Top Journalism Schools



If you are someone who must read all of the latest headlines daily or have a nature investigative nature for discovering the truth, majoring in journalism may be a great choice. Within a journalism degree program, you can obtain the skills needed to master the art of writing, reporting, researching, and editing articles for print production and/or broadcast. When searching for prospective journalism degrees, always remember that the best journalism schools will be accredited through the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

Associate of Arts in Journalism

Earning an Associate of Arts in Journalism will provide a broad-based general education background in combination with a foundation for introductory coursework in journalism. Along with courses in English, mathematics, science, and the humanities, students often take major courses related to:

  • Digital Production
  • Creative Writing
  • Editing
  • Graphic Design
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • News Reporting
  • Public Relations
  • Photography

Those who have graduated with a two-year Associate of Arts in Journalism degree will have the qualifications needed to pursue work in several areas of the media industry, including entry-level positions at magazines, newspapers, television broadcasting companies, and other publishers. Some of the most common career titles available are:

  • Copywriter
  • News Reporter
  • Writer
  • Publicist
  • Correspondent
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

For those seeking more advanced positions, a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism will provide a more in-depth introduction to journalism and mass communications as well as provide valuable hands-on opportunities with internships. Within a four-year bachelor’s degree program, journalism students will gain proficient reporting, writing, communication, technical, marketing, and investigative research skills. Common courses include:

  • Broadcast News Writing
  • Copyediting and Design
  • History of American Media
  • Mass Communications
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Photojournalism
  • Web Design
  • Visual Communications

Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, graduates will have ample credentials for pursuing entry and mid-level positions in journalism-related careers for media, writing, public relations, editing, and advertising. Students may wish to become a(n):

  • Newspaper/Magazine Editor
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Technical Writer
  • News Analyst or Reporter
  • Photojournalist
Master of Arts in Journalism

Pursuing a journalism degree at the master’s level from one of the top journalism schools in the U.S. will offer students greater benefits for professional career advancement later on. As a program that typically takes one or two years of full-time graduate studies, the Master of Arts in Journalism is available for individuals who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and demonstrate strong writing skills. In order to learn the skills needed to create news stories and maintain all ethical standards of journalism, students take courses in:

  • Digital Media
  • Advanced Research Strategies
  • Media Ethics
  • Journalism and Media Law
  • Newscast Writing/Reporting
  • Feature and Specialized Writing
  • Television/News/Magazine Production

After completing the master’s degree and the required thesis or major project, graduates will have the high level of knowledge needed to specialize their careers in a specific medium, such as Internet news media, public affairs reporting, TV broadcasting, or investigative journalism. Graduates may decide to pursue the titles of:

  • News/Sports Anchor
  • On-Air Broadcast Reporter
  • News Media Producer
  • Multimedia Journalist
  • Meteorologist
  • Broadcast News Analyst

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Top Journalism Schools According to NewsPro

