Journalism Schools in Chicago with Degree Program Summaries

Dec 03, 2018

Chicago Area Journalism Schools

Students in the Chicago area who intend to pursue a career in journalism can find a number of schools in the area offering journalism degrees. This article discusses 3 schools offering bachelor's and master's degrees. Included in the article is a table comparing tuition and other school information, and a paragraph discussing other area schools offering journalism programs.

  • DePaul University is located just one half mile from downtown and is the largest of the three schools. DePaul offers undergraduate and graduate journalism degrees and a combined bachelor's and master's degree in journalism.
  • Loyola University Chicago is located about eight miles from downtown Chicago and offers a bachelor's degree program in journalism.
  • In the city of Evanston, 12 miles from Chicago, is Northwestern University offering undergraduate and graduate journalism degrees.

Comparison of Schools

Location and tuition may be important considerations for prospective students. The following table compares key attributes of the schools discussed in this article.

DePaul University Loyola University Chicago Northwestern University
School Type Four-year; private, not-for-profit Four-year; private, not-for-profit Four-year; private, not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 22,769* 16,673* 22,008*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Small city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $39,010* $43,078* $52,678*
% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 96%* 98%* 61%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 72%* 71%* 9%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 84% of full-time students* 83% of full-time students* 98% of full-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students began Fall 2011) 71%* 77%* 94%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.

DePaul University

DePaul University's College of Communication administers courses in journalism, media and cinema studies, public relations and advertising. Students interested in journalism can choose from a bachelor's degree, five-year combined Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) degree or M.A. in Journalism at this Roman Catholic university.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

This 192 quarter-credit undergraduate degree program in journalism gives students a chance to learn about the latest technologies used in media. After taking the required introductory courses in journalism and news reporting, students can choose from a wide variety of news writing, magazine and television courses to enroll in. DePaul University also has a student newspaper, radio station and wide array of communication-related clubs to round out the undergraduate experience. Since the campus is so close to downtown, students are right next to some of the media outlets based in Chicago and may have internship opportunities at radio stations, newspapers and television stations.

Combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Journalism

Students who wish to accelerate their college education can apply for DePaul University's five-year combined bachelor's and master's degree program in journalism. Qualified journalism majors can apply in their junior year and, once accepted, they must take three graduate courses during their senior year. Upon completion of their undergraduate work, they will have about 10 remaining courses to complete during their fifth year.

Master of Arts in Journalism

The two-year master's program in journalism is focused on the responsibility of journalists to inform citizens. Students can learn to tell stories across broadcast, print, Internet and radio platforms. First-year course topics include reporting for converged newsrooms, the social responsibility of journalists and backpack reporting. During their second year, students can take courses from other departments in the College of Communication to fulfill their elective requirements. Students also have concentration options in sports journalism and reporting Metro Chicago.

Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago is the one of the nation's largest private Jesuit Catholic Universities and is spread across four separate campuses in Chicago. The journalism program is housed within the School of Communication, which is located at the Water Tower Campus.

Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Journalism

The major in this bachelor's degree program in multimedia journalism requires students to complete 46 credit hours of coursework focused on communications and journalism. Through the completion of coursework and an internship, students can learn about the various media outlets, including print, broadcast and video. Journalism students also have the opportunity to perfect their writing and editing skills with the Phoenix, a student-run school newspaper. Some of the elective courses students can choose form include sports broadcasting, news editing, photojournalism and video documentary.

Northwestern University

Founded in 1851, Northwestern University has three campuses, two of which are located in Illinois and one in Doha, Qatar. Undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism are offered at Northwestern through the university's Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications.

Bachelor of Science in Journalism

Journalism students in the bachelor's program must complete core courses through the Medill school for the journalism major and then choose an area of concentration in an outside discipline. Students begin with courses in reporting and writing and multimedia storytelling. This program features a journalism residency that puts students in a professional journalism setting for a full quarter. Students also have the option to complete international residencies in areas like Latin America, Qatar and South Africa.

Master of Science in Journalism

This master's program in journalism takes about a year to complete and is open to students who have a bachelor's degree, regardless of their major. The school prefers incoming students to have some work experience in their desired line of work prior to entering the program. Students have a variety of graduate elective options and can choose from specializations in magazine, sports media, video and broadcast, media innovation, and social justice and investigative reporting, among others.

Other Options

Students seeking programs in Chicago can also explore the journalism programs offered at the Illinois Institute of Technology and Roosevelt University, both located in the city of Chicago. Dominican University in River Forest and Elmhurst College in Elmhurst both offer journalism programs as well.

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