religious core, which applies to journalism students. In addition to communication skills, students receive aesthetic training in the areas of layout and design, photography and electronic media.

University of Central Florida

Operating since 1963, the University of Central Florida serves nearly 60,000 students from its 1,415-acre campus, situated 13-miles east of Orlando's downtown. The university offers 212 degree programs, including a bachelor's in journalism. The program only admits 25 students each semester (spring, summer and fall). Applicants must earn a minimum 'A-' in two English composition courses, as well as accumulate 30 credits prior to applying. UCF makes many hands-on study opportunities available through the student-produced 'Knightly News' broadcast news show, Centric magazine and WNCS Internet radio.

University of Florida

Operating out of Gainesville, the University of Florida is one of 17 public, land-grant universities to hold membership in the Association of American Universities. Founded in 1853, the school sits on a 2,000-acre campus. The university offers roughly 300 undergraduate and graduate programs. The Department of Journalism awards a bachelor's in journalism and a master's in mass communication with a journalism specialization. Acceptance into the 124-credit undergraduate program is limited, and the selective master's program requires completion of a thesis or final project. The school also offers an intensive Summer Journalism Institute for high school seniors, which covers storytelling, editing, photography and more.

University of Miami

Founded in 1925 and located in Coral Gables the University of Miami offers an array of undergraduate and graduate programs. At the undergraduate level, students can major or minor in journalism. In addition to the traditional program, students can major in broadcast journalism. Graduate students can study journalism.

University of South Florida - St. Petersburg Campus

The University of South Florida sits near Tampa, in the coastal city of St. Petersburg. The mass communications program encompasses roughly 25 courses. In addition to foundational classes, such as media ethics and reporting, students select 15 credits of electives, in areas such as literary journalism or public affairs reporting. Available electives also cover practical skills, such as photography and Web publishing. The school's Master of Arts in Journalism and Media studies requires on-campus, online and hybrid coursework. This 36-credit program culminates in either a thesis or an applied research project.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Journalism Degree Programs Offered Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Public, four-year; midsized city Bachelor of Science in Journalism $5,785 in-state,
$17,725 out-of-state*
Palm Beach Atlantic University Private not-for-profit, four-year; small city Bachelor of Arts in Journalism $27,150*
Pensacola State College Public, four-year (primarily associate's); small city Associate in Arts in Journalism $2,704 in-state,
$10,875 out-of-state*
Southeastern University Private not-for-profit, four-year; small city Bachelor of Arts in Digital Journalism,
Bachelor of Science in Digital Journalism
University of Central Florida Public, four-year; large suburb Bachelor of Arts in Journalism $6,368 in-state,
$22,467 out-of-state*
University of Florida Public, four-year; midsized city Bachelor of Science in Journalism,
Master of Arts in Mass Communication - Journalism
$6,381 in-state,
$28,659 out-of-state
$12,737 in-state graduate
$29,302 out-of-state graduate*
University of Miami Private not-for-profit, four-year; large suburb Bachelor of Science in Journalism,
Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism,
Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media,
Master of Arts in Journalism
$34,248 graduate*
University of South Florida - St. Petersburg Campus Public, four-year; midsized city Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications,
Master of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies
$5,821 in-state,
$16,735 out-of-state,
$10,226 in-state graduate,
$20,414 out-of-state graduate*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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