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1

Total 18186 Enrollment

Syracuse University

Institute Type

4-year private, not-for-profit

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2

Total 16952 Enrollment

Northwestern University

Institute Type

4-year private, not-for-profit

Rank

3

Total 19639 Enrollment

Columbia University in the City of New York

Institute Type

4-year private, not-for-profit

Rank

4

Total 23309 Enrollment

University of Missouri - Columbia

Institute Type

4-year public

Rank

5

Total 29194 Enrollment

University of Southern California

Institute Type

4-year private, not-for-profit

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6

Total 44126 Enrollment

Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus

Institute Type

4-year public

Rank

7

Total 37150 Enrollment

New York University

Institute Type

4-year private, not-for-profit

Rank

8

Total 31277 Enrollment

University of California - Berkeley

Institute Type

4-year public

Rank

9

Total 24892 Enrollment

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Institute Type

4-year public

Rank

10

Total 20527 Enrollment

George Washington University

Institute Type

4-year private, not-for-profit

View All Schools Offering Journalism Programs

Title City State Type Enrollment Total
The University of Texas at Austin Austin TX 4-year public 49996
Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus OH 4-year public 47952
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis MN 4-year public 45481
University of Florida Gainesville FL 4-year public 45114
Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus Tempe AZ 4-year public 44126
Texas A & M University College Station TX 4-year public 44026
Michigan State University East Lansing MI 4-year public 43366
University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison WI 4-year public 40658
Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus University Park PA 4-year public 40571
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign IL 4-year public 38465
New York University New York NY 4-year private, not-for-profit 37150
Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington IN 4-year public 37076
Rutgers University - New Brunswick/piscataway New Brunswick NJ 4-year public 35236
University of Arizona Tucson AZ 4-year public 34488
University of Central Florida Orlando FL 4-year public 33713
University of Maryland - College Park College Park MD 4-year public 33189
Brigham Young University Provo UT 4-year private, not-for-profit 32554
University of Houston Houston TX 4-year public 32123
San Diego State University San Diego CA 4-year public 31609
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge LA 4-year public 31527
University of Georgia Athens GA 4-year public 31288
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley CA 4-year public 31277
California State University - Long Beach Long Beach CA 4-year public 30918
Wayne State University Detroit MI 4-year public 30408
University of Colorado at Boulder Boulder CO 4-year public 29352
University of Southern California Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 29194
California State University - Northridge Northridge CA 4-year public 29066
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo MI 4-year public 28657
American River College Sacramento CA 2-year public 28420
Temple University Philadelphia PA 4-year public 28355
Boston University Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 28318
University of Iowa Iowa City IA 4-year public 28311
Pima Community College Tucson AZ 2-year public 28078
Santa Monica College Santa Monica CA 2-year public 27868
Santa Ana College Santa Ana CA 2-year public 27571
Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis IN 4-year public 27525
East Los Angeles College Monterey Park CA 2-year public 27199
University of North Texas Denton TX 4-year public 27054
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant MI 4-year public 26845
Iowa State University Ames IA 4-year public 26845
San Francisco State University San Francisco CA 4-year public 26826
Colorado State University Fort Collins CO 4-year public 26807
San Jose State University San Jose CA 4-year public 26698
University of Kansas Main Campus Lawrence KS 4-year public 25920
The University of Tennessee Knoxville TN 4-year public 25890
California State University - Sacramento Sacramento CA 4-year public 25714
Texas Tech University Lubbock TX 4-year public 24558
Cerritos College Norwalk CA 2-year public 24536
University of Massachusetts - Amherst Amherst MA 4-year public 24416
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman OK 4-year public 24205
El Camino College Torrance CA 2-year public 24067
Northeastern University Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 23897
University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia SC 4-year public 23728
University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque NM 4-year public 23670
Georgia State University Atlanta GA 4-year public 23625
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti MI 4-year public 23561
Northern Illinois University Dekalb IL 4-year public 23248
University of Kentucky Lexington KY 4-year public 23114
Pasadena City College Pasadena CA 2-year public 22948
De Anza College Cupertino CA 2-year public 22770
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale IL 4-year public 22552
Texas State University - San Marcos San Marcos TX 4-year public 22423
University of Nebraska at Lincoln Lincoln NE 4-year public 22268
West Virginia University Morgantown WV 4-year public 21987
Kent State University - Kent Campus Kent OH 4-year public 21924
Auburn University Main Campus Auburn University AL 4-year public 21860
Utah State University Logan UT 4-year public 21490
Palomar College San Marcos CA 2-year public 21062
Long Beach City College Long Beach CA 2-year public 20926
George Washington University Washington DC 4-year private, not-for-profit 20527
The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington TX 4-year public 20424
Fullerton College Fullerton CA 2-year public 19993
University of Memphis Memphis TN 4-year public 19986
Northern Arizona University Flagstaff AZ 4-year public 19964
Ohio University - Main Campus Athens OH 4-year public 19920
Columbia University in the City of New York New York NY 4-year private, not-for-profit 19639
California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 4-year public 19593
Rio Hondo College Whittier CA 2-year public 19506
University of Connecticut Storrs CT 4-year public 19393
Fresno City College Fresno CA 2-year public 19351
The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa AL 4-year public 19277
Ball State University Muncie IN 4-year public 19004
Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater OK 4-year public 18676
St. Johns University - New York Queens NY 4-year private, not-for-profit 18621
Grand Valley State University Allendale MI 4-year public 18569
Syracuse University Syracuse NY 4-year private, not-for-profit 18186
Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles CA 2-year public 18164
Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green OH 4-year public 18096
Southwestern College Chula Vista CA 2-year public 17994
University of Oregon Eugene OR 4-year public 17801
Missouri State University Springfield MO 4-year public 17703
Metropolitan State College of Denver Denver CO 4-year public 17688
Los Angeles Valley College Valley Glen CA 2-year public 17393
University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu HI 4-year public 17263
Northwestern University Evanston IL 4-year private, not-for-profit 16952
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo CA 4-year public 16877
Miami University - Oxford Oxford OH 4-year public 16757
Cosumnes River College Sacramento CA 2-year public 16493
Los Angeles Pierce College Woodland Hills CA 2-year public 16111
Weber State University Ogden UT 4-year public 16050