Top Journalism Graduate Schools in the U.S.

Find out which top schools have graduate programs in journalism, which typically lead to a Master of Arts in Journalism or Master of Journalism. Take a look at what four leading institutions have to offer in terms of degree options and rankings, and use the list at the end of the resource to find other graduate journalism schools in the U.S.

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Graduate degrees in journalism offer many career possibilities upon completion in a number of venues. Preview several of the country's best schools with these kinds of programs to find the one that's right for you. Graduate students who are interested in advanced studies in journalism can find programs at Columbia University, an Ivy League institution, as well as the University of California - Berkeley, the University of Maryland, and American University.

Each of these schools offers master's degrees in journalism. Doctoral programs are available at Columbia University and the University of Maryland. Unique to the University of California are its dual degree programs in journalism and other major fields of study, such as law. All four schools also offer concentrations or specialized coursework in particular areas of journalism.

Columbia University in New York, NY

Columbia University is an Ivy League school and a private research institution that U.S. News & World Report ranked fifth among national universities for 2017. Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism offers numerous journalistic awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Alfred I. duPont - Columbia University Award, and the Chancellor Award. The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism is also available to qualified applicants.

Students can earn a Master of Science (M.S.) in Journalism that includes specializations in investigative journalism, data journalism, and documentary production. The school's Master of Arts (M.A.) in Journalism program is designed for experienced reporters who want to gain skills in a specific journalistic area, such as health and science, arts and culture, politics, or business. Four dual master's programs are offered as well, which combine the study of journalism with business, computer science, law, or religion. A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Communications that includes journalism coursework is also offered.

University of California at Berkeley

The University of California at Berkeley was designated as a 'Best Western College' by The Princeton Review in 2016. The institution was also named the top public university in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. The Graduate School of Journalism offers a Master of Journalism (M.J.) program, through which students acquire experience in print, online, and broadcast media. Coursework includes specialty topics in scientific and environmental journalism, business reporting, photojournalism, and global reporting.

Three dual degrees are also offered, including an M.J./M.A. in Asian Studies, M.J./Juris Doctor (law degree), and M.J./Master of Public Health. The school is home to Brink Magazine and many other reporting projects as well. Students can participate in numerous digital media workshops at KDMC Berkeley.

University of Maryland

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Maryland in College Park as the 20th best public university in the country for 2017. At the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, graduate students can enjoy small class sizes while pursuing a non-thesis Master of Journalism program or a thesis-based M.A. in Journalism. Students can choose one of three study tracks: multi-platform journalism, broadcast news, and returning journalists. Graduates who wish to teach, conduct research, or consult in the journalism field might consider the Ph.D. in Journalism program. Students can get hands-on experience working with broadcast news at the Richard Eaton Broadcast Center, home of UMTV and the student-run news organization, Capital News Service.

American University

American University is the 74th best university in the nation for 2017, according to U.S. News & World Report. This school offers a Master of Arts in Journalism and Public Affairs, as well as a master's program in journalism and digital storytelling, each focusing on different aspects of journalism and reporting. Students in the digital storytelling master's programs only take classes on Saturdays and can finish the program in 20 months. In addition, a joint BA/MA in Journalism is available.

Top Journalism Graduate Schools

Many other schools also have highly-rated graduate degrees in journalism. Such as:

School Name Distinction Location
Northwestern University Awards sponsored by the Medill School of Journalism include the Medal for Courage in Journalism and the Ida B. Wells Award Evanston, IL
Ohio University In-campus publications include The Athens Messenger and The Post Athens, OH
Syracuse University Offered the nation's first radio broadcasting course Syracuse, NY
University of Colorado at Boulder Established the Center for Environmental Journalism in 1992 Boulder, CO
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Presents the Illinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Urbana, IL
University of Missouri - Columbia First journalism school in the U.S. Columbia, MO

Among top U.S. schools with graduate journalism programs, Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Maryland - College Park, and American University stand out as some of the best due to the large number of on-campus resources and for variety of specializations students can pursue.

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