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University Journalism Programs

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications is the agency responsible for the evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities. Here’s a list of ACEJMC-accredited programs in the United States.

ALABAMA

University of Alabama, College of Communication and Information Sciences, Tuscaloosa

Auburn University, School of Communication and Journalism, Auburn (Provisional 2012)

Jacksonville State University, Department of Communication, Jacksonville

 

ALASKA

University of Alaska Anchorage, Department of Journalism and Public Communications, Anchorage

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Department of Journalism, Fairbanks

 

ARIZONA

Arizona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Phoenix
The Cronkite School is nationally recognized as one of the nation’s leading journalism schools. Students obtain real-world experience in the school’s innovative professional programs including a nightly newscast on PBS, sports journalism operation, news bureaus in Phoenix and D.C., and more. Cronkite is located in a state-of-the-art media complex in Phoenix, that also houses Arizona’s PBS station and is in close proximity to numerous media outlets in the nation’s sixth-largest city and 12th-largest broadcast market.

University of Arizona, School of Journalism, Tucson
The University of Arizona School of Journalism in Tucson, Ariz., founded in 1951 and nationally accredited since 1964, offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism, and is one of the few programs in the country to focus solely on journalism. In addition to a strong focus in global journalism, the school excels in science/environmental journalism and public affairs reporting. Every member of the faculty worked in journalism before entering academia.

 

ARKANSAS

Arkansas State University, College of Media and Communications, State University
The College of Media and Communication offers degrees in communication studies, creative media production, multimedia journalism and strategic communications. All graduates from the college should be able to think and solve problems, communicate verbally and visually, and understand the norms, values and expectations of a professional communicator. In particular, the multimedia journalism program prepares working journalists and news practitioners to generate, research, write, and produce newsworthy content across the spectrum of news media.

University of Arkansas, Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism, Fayetteville

 

CALIFORNIA

California State University, Chico, Department of Journalism and Public Relations, Chico
Not your ordinary major. Not your ordinary career. Interested in telling compelling stories – whatever the platform? Chico State J&PR stands above the competition with its award-winning, student-run news organization (The Orion) and PR agency (TGC). Our News Option focuses on strong information gathering, interviewing, multiplatform writing, visual storytelling and editing skills. Our PR Option focuses on a range of written, oral and strategic communication skills to build relationships between clients and their public.

California State University, Fullerton, Department of Communications, Fullerton

California State University, Northridge, Department of Journalism, Northridge

San Diego State University, School of Journalism and Media Studies, San Diego

San Francisco State University, Department of Journalism, San Francisco
Our mission is to educate students and provide leadership in an evolving media landscape by promoting excellence, integrity, creativity and social responsibility in telling the stories of a multicultural world.

San Jose State University, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, San Jose

University of California at Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism, Berkeley

University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication, Los Angeles

 

COLORADO

Colorado State University, Department of Journalism and Technical Communication, Fort Collins

University of Colorado, Journalism and Mass Communication Program, Boulder

 

CONNECTICUT

University of Connecticut, Department of Journalism, Storrs

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

American University, School of Communication, Washington, DC
American University’s School of Communication is located in Washington, D.C.  The school offers an extensive list of communication degrees in areas of study such as film & media, journalism, public communication and more.  The programs offered include both bachelors and graduate degrees in communication studies, and American University also offers an online master’s in strategic communication.

Howard University, School of Communications, Washington, DC

 

FLORIDA

Florida A&M University, Division of Journalism, Tallahassee

Florida International University, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, North Miami
Located in the vibrant and multicultural city of Miami, Florida, the SJMC at FIU prepares students to respond to the dramatic changes in the media industry by emphasizing technological innovation, writing excellence and global education. With over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students in advertising, broadcast media, digital media, journalism and public relations, the SJMC has a rich history of award-winning faculty and alumni with prestigious accolades, including eight Pulitzers, Fulbright scholars, and many Emmys, Silver Anvils, ADDYs and Clios. The SJMC has been accredited by ACEJMC since 1991.

