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Communication & Journalism at Northwestern University

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Communication & Journalism at Northwestern University

Every communication and journalism school has its own distinct culture and strengths. We've pulled together some statistics and other details to help you see how the communication and journalism program at Northwestern University stacks up to those at other schools.

Northwestern is located in Evanston, Illinois and approximately 22,603 students attend the school each year. In 2021, 374 communication and journalism majors received their bachelor's degree from Northwestern.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Communication & Journalism section at the bottom of this page.

Northwestern Communication & Journalism Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communication & Journalism
  • Master’s Degree in Communication & Journalism
  • Doctorate Degree in Communication & Journalism

Online Classes Are Available at Northwestern

Don't have the time or the flexibility in your schedule to take traditional classes? Online courses may be the perfect solution for you. They allow independent learners to study when and where they want to while offering the rigor of in-person classes.

Are you one of the many who prefer to take online classes? Northwestern offers distance education options for communication and journalism at the following degree levels:

  • Master’s Degree

Northwestern Communication & Journalism Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the communication and journalism progam at Northwestern compares to programs at other colleges and universities.

Note: Although rankings can help you see some information about a school, it's not a good idea to depend on them alone. Be sure to check out other things about the school before making your decision to attend.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The communication and journalism major at Northwestern is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for Communication & Journalism. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Ranking Type Rank

In 2021, 428 students received their master’s degree in communication and journalism from Northwestern. This makes it the #1 most popular school for communication and journalism master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 14 students who received their doctoral degrees in communication and journalism, making the school the #6 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

Communication & Journalism Student Demographics at Northwestern

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the communication and journalism majors at Northwestern University.

Northwestern Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Program

60% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 374 students who earned a bachelor's degree in Communication & Journalism from Northwestern in 2020-2021, 40% were men and 60% were women. The typical communication and journalism bachelor's degree program is made up of only 36% men. So male students are more repesented at Northwestern since its program graduates 5% more men than average.


The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's in communication and journalism.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 40
Black or African American 33
Hispanic or Latino 44
White 181
International Students 36
Other Races/Ethnicities 40

Northwestern Communication & Journalism Master’s Program

79% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
In the 2020-2021 academic year, 428 students earned a master's degree in communication and journalism from Northwestern. About 79% of these graduates were women and the other 21% were men.


The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Northwestern University with a master's in communication and journalism.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 37
Black or African American 31
Hispanic or Latino 31
White 131
International Students 119
Other Races/Ethnicities 79

Northwestern also has a doctoral program available in communication and journalism. In 2021, 14 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Concentrations Within Communication & Journalism

Communication & Journalism majors may want to concentrate their studies in one of these areas. The completion numbers here include all graduates who receive any type of degree in this field from Northwestern University. Some of these focus areas may not be available for your degree level.

Concentration Annual Degrees Awarded
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 562
Communication & Media Studies 207
Public Relations & Advertising 54

Careers That Communication & Journalism Grads May Go Into

A degree in communication and journalism can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for IL, the home state for Northwestern University.

Occupation Jobs in IL Average Salary in IL
Public Relations Specialists 7,360 $66,220
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 5,160 $119,330
Editors 3,830 $62,590
Producers and Directors 2,950 $77,960
Photographers 2,600 $36,290


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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