Business Journalism Academic Programs

This database is a compilation of undergraduate and graduate programs that include business journalism as a class, a specialization, a major or a degree. The Reynolds Center has surveyed universities around the world to gather this data. Those programs highlighted green have received support from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. If you know of a program not listed on our map, it can be added. Please email businessjournalism@businessjournalism.org with revisions and additions.

School City State/Cntry Programs
Arizona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Phoenix Arizona None, Graduate Specialization, Undergraduate Specialization
Baylor University Waco Texas Undergraduate Specialization, Class
Boston University Boston Massachusetts Graduate Specialization
California State University, Fullerton Fullerton CA Classes
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant Michigan Classes
City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism New York New York Graduate Specialization
City University of New York, Baruch College New York New York Undergraduate Specialization
Colorado State University, Journalism and Technical Communication Fort Collins Colorado Class
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism New York New York Graduate Specialization, Fellowship
Elon University, School of Communications Elon North Carolina Classes
Harvard University Cambridge Massachusetts Fellowship
Hong Kong Baptist University Kowloon Tong Kowloon Graduate Specialization, Classes
New York University, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute New York New York Graduate Specialization
Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism Evanston Illinois Graduate Specialization
Ohio University, Scripps College of Communication Athens Ohio Classes
Southern Methodist University, William J. O'Neil Program in Business Journalism Dallas Texas Undergraduate Specialization
Texas Christian University, Schieffer School of Journalism Fort Worth Texas Class
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Classes
Tsinghua University, School of Journalism and Communication Beijing China Graduate Specialization
University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Berkeley California Graduate Specialization
University of Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Classes
University of Illinois Urbana Illinois Classes
University of Maryland College Park MD Class
University of Michigan, Knight-Wallace Fellowship Ann Arbor Michigan Fellowship
University of Missouri School of Journalism Columbia Missouri Undergraduate Specialization
University of Nevada, Reno, Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism Reno Nevada Classes
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill North Carolina Undergraduate Major
University of Oklahoma Norman OK Classes
University of South Carolina Columbia South Carolina Class
University of Texas at Austin Austin Texas Graduate Specialization
Washington and Lee University Lexington Virginia Undergraduate Specialization
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Arizona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

MA in Journalism, Business Journalism Specialization

The 15-month, full-time professional program includes course requirements for the Cronkite School’s MMC program as well as MBA courses in Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. The required business journalism courses are "Issues in the Coverage of Business and the Economy" and "Reporting on Business and the Economy."


Students in the Business Journalism Specialization also have the option to participate in a 14-day, for-credit trip to foreign countries, such as China and Brazil, to better understand the inner workings of media and business of those important economies. Graduate assistantships are available in the Business Journalism specialization during the academic year, with opportunities in the Reynolds Center to work directly with the nation’s major news organizations.

The business journalism courses are taught by Andrew Leckey, the Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism and former CNBC anchor. The Cronkite School also has a Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Visiting Professor in Business Journalism. The school is the home of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, which has trained more than 15,000 professional journalists in business journalism through workshops and webinars. It provides daily tips on how to cover business better at BusinessJournalism.org.

Students are introduced to the Bloomberg terminal, learning how to use it in their reporting. They have access to the terminal during their degree program. Additionally, Cronkite News Service, a daily service guided by journalism professionals in print, broadcast and multimedia and staffed with student reporters, offers an opportunity for coverage of business issues throughout Arizona. Content produced by Cronkite News Service is available to all news organizations in the state, providing students quality clips.

Internships with national news organizations are a hallmark of the Cronkite business journalism specialization. Excelling students have the opportunity to interview with major outlets such as Bloomberg, Reuters, the Los Angeles Times, Denver Post, The Seattle Times, The Arizona Republic and others for paid summer internships.

The Cronkite School is also home to SABEW, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, which is the nation's oldest and largest fraternity of business journalists.

BA in Journalism, Business Journalism specialization

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism program who choose the Business Journalism specialization take two business journalism classes at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. One is a seminar class about key topics in business and the economy, and the other, a reporting class, requires students to cover business topics for publication in local media outlets. Local editors work closely with the professor and students to publish their work.