University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications, Gainesville
The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications in Gainesville has developed a reputation for excellence by creating curricula that combine conceptual and theoretical instruction with skills training so students have the opportunity to apply what they are learning in professional settings. The College offers bachelor’s degrees in advertising, journalism, public relations and telecommunication; master’s degrees and doctorate degrees in mass communication; and three online master’s degrees and certificate programs.

University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, St. Petersburg
The University of South Florida’s School of Mass Communications emphasizes strategic thinking, persuasive presentations, clear and compelling writing and the use of traditional and emerging technologies. Its Multimedia Journalism and Production sequence includes instruction in television news and production, digital media, data visualization, newspapers and magazines. At USF, you’ll learn to produce stories quickly across a number of publishing platforms – from our own Digital Bullpen website to internships in the nation’s 14th largest media market.

 

GEORGIA

Savannah State University, Department of Mass Communications, Savannah
The Department of Mass Communications offers undergraduate courses in three areas: Print/Online Journalism; Public Relations/Advertising, and Radio, Television and Film. We offer courses in news and feature writing, desktop publishing, photojournalism, radio/TV production, public relations, non-linear editing, web design, and advertising copy writing. We have a high-definition TV studio and control room; WHCJ-FM and the Tiger’s Roar newspaper and website. We also offer public relations and advertising experience both in and out of the classroom.

University of Georgia, Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Athens
Established in 1915, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers undergraduate majors in journalism, advertising, public relations, digital and broadcast journalism and mass media arts. The college offers two graduate degrees, and is home to the Peabody Awards, internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious prizes for excellence in electronic media, and the New Media Institute.

 

ILLINOIS

Eastern Illinois University, Department of Journalism, Charleston

Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, Evanston

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, School of Journalism, Carbondale

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Department of Mass Communications, Edwardsville

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Media, Urbana

 

INDIANA

Ball State University, Department of Journalism, Muncie

Indiana University, School of Journalism, Bloomington

University of Southern Indiana, Department of Communications, Evansville

 

IOWA

Drake University, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Des Moines

Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Ames
The Greenlee School ranks among the longest continuously accredited programs in the country. It has been named a top or most popular journalism program in the country by College Media Matters, Campus Explorer and Degree Directory. We offer degrees in journalism, advertising and public relations. Our interns work at CNN, Better Homes and Gardens, CBS News, ESPN and other top outlets. We give $150,000 in scholarships, especially to incoming students.

University of Iowa, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Iowa City
The University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication undergraduate programs (B.A. and B.S.) prepare students for dynamic careers in many traditional and new fields—working in media industries, or in other industries but within communications, and as entrepreneurs. Our graduates pursue careers in journalism, strategic communication, creative communication, and media research. Through course workshops, student organizations, and internships, students gather real-world experiences that prepare them to take the first steps in their professional careers.

 

KANSAS

Kansas State University, A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Manhattan

University of Kansas, William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Lawrence

 

KENTUCKY

Murray State University, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, Murray

Western Kentucky University, School of Journalism and Broadcasting, Bowling Green

University of Kentucky, School of Journalism and Telecommunications, Lexington

 

LOUISIANA

Grambling State University, Department of Mass Communication, Grambling

Louisiana State University, Manship School of Mass Communication, Baton Rouge

Louisiana Tech University, Department of Journalism, Ruston

Nicholls State University, Department of Mass Communication, Thibodaux

Southern University, Department of Mass Communications, Baton Rouge (Provisional 2012)

University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Department of Communication, Lafayette
UL Lafayette is Louisiana’s second-largest university, enrolling close to 17,000 students. Students get a nationally competitive training in journalism. Our SPJ chapter won Region 12 Chapter of the Year honors in 2013, 2000, and 1996. UL Lafayette hosted the Southeastern Journalism Conference in 2014 and 1999, as well as two SPJ regional conferences. In broadcasting, UL Lafayette’s ”Louisiana Focus” was named America’s Best All-Around Radio Newscast in the 2012 national SPJ Mark of Excellence competition.

