Top 10 Journalism Schools in the U.S.

Aug 14, 2018

Read about the top 10 journalism schools in the U.S. Learn about the degree options at four leading universities, and find out what's unique to the other top schools in the country that provide training for aspiring journalists. View article »

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  • 0:40 Columbia University
  • 1:20 University of…
  • 1:53 University of Missouri
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  • 3:05 Top Journalism Schools

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School Overviews

Students looking for schools to study journalism have a wide variety of options throughout the nation. Let's explore the undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs available at 10 of the top journalism institutions.

Among the top 10 journalism schools in the country are an Ivy League institution and a few high-ranking public universities. Each of the following four schools offers graduate programs in journalism and was ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. In general, most journalism schools help students gain reporting skills through hands-on work with websites, newspapers, television stations, and magazines.

Columbia University

Columbia University in New York, NY, was the first school in the U.S. to award a graduate degree in journalism. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Ivy League institution as tied for the 5th-best school in the country.

The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia offers degree programs in journalism and communications exclusively for graduate students. For example, students may pursue a Master of Arts or Master of Science in Journalism, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Communications. Each program includes courses, seminars, and workshops, through which students can learn about new media and acquire reporting skills. The school gives out several awards, including the illustrious Pulitzer Prize.

University of California - Berkeley

As the highest-ranked public university in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report, the University of California in Berkeley placed 20th among national universities in 2016.

The university's Graduate School of Journalism offers a 2-year Master of Journalism program. The university offers the collaborative News 21 project in cooperation with Columbia, Harvard, Northwestern, and the University of Southern California, among other journalism schools. Additionally, the Knight Digital Media Center offers journalism tutorials.

University of Missouri in Columbia

The University of Missouri in Columbia was tied as the 51st top public school in the country in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report. The institution is the state's largest public research university and is home to the first journalism school in the world.

Students in the School of Journalism can pursue a Bachelor of Journalism program with more than 30 areas of focus. A number of other concentrations are available through the Master of Arts in Journalism program. Professionals interested in research or teaching careers might consider the Doctor of Philosophy in Journalism. Opportunities for hands-on experience can be found through radio stations, websites, and two campus publications: the Columbia Missourian newspaper and Global Journalist magazine.

Indiana University - Bloomington

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Indiana University - Bloomington as tied for the 36th top public school in the nation. Journalism students in the media school may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a concentration in news reporting and editing or public relations. A Master of Science in Media with a journalism concentration is also available. Many journalism students at Indiana University are part of the Ernie Pyle Scholars honors program.

Top Journalism Schools

The colleges and universities that follow are also top journalism schools in the nation:

School Name Location Distinction
Northwestern University Evanston, IL Home to the Global Journalism Residency Program for graduate students
Ohio University Athens, OH Scripps School of Journalism is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY The first school to offer a college credit radio course
University of Florida Gainesville, FL Home to the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information
University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD Hosts a campus television station, known as UMTV
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC Has special programs in journalism, including science and medical journalism

To sum things up, the featured colleges and universities have been selected as among the top institutions in the nation for journalism because of how they were ranked by U.S. News & World Report or due to unique learning opportunities available to journalism students.

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