Students also take four related business or economics courses at Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business. Students in the Business Journalism Specialization also have the option to participate in for-credit trips to foreign countries, such as China and Brazil, to better understand the inner workings of media and business of those important economies.

The business journalism courses are taught by Andrew Leckey, the Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism and former CNBC anchor. The Cronkite School also has a Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Visiting Professor in Business Journalism. The school is the home of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, which has trained more than 15,000 professional journalists in business journalism through workshops and webinars. It provides daily tips on how to cover business better at BusinessJournalism.org. The Cronkite School is also home to the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the nation's oldest and largest fraternity of business journalists.

Students are introduced to the Bloomberg terminal, learning how to use it in their reporting. They have access to the terminal during their degree program. Additionally, Cronkite News Service, a daily service guided by journalism professionals in print, broadcast and multimedia and staffed with student reporters, offers an opportunity for coverage of business issues throughout Arizona. Content produced by Cronkite News Service is available to all news organizations in the state, providing students quality clips.

Internships with national news organizations are a hallmark of the Cronkite business journalism specialization. Excelling students have the opportunity to interview with major outlets such as Bloomberg, Reuters, the Los Angeles Times, Denver Post, The Seattle Times, The Arizona Republic and others for paid summer internships.

Online Graduate Certificate in Business Journalism

Offered fully online through the Cronkite School's Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, this five-course, 15-hour graduate certificate will help professional journalists compete for the many jobs in business journalism. Courses start in August 2014 and include Issues in the Coverage of Business and the Economy, Critical Analysis of Business Journalism, Better Business Storytelling, Data in Business Journalism, and Investigative Business Journalism. Your instructors include Andrew Leckey, Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism and former CNBC anchor and nationally syndicated investment columnist; Steve Doig, Knight Chair, Pulitzer Prize winner and internationally known data journalism expert; and Robin J. Phillips, Reynolds Center digital director, nationally known social-media strategy trainer and a former editor at BusinessWeek Online.

Baylor University

BA in Journalism with Business Journalism class

Baylor journalism students can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism or public relations through the College of Arts and Sciences. Journalism classes include one on covering business.

BBA in Business Journalism

Baylor journalism students can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in journalism in conjunction with the Hankamer School of Business or a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism education with the School of Education.

Boston University

MS in Business and Economic Journalism

Boston University's offers a Masters of Science in Business & Economics Journalism (MSBEJ) program 12-course (48-credit) program includes coursework in the College of Communication and approved elective coursework in the School of Management, Economics Department, and Department of Philosophy tailored to a student’s goals. A third semester includes an internship.

California State University, Fullerton

BA in Journalism, with Business Journalism classes

California State University, Fullerton, is hosting a Reynolds Visiting Business Journalism Professor in spring 2014, who is teaching two undergraduate classes. The university has continuing Reynolds funding for business journalists as guest speakers. Its students will also compete for Reynolds business journalism internships.

Central Michigan University

BA in Journalism, with Business Journalism classes

Central Michigan University is hosting a Reynolds Visiting Business Journalism Professor in spring 2013, who is teaching undergraduate classes. The university has continuing Reynolds funding for business journalists as guest speakers. Its students will also compete for Reynolds business journalism internships.

City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism

MA in Journalism, Business and Economic Reporting concentration

The Master of Arts in Journalism program offers three classes within their business journalism concentration. The classes focus on the economy, covering companies and financial markets. They are supplemented by a summer internship. The 18-month program started in 2006. Those interested must apply to begin the program in the fall.


Students who choose the business concentration at CUNY include those who believe financial expertise will give them a competitive advantage in the job market and those who want to become business journalists.

City University of New York, Baruch College

BA in Journalism, Business Journalism Specialization

The Business Journalism specialization focuses on how to follow economic trends, the financial markets, corporations and their leaders, neighborhood businesses – and the impact of all of them on society. The specialization also will help students develop research and reporting skills, mine data and communicate news to different audiences.