 

MARYLAND

University of Maryland, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, College Park
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism is the nation’s journalism school. We offer the resources of a top-ranked public research institution located minutes from Washington, D.C., Annapolis and Baltimore. With a focus on fundamentals, we prepare students to succeed with 21st century multimedia skills and an entrepreneurial spirit. Our state-of-the-art facilities, unmatched access to internships, and opportunities to learn from the pros working in today’s multimedia newsrooms makes the Merrill College a training ground like no other.

 

MICHIGAN

Central Michigan University, Department of Journalism, Mount Pleasant
The mission of the Department of Journalism at Central Michigan University is to provide students with a body of knowledge and a system of inquiry that inform and enrich their professional preparation; to prepare students for jobs in which they are accountable to their employers; and to prepare students for a profession in which they are accountable for their knowledge, ethics, service and competence to the public, their clients and consumers.

Michigan State University, School of Journalism, East Lansing
The School of Journalism at Michigan State University graduates students who are critical thinkers, excellent writers and superb visual communicators and who are ready to be leaders in this exciting, evolving industry.We offer a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Journalism, with specializations such as public relations, design and documentary film. Students may choose a concentration in a variety of areas, including radio and TV news; sports reporting; environmental journalism; visual communication; business or public affairs reporting; or media marketing.Undergraduates also participate in the Media Sandbox, a college-wide creativity curriculum.Our world-class faculty is known for cutting-edge scholarship (research and creative). Our alumni hold prominent positions across many industries and our students are award-winning.

 

MINNESOTA

St. Cloud State University, Department of Mass Communications, St. Cloud

University of Minnesota, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Minneapolis
As a journalism major in School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, you’ll prepare yourself for a career in advertising, public relations, reporting, writing, blogging, photography, publicity or corporate/nonprofit communications. Get a first-rate education with award-winning faculty while becoming involved in the Twin Cities media community and gaining real-life experience from industry professionals. Our curriculum is focused on new media and the changing media landscape to make you a forward-thinking media professional.

 

MISSISSIPPI

Jackson State University, Department of Mass Communications, Jackson

University of Mississippi, Edwin and Becky Meek School of Journalism and New Media, University
In the heart of the Deep South, on the most beautiful college campus in America, The Meek School of Journalism and New Media at Ole Miss is carving out the future of integrated media. The Meek School is a leading community of truth seekers and storytellers dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation of American communicators. Ole Miss offers a high-caliber education at a fraction of the cost and size you would expect.

University of Southern Mississippi, School of Mass Communication and Journalism, Hattiesburg
We offer strong hands-on training from award-winning faculty with decades of professional experience in a close-knit program with small classes sizes. Our students learn to tell stories on a variety of multimedia platforms, including video, blogging, social media, print, radio, and broadcast. They get to hone their skills at our Student Media Center, which includes a student-run newspaper, record label, public relations agency, radio station, and film-making and video production group.

 

MISSOURI

Southeast Missouri State University, Department of Mass Media, Cape Girardeau

University of Missouri, School of Journalism, Columbia
At all levels of study, the Missouri School of Journalism takes a multidisciplinary approach to its curriculum. Community-based news outlets and strategic communication agencies that serve an international-to-local base of clients add real-world experience to your education. Your professors are recognized experts in their fields. A strong focus on scholarship and innovation positions you to help create the future of journalism. With 30+ undergraduate interest areas, 20+ two-year master’s models, 2 online master’s models, 6 doctoral models and numerous dual-degree and interdisciplinary options, Missouri can tailor a program to meet your career goals and interests.

 

MONTANA

The University of Montana, School of Journalism, Missoula
Our students learn by doing. Montana students get out of the classroom and into the real world – in Missoula, around the state and beyond. Students have a choice to become journalism generalists or they can specialize in an area of reporting and/or a media platform. Clear writing and storytelling are at the center of what we do. Our graduates have successful careers inside and outside journalism, because they communicate clearly, meet deadlines, and embrace technology.

 

NEBRASKA

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, Lincoln
The College of Journalism and Mass Communications is a nationally recognized and award-winning program where 950 undergraduate and graduate students practice hands-on broadcasting, journalism, advertising and public relations, guided by talented faculty members with top-flight professional experience. The college offers a robust study abroad program, a student ad agency, competitive internship placement, a statewide news service, a sports communication program, a radio station and other innovative learning opportunities where students get practical experience.

