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Journalism Colleges in Montana with Course and Degree Overviews

Research journalism degrees in Montana, which currently has four colleges offering programs. Read an overview of two of these degree programs, tuition info, and program options, and decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

For students seeking a degree in journalism in Montana, two of the options include Carroll College and the University of Montana. Of these two schools, only the University of Montana offers a degree at the master's level. Bachelor's degrees usually take about four years to earn and are required for admission to master's degree programs. Students studying journalism may have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by working on school newspapers or other publications.

The following information details a couple of the journalism programs available to Montana-based students, including curriculum details. A table provides an easy comparison between the two schools.


Carroll College

Carroll College is a four-year, private, non-profit university located in Helena. It is a liberal arts and pre-professional college with a Catholic affiliation, and it has a total population of less than 1,500 students. It offers degree programs at the associate's and bachelor's levels. Students wishing to study journalism at Carroll College can pursue a degree in public relations with a concentration in print journalism.

To obtain the public relations degree, students take courses totaling at least 33 credits in general communication, writing, research, ethics, and mass media. To complete the print journalism concentration, an additional 15 credit hours are spent studying technical aspects of the field, such as desktop publishing and layout. Students also spend two semesters in a prospector student newspaper course.

University of Montana

Located in Missoula, the University of Montana (UM) has a total population of more than 15,000 students. The School of Journalism has close to 30 faculty members and offers both bachelor's and master's degrees. At the undergraduate level, students can earn a bachelor's degree in journalism or radio-television production. The School of Journalism at UM emphasizes a strong liberal arts foundation and requires that a majority of the credit hours required for graduation (80 out of 120) be obtained outside the School of Journalism.

Graduate students can find a master's program in environmental science and natural resource journalism that can prepare them to report on ways humans affect the environment, along with the management of natural resources. To graduate from the master's program, the student must complete 36 credit hours, with 18 credits being journalism-based and 12 credits being non-journalism courses that center on environmental science or natural resources. In addition to degree programs, students have access to hands-on training through projects such as the Montana Journalism Review or Student Documentary Unit.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Journalism Degree Programs Offered Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)
Carroll College Four-year, private, not-for-profit; remote town Bachelor of Public Relations - Print Journalism $30,754*
University of Montana Four-year, public; small city Bachelor of Arts in Journalism,
Master of Arts in Journalism - Environmental Science and Natural Resource
$6,158 undergraduate in-state,
$23,048 undergraduate out-of-state,
$5,818 graduate in-state,
$19,879 graduate out-of-state*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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