Why Choose SJMC?
Our location in the heart of the Twin Cities—a media powerhouse—enables vital professional connections for students and faculty alike. Our innovative partnerships with the professional community allow us to teach advanced professional skills classes embedded inside media organizations. Public TV and radio, major dailies, and weeklies offer internship and career opportunities for journalism students. Organizations such as FOX Sports, Target, General Mills, and other local and national agencies and firms offer high-potential opportunities for students of strategic communication.
The University of Minnesota is a top-rated, internationally recognized major research university with world-renowned scholars working in academic disciplines that intersect with mass communication in ways that enhance student accomplishment across their program of study.
Our facilities in Murphy Hall are the envy of journalism and mass communication programs nationwide. They include state-of-the-art classrooms as well as technology-rich labs and research facilities where students practice their craft, learn from faculty mentors, and get ready for the industry.
Understanding the critical need to serve and partner with diverse populations, we have been ahead of the curve in developing inclusive curricula and pedagogies, a vigorous outreach and student recruitment program, active partnerships with diverse cultural communities, and a culture of success for all students.
Our internationally recognized Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law is one of the top media law centers in the nation. The center is a special asset for students in the dual-degree program (JD plus an MA or PhD in mass communication) with the Law School.
The Minnesota Journalism Center is a vital resource and venue for conferences, workshops, research partnerships and events for the academic and professional communities.
In collaboration with the School of Public Health and health industry professionals, we’ve developed an innovative five-year BA/MA program in strategic health communication (the first of its kind in the nation), serving the growing number of students with an interest in health-related careers.
We are expanding our collaborations with the College of Design, especially in areas related to data visualization, mobile application design, and media design.