 

NEVADA

University of Nevada, Reno, Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies, Reno

 

NEW MEXICO

University of New Mexico, Department of Communication and Journalism, Albuquerque

 

NEW YORK

Buffalo State College, Communication Department, Buffalo

Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism, New York

Hofstra UniversityDepartment of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations, Hempstead
Hofstra University’s Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations prepares students for careers in online, broadcast and print journalism.  Students in our BA, MA and dual degree programs study with award-winning faculty in modern facilities including a converged multimedia newsroom, the largest noncommercial TV studio in the Northeast, and a digital radio station that reaches 4 million listeners. Students intern at major media outlets in New York City, the media capital of the country.

Iona College, Department of Mass Communication, New Rochelle

New York University, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York

Pace University, Digital Journalism – http://www.pace.edu/dyson/programs/bs-digital-journalism-plv, New York

Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse
We have several hundred students majoring in Broadcast and Digital Journalism, Photography/Graphics, Magazine, and Newspaper and Online Journalism. All include state-of-the-art facilities. Our professors include a mix of professionals who have years of experience in the field, and our alumni database is unrivaled. What our students and alumni do speaks for itself. They get the best jobs and internships because we teach them to think, innovate and thrive in a multimedia world—nimbly, smartly and ethically.

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Elon University, School of Communications, Elon

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Greensboro
We Offer a bachelor of  science degree in mass media production, multimedia journalism and public relations. We are one of only three schools in N.C. nationally accredited in journalism and mass communication. Nationally accredited by ACEJMC and the only HBCU in N.C. nationionally accredited in journalism and mass communication. We have over 500 JOMC majors who explore the world of media through student organizations, our campus media outlets (TV, radio, newspaper, PR firm), study abroad trips and mandatory internships.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Chapel Hill

Queens University of Charlotte, http://online.queens.edu/masters-in-communication, Charlotte

OHIO

Bowling Green State University, Department of Journalism and Public Relations, Bowling Green

Kent State University, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Kent
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University offers majors in advertising, electronic media, public relations and journalism (including broadcast, magazine, multimedia and photo). We provide our 800 undergrads and nearly 300 graduate students with a solid, professionally focused academic experience supported by a career services center and one of the largest student media programs in the country, all in a modern, multimedia facility that sets the standard for journalism education.

Ohio University, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Athens
The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism is part of the Scripps College of Communication, designated a Center of Excellence in Culture and Societal Transformation in the state of Ohio. The school is committed to providing an education that emphasizes professional excellence, critical thinking and social responsibility. Through a blend of professional education, practical experience and intellectual exploration, we teach journalism in a way that it can be applied to many professions and to a rewarding life in a multicultural and fast-changing world.

 

OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma State University, School of Media and Strategic Communications, Stillwater

University of Oklahoma, Gaylord College, Norman

 

OREGON

University of Oregon, School of Journalism and Communication, Eugene

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania State University, College of Communications, University Park
The College of Communications at Penn State provides the opportunities and resources of a large university with the personalized feel and support of a small school. As the nation’s largest accredited communications program, we offer many ways for students to engage and succeed. We also feature offices focused on academic advising and internships and career services. Our four departments — Advertising/Public Relations; Film-Video and Media Studies; Journalism; and Telecommunications — offer five undergraduate majors.

Shippensburg University, Department of Communication/Journalism, Shippensburg

Temple University, Department of Journalism, Philadelphia
Located in the nation’s fourth-largest media market, Temple University’s Department of Journalism offers students the opportunity to learn multimedia journalism in a vibrant urban environment. Its faculty members develop journalists who think critically and can communicate effectively across cultures in a multimedia environment. Eight Temple Journalism graduates have gone on to win a Pulitzer Prize.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

University of South Carolina, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Columbia

Winthrop University, Department of Mass Communication, Rock Hill

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota State University, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Brookings

University of South Dakota, Department of Contemporary Media and Journalism, Vermillion

 

TENNESSEE

Middle Tennessee State University, College of Mass Communication, Murfreesboro
The School of Journalism is an accredited program that equips students with both the professional and technical knowledge necessary to be successful in our 21st century digital environment. Our majors in advertising, digital journalism, media studies, public relations and visual communication are taught by academically distinguished and professionally experienced faculty. The School emphasizes the fundamentals—writing, reporting, critical thinking, media literacy, and ethics—along with contemporary competencies such as social and digital media.

