Journalism Colleges in Phoenix with School Overviews

Oct 20, 2021

Phoenix Journalism Schools

Aspiring journalists living near Phoenix have many academic options in and around the city. To help narrow them down, explore the coursework and learning opportunities available at three colleges in the area. This article also includes a table of statistics on the profiled schools and some details on a few other institutions offering relevant programs.

  • In addition to being the largest school on the list, Arizona State University is also located in Phoenix, only about 11 miles from the downtown area. It offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in journalism, including several specializations.
  • Located in a large suburb of Phoenix, Mesa Community College is around 15 miles from the city's center and offers an associate's degree in journalism.
  • Scottsdale Community College is also located in a suburb of Phoenix, and it's about 18 miles from downtown Phoenix. Students at the institution can earn an associate's degree in the field.

Comparison of Schools

Community colleges, including the two profiled here, generally have open admissions policies for students, while four-year institutions are often more selective - and more expensive. Consider the costs, acceptance rates, enrollment numbers and other facts in the table below to help you decide which school is for you.

Arizona State University Mesa Community College Scottsdale Community College
School Type 4-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2019) 53,286* 20,351* 8,602*
Campus Setting Midsize city Large city Rural
Tuition and Fees (2019-2020) $11,338 in-state, $29,428 out-of-state* $2,070 in-state, $7,854 out-of state* $2,070 in-state, $7,854 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2018-2019) 96%* 71%* 56%*
Acceptance Rate (2019) 86%* N/A - Open Admissions* N/A - Open Admissions*
Retention Rate (2018-2019) 88% (for full-time students)* 63% (for full-time students)* 59% (for full-time students)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 63% (students began 2013)* 18% (students began 2016)* 19% (students began 2016)*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

Arizona State University

Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers a variety of journalism and mass communication programs. The school has computer rooms, digital newsrooms, TV studios, the First Amendment Forum and 280 digital student workstations. Students attend local city meetings for real-world experience and have the opportunity to use some of the latest journalism and communication technologies.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication

Through the bachelor's degree program in journalism and mass communication, students take classes in media and society, grammar for journalists and journalism history. Other classes include journalism ethics, intermediate reporting and editing. A professional internship is also required.

Master of Mass Communication

The first semester of this program is dedicated to acquiring journalism skills, such as news writing, exploring the future of journalism and working in the different facilities available at Cronkite, including the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship, the Cronkite NewsWatch and the New Media Innovation Lab. In the second semester, students take classes in the print broadcast, business journalism reporting or digital media specializations, as well as in ethics and media research. During the final semester of the program, participants complete a capstone experience, where they gain experience working at one of the school's facilities, and submit a portfolio of their work.

Doctor of Philosophy in Journalism and Mass Communication

This doctoral program is research-centered. Students must have professional media experience and a bachelor's and master's degree in a communications field to be admitted into the program. Courses include theories of mass communication, research methodology for mass communication and the theory behind the First Amendment's Theory of Expression.

Mesa Community College

Mesa Community College is committed to helping students meet their career goals. Students can participate in activities on campus, such as writing for the biweekly school newspaper, the Mesa Legend, for practical journalism experience.

Associate in Applied Science in Journalism

In addition to common journalism classes, such as news writing, small publication development, feature writing, literature and broadcast writing, students take classes that complement their writing courses. These include photojournalism, copy-editing, media and society, human relations in business, cultural diversity, photo editing and news production. Students have the opportunity to develop a portfolio that includes news and feature stories that they can show to potential employers.

Scottsdale Community College

Scottsdale Community College offers certificates and associate's degree programs, as well as individual courses, for learners who are hoping to get a jump on their education and for people who hope to continue their education within their respective field of study. Scottsdale is the only community college in the United States that is located on Native American land.

Associate in Applied Science in Journalism

Students take classes in persuasive writing, feature writing, photojournalism, news writing and writing for online media to become familiar with the responsibilities of journalists. The skills they develop in this program will train them to write for newspapers, create newspaper and magazine layouts and take photographs that can complement their pieces.

Other Schools

Journalism courses are also available at Glendale Community College, located roughly 10 miles away, and Chandler/Gilbert Community College, located around 16 miles away.

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