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Master’s Degrees in Journalism

1,550 Yearly Graduations
$42,650 Median Salary
$40,266 Median Debt
There are 76 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in journalism. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 27% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 22.5% of journalism graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Journalism Majors

In 2018-2019, 1,550 earned their master's degree in journalism. This earns it the #84 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in journalism at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 12,988
Master’s Degree 1,550
Associate’s Degree 690
Basic Certificate 136
Graduate Certificate 51
Undergraduate Certificate 34
Doctor’s Degree 17

Earnings of Journalism Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in journalism is $42,650. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $36,800 and the high is $44,900.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in journalism is $40,266. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $46,574 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $30,263.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $469.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in journalism. About 69.9% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 466
Women 1,084
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Journalism

The racial-ethnic distribution of journalism master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 49
Black or African American 174
Hispanic or Latino 145
White 707
International Students 348
Other Races/Ethnicities 127
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Journalism Master's Degree Students

There are 76 colleges that offer a master’s degree in journalism. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

264 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia University in the City of New York tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for journalism majors who are seeking their master's degree. Each year, around 31,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,763 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,600 per year.

The journalism program at Columbia University in the City of New York awarded 264 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 24% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 72% were women.

#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
139 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for journalism majors who are seeking their master's degree is Northwestern University. Each year, around 22,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,232 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $56,067 per year.

The journalism program at Northwestern University awarded 139 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 65% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

New York University

New York, New York
93 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for journalism majors who are seeking their master's degree is New York University. Each year, around 52,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 93 people received their master's degree in journalism from NYU. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

#4

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri
82 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Missouri - Columbia is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in journalism. Roughly 30,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,120 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,264 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 82 people received their master's degree in journalism from Mizzou. About 68% of this group were women, and 13% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
73 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Syracuse University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in journalism. Roughly 22,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,616 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $38,880 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 73 master's degrees were handed out to journalism majors at Syracuse. Of these students, 64% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
73 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in journalism. Roughly 48,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 73 people received their master's degree in journalism from USC. About 74% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
63 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Boston University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in journalism. Each year, around 33,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,720 per year.

The journalism program at Boston University awarded 63 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 81% were women and 10% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

St. Bonaventure University

Saint Bonaventure, New York
46 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

St. Bonaventure University comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in journalism. Roughly 2,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $34,366 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,860 per year.

The journalism program at St. Bonaventure University awarded 46 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

#9

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia
45 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Georgia comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in journalism. Roughly 38,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,790 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,878 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 45 master's degrees were handed out to journalism majors at UGA. Of these students, 84% were women and 16% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

40 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kent State University at Kent comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in journalism. Roughly 27,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,602 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,766 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 40 people received their master's degree in journalism from Kent State. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 72% were women.

#11

American University

Washington, District of Columbia
34 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in journalism. Each year, around 14,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $30,351 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 34 people received their master's degree in journalism from The American University. Around 65% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

#12

Full Sail University

Winter Park, Florida
32 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for journalism majors who are seeking their master's degree is Full Sail University. Roughly 21,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $20,667 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,498 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 32 master's degrees were handed out to journalism majors at Full Sail University. About 56% of this group were women, and 59% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts
29 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northeastern University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in journalism. Each year, around 22,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,420 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,793 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 29 master's degrees were handed out to journalism majors at Northeastern. Of these students, 66% were women and 7% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
27 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for journalism majors who are seeking their master's degree is Harvard University. Each year, around 31,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,008 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 master's degrees were handed out to journalism majors at Harvard. Around 52% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 63% were women.

27 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in journalism. Each year, around 11,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,710 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,720 per year.

The journalism program at Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix awarded 27 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 74% were women and 56% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
26 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for journalism majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Iowa. Roughly 31,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,073 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,079 per year.

The journalism program at University of Iowa awarded 26 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 77% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
21 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

DePaul University is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in journalism. Roughly 22,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,551 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,584 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 people received their master's degree in journalism from DePaul. About 62% of this group were women, and 19% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Emerson College

Boston, Massachusetts
19 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Emerson College is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in journalism. Roughly 4,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $48,280 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $30,624 per year.

The journalism program at Emerson College awarded 19 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 74% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

17 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ohio University - Athens Campus is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in journalism. Roughly 27,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,612 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,444 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 master's degrees were handed out to journalism majors at OHIO Athens. Around 6% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

#20

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas
16 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Kansas is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in journalism. Each year, around 27,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,092 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,989 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 master's degrees were handed out to journalism majors at KU. About 81% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to journalism that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Communication & Media Studies 4,417
Public Relations & Advertising 2,249
Radio, TV & Digital Communication 1,492
Other Communication & Journalism 608
Publishing 229

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student 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 percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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