University of Memphis, Department of Journalism, Memphis

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, School of Advertising and Public Relations, School of Journalism and Electronic Media in the College of Communication and Information, Knoxville

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Department of Communication, Chattanooga

University of Tennessee at Martin, Department of Communications, Martin

 

TEXAS

Abilene Christian University, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Abilene (Provisional 2013)

Baylor University, Department of Journalism and Media Arts, Waco

Texas Christian University, Schieffer School of Journalism, Ft. Worth

Texas State University, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, San Marcos

University of North Texas, Mayborn School of Journalism, Denton
The UNT Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism and Graduate Institute of Journalism are located in the nation’s fifth largest media market. Broadcast news, digital and print journalism, photo journalism, advertising and public relations are strengths. The Mayborn is nationally accredited and has the only nationally accredited professional journalism master’s program in Texas. All faculty have professional communications experience. Student media opportunities include news in print, online and TV, photography, advertising and PR.

University of Texas, School of Journalism, Austin
Last fall we launched a curriculum designed to equip our students with the powerful new tools of the digital age while teaching the critical thinking, writing skills and journalistic sensibility to make those tools worth using. Our new courses, listed here, provide students training in digital skills from the day they enter our school and help students to create a digital portfolio of their work that will serve as their resume, showcase their talent and ease their entry into the professional world after graduation. Our new curriculum demolishes the outmoded walls between print, broadcast, photo and multimedia while still allowing for specialization. We also require a professional internship. The School of Journalism awards over 100 scholarships to continuing journalism majors and incoming transfer students annually. At this time, there are no scholarships available to entering first-year students.

 

UTAH

Brigham Young University, Department of Communications, Provo

 

VIRGINIA

Hampton University, Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, Hampton

Norfolk State University, Department of Mass Communications and Journalism, Norfolk

Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Mass Communications, Richmond

Washington and Lee University, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, Lexington
We are the only highly selective, small liberal arts college with an accredited journalism program. The courses concentrate on fundamentals such as strong reporting and writing, ethical judgment and the role of a free press in a democratic society. But we also prepare students for the journalism careers of the future. All of our students become comfortable with print video and online journalism and learn how to adapt to new technology. There are nine endowed scholarships that are awarded to students with eligible need who are recognized for academic excellence and a commitment to Journalism as a major.  The total awarded in 2012-13 for these scholarships was $56,675.The W&L Promise guarantees free tuition to any undergraduate student admitted to Washington and Lee with a family income below $75,000.

 

WASHINGTON

University of Washington, Department of Communication, Seattle

 

WEST VIRGINIA

Marshall University, W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Huntington

West Virginia University, P.I. Reed School of Journalism, Morgantown

West Liberty Universityhttp://westliberty.edu/communications/ ,West Liberty, WV

WISCONSIN

Marquette University, J. William & Mary Diederich College of Communication, Milwaukee
As a Marquette journalist, you begin in “boot camp,” polishing grammar and AP style skills until they become second nature. Then, advanced specialized reporting courses zero in on the specific fields that interest you: sports, the arts, politics, business, and more. Tweet, blog, shoot, edit, report, write and publish. Marquette’s curriculum prepares you to do just that, and our award-winning student media offers hands-on experience in our television and radio studios and our newspaper, magazine, and online newsrooms.

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Department of Communication and Journalism, Eau Claire

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Department of Journalism, Oshkosh
The UW-Oshkosh Department of Journalism offers emphases in advertising, public relations, writing/editing, visual and media studies. Lab classes are small, allowing a 15:1 student-teacher ratio. The department has three fully equipped computer labs and a new digital photo lab. Students learn how to use new and emerging media and Web page production to prepare them for today’s digital media workplace. Our excellent journalism faculty work one-on-one with students to discuss registration and career plans.

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