Journalism Colleges in Miami, FL with Degree Program Summaries

Sep 21, 2018

The Miami area has several colleges that offer journalism degrees. To find out which one is right for you, learn about the program options and requirements at three universities located within about 45 miles of downtown.

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Miami Journalism Programs

Students interested in studying journalism and communications in Miami, Florida, have multiple undergraduate and graduate options available to them. Explore the required coursework and learning opportunities at three such institutions. Also included in this article is a school statistics table and info on a fourth college option in the area.

  • Florida International University, located roughly nine miles from central Miami, offers a communication bachelor's degree with a journalism concentration, as well as a master's degree in the field.
  • Situated around 10 miles from the city's center, the University of Miami has two bachelor's-level programs in different areas of journalism. It also has a master's degree program that allows students to concentrate in areas such as news and feature writing, multimedia journalism or broadcast journalism.
  • Those students with an interest in studying multimedia journalism may want to consider the bachelor's degree program offered by Lynn University. The campus is about 46 miles from Miami's downtown area.

Comparison of Schools

You can easily compare the costs, acceptance rates, graduation numbers and more for the profiled schools in the following table. Researching their academic offerings is obviously important, but so are some of the facts and figures below that could impact your education decision.

Florida International University University of Miami Lynn University
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 56,718* 17,003* 3,010*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Small city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $6,556 in-state; $18,954 out-of-state* $48,484* $37,510*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 86%* 76%* 92%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 54%* 36%* 85%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 88% for full-time students* 91% for full-time students* 69% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (for students who began their studies in 2011) 57%* 84%* 51%*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

Florida International University

FIU offers students the opportunity to gain experience through the South Florida News Service and produce journalism via local media. The school founded the country's first Spanish-language master's program in journalism and is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

Bachelor of Science in Communication with a Specialization in Journalism

This bachelor's degree program offers a journalism track for students pursuing the 4-year program in communication. Coursework focuses on writing, visual design, broadcast media, global media, and reporting. Upon completion of coursework, students should be prepared to work as journalists for a variety of media outlets.

Master of Science in Mass Communication

Students in this graduate program choose from concentration areas such as global strategic communications and Spanish language journalism. The global strategic communications program is offered both on campus and online. The Spanish-language journalism track is designed for students wishing to work in Spanish-language media. Students develop advanced skills in writing, analysis, journalism ethics, and critical thinking.

University of Miami

The School of Communication at the University of Miami offers degree programs in electronic media, motion pictures, advertising, public relations, journalism, and communication studies. The school's learning facilities for students include film and photography studios, a radio station, and a cable TV channel.

Bachelor of Science in Journalism

The Bachelor of Science in Journalism program prepares students for work as print media designers, online media designers, or writers. Students learn techniques in information gathering, fact verification, and communication. Tracks in the program include media and journalism studies and reporting and writing.

Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism

The major in broadcast journalism includes coursework focusing on mass media communication, news media writing, electronic media law, and television news reporting. Students in this program also gain experience by providing content for the school's own weekly newscast.

Master of Arts in Journalism

This 18-month program is a combination of academic and hands-on study. Coursework includes visual storytelling, media law and ethics, writing and reporting techniques, global media, sports reporting, feature writing, and international journalism.

Lynn University

Lynn University is a 4-year, private not-for-profit school located in Boca Raton, Florida. The university's School of International Communication offers prospective journalism students an undergraduate program in multimedia journalism.

Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Journalism

This 4-year program offered by Lynn University requires students to complete 120 credits of coursework. Courses include topics like professional standards, social media, ethics and photojournalism. Students can also participate in a student newspaper and news website.

Other School Options

An additional school option outside of the Miami area is Nova Southeastern University (NSU), which is about 24 miles from downtown Miami. NSU offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a journalism track that includes courses in print and broadcast journalism.

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