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Journalism Schools in Boston, MA with Degree Program Summaries

Dec 08, 2018

The Boston area has about seven colleges that offer journalism programs. To help narrow down your options, learn about the degree program requirements at three schools located within less than five miles of the city's center.

Boston Schools with Journalism Programs

Students who dream of a career in journalism might want to consider studying in Boston. The area boasts several colleges that offer training in the field. This article focuses on the three schools in closest proximity to the downtown area. Read about required coursework for the undergraduate and/or graduate programs, and get facts and figures about each school in the table below. Some other college options are discussed as well.

  • Suffolk University is located right in the heart of Boston and offers a bachelor's degree program in journalism.
  • Emerson College gives students the option to choose from both bachelor's and master's degree programs in journalism. The campus is situated a little over a half-mile from downtown Boston.
  • Located roughly two miles from central Boston, Northeastern University is the largest of these three schools and offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in the field.

Comparison of Schools

Review this table to learn more about the profiled schools. It contains info such as graduation figures and acceptance rates to help you further compare the colleges.

Suffolk University Emerson College Northeastern University
School Type 4-year; private not-for-private 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 7,201* 4,459* 21,489*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $37,270* $44,832* $49,497*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 93%* 76%* 75%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 84%* 46%* 27%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 77% for full-time students* 88% for full-time students* 97% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (students who began in Fall 2011) 60%* 81%* 87%*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

Suffolk University

Founded in 1906, Suffolk University began as a law school and now offers more than 30 undergraduate majors. The College of Arts and Sciences offers programs in arts, humanities, natural sciences and more. An undergraduate degree program in journalism is available through the college's Department of Communication and Journalism.

Bachelor's Degree in Journalism

The bachelor's degree program in journalism at Suffolk University allows students to focus on an area of journalism that interests them most. The program begins by building a solid foundation in communication and journalism; students then select a concentration in broadcast journalism or print/web journalism. Depending on their chosen concentration, students may take courses in photojournalism, advanced reporting, copy editing or TV news.

Emerson College

Emerson College is a private, 4-year college with over 4,000 students in 2017. Aspiring journalists can earn degrees through the university's journalism department, which sponsors both radio and television studios. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available to students.

Bachelor of Science in Journalism

Students in the 4-year undergraduate journalism program begin with courses in journalism essentials and daily journalism. Additional courses include analytical journalism, conceptual journalism and advanced reporting. A capstone course is also required. The program emphasizes a multimedia approach to gathering and reporting news stories, and students learn about the most current news delivery methods.

Master of Arts in Journalism

Emerson's graduate students are required to learn basic skills in print, television, radio and online mediums to prepare for today's multimedia newsrooms. Coursework includes advanced multimedia, visual storytelling, editing and web producing, and data visualization. The program also has an online capstone and an internship requirement. The program requires 40 credits and takes 4 semesters to complete.

Northeastern University

Northeastern University is a comprehensive, private research university located within the city limits of Boston. The university has nine colleges and schools, including the College of Arts, Media and Design. Within this college, the School of Journalism provides undergraduate and graduate study for aspiring journalists.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

This bachelor's degree program combines academic learning with hands-on, practical experience. Students learn about the most current topics in the changing field of journalism. The 49 required credits for the major include history of journalism, ethics and visual storytelling. The curriculum emphasizes a comprehensive foundation in journalism, language and professional skills.

Master of Arts in Journalism

Northeastern University also offers a graduate program in journalism that can be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. Students in the master's program choose from a professional concentration or a concentration within the media innovation program. The professional concentration emphasizes the development of professional skills through coursework in ethics, law and journalism history, as well as through practical experience.

Media innovation students take two studio courses which allow them to work with peers and faculty on exercises and projects. The third class emphasizes storytelling and the building of analytical skills.

Other Schools

A few additional schools within 50 miles of downtown Boston offer journalism programs. Aspiring journalists may wish to research Boston University, Eastern Nazarene College, Salem State University and Roger Williams University.

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