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Why Grad School at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism?


Our PhD students get good teaching jobs at major universities. Universities such as the University of North Carolina, Florida, Auburn, Brigham Young, Duquesne, Hampton, Quinnipiac, Memphis, and Drake.

Our master’s students have entered prestige PhD programs including Penn State, Michigan State, and North Carolina, and gotten jobs at major newspapers and magazines, broadcast outlets, and digital companies.

Personal attention

The program is small to medium-sized. Grad students get to know their professors, and their fellow students, extremely well. Many have described out circle of scholars as family—supportive and caring.

Publishing opportunities

Grad students often work one-on-one with professors on cutting-edge research projects resulting in conference papers and journal articles.

Teaching opportunities

Unlike most PhD programs, the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism requires PhD students to be teachers of record for one course per term. Our students teach what they know from their professional and academic backgrounds—not as assistants to full-time faculty, but as instructors in charge of syllabi, lesson plans, classroom instruction, and grading. When it’s time to interview for a job, our students can demonstrate classroom effectiveness. MS students with professional mass media experience also may have the opportunity to teach.

Financial support

PhD students accepted into the program get three years of tuition waivers and a stipend of $20,000-25,000 per year. MS students accepted into the program compete for two years of tuition waivers and a stipend of $10,000 per year.

International exposure

A double-degree program starting in 2016 partners the E.W. Scripps School with the University of Leipzig. Students may apply to spend a semester in Germany, take classes taught in English, and complete two master’s degrees in two years—the same time frame as the single Scripps MS degree.

Areas of excellence

The E.W. Scripps School is widely known for its excellence in teaching and researching journalism ethics, journalism history, international journalism, and advertising and public relations, among other subjects.

State-of-the-art buildings and technology

The E.W. Scripps School is part of the Scripps College of Communication, housed in the newly renovated Schoonover Center.

Athens, Ohio. Small but vibrant, Athens, city of brick streets, rolling hills, Georgian architecture and giant elms and sycamores on College Green, has a special charm that wins over visitors.