Courses include Covering the Financial Markets; Covering Economics, Business Press Coverage of Politics and Policy' and A Century of Muckraking: Investigating Corporations, Corruption and Governmental Crooks.

Colorado State University, Journalism and Technical Communication

BA in Journalism and Technical Communication, with Business Journalism course

Offers an undergraduate course in business journalism. Hosted a Donald W. Reynolds Visiting Professor in Business Journalism in spring 2012 and has continuing Reynolds funding for business journalists as guest speakers. Its students will also compete for Reynolds business journalism internships.

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

MA in Journalism, with Lorana Sullivan Memorial Fellowships

Two full-tuition fellowships are awarded annually in the memory of Lorana Sullivan, a 1964 graduate, to MA students in the business and economics concentration who plan to pursue careers in investigative business journalism. All admitted applicants to the program demonstrating academic and professional achievement, as well as financial need, are eligible. Deadline to apply: Feb. 1.

Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business

The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism offers qualified journalists the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of business, economics and finance in a year-long, full-time program administered by the journalism school.

The core of the Knight-Bagehot curriculum consists of courses offered by Columbia University. Fellows are required to complete at least 30 hours of university credit during their two semesters. Fellows may select any university course relating to business, economics, or finance. They receive a certificate in economics and business journalism upon completion. By taking three additional credits of journalism courses, fellows may also qualify for a Master of Science in journalism.

MA in Journalism with Business and Economic focus area

The Business and Economic focus area in the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism is one of four specific focus areas within the Master of Arts in Journalism degree. The focus area is designed to give students specific, subject-area knowledge in journalism and business. The program is full-time, and runs from August through May. Deadline for applications is Jan. 15.

MA in Journalism, with Hearst Fellowship in Business Journalism

Students enrolled at the Journalism School who are focusing on business and economics journalism are eligible for this fellowship. Deadline to apply: Feb. 1.

Elon University, School of Communications

BA in Journalism, with Business Journalism classes

Elon is hosting a Reynolds Visiting Business Journalism Professor in spring 2013, who is teaching undergraduate classes. Has continuing Reynolds funding for business journalists as guest speakers. Its students will also compete for Reynolds business journalism internships.

Harvard University

Reynolds Fellowship in Business Journalism

For one academic year, journalism fellows are a part of seminars, workshops and conferences, and come to a better understanding of complex economic issues with the use of Harvard University resources.

Applications from Reynolds Business Fellowship candidates are reviewed by a committee of Harvard faculty and news professionals, chaired by the Nieman curator. Finalists are invited to Cambridge in late April/early May for interviews as the final step in the selection process.

Hong Kong Baptist University

MA in International Journalism, Business and Financial Journalism Specialization

Students in the Department of Communication Studies can take the Concentration in Business and Financial Journalism within the Master of Arts in International Journalism.

Students must take 27 units to complete this graduate degree, and nine of those units must be business journalism-related electives to complete the concentration.

MA in International Journalism, Business Journalism classes

Students who take the Concentration in International Journalism within the Master of Arts in International Journalism can choose several business and economics reporting classes.

New York University, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute

MA in Business and Economic Reporting

Students in the Master of Arts in Business and Economic Reporting take seven classes in business journalism and six from the MBA program at NYU's business school, in addition to an internship and traditional journalism training.

Students take a full-time job at a major news organization for 10 weeks over the summer (not for one or two days a week during a regular semester, as at other schools). Many BER students have received job offers from their internship.

The program will consider late applications (after the Jan. 4 deadline) if there is room in the class.

Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism

MSJ Journalism, Business Reporting Concentration

Medhill's 12-month Master of Science in Journalism program allows students to pick either a reporting concentration or technique concentration with business journalism training. Graduate students who choose this concentration take three business reporting classes. The program enrolls new students in the Summer, Fall and Winter.

  • Business and the economy reporting (newsroom; producing Medill News Service)
  • Business seminar (classroom: monetary policy, commodities, personal finance, etc.)
  • Advanced business reporting (classroom & newsroom)
  • Investigative business reporting (classroom & newsroom)
  • B2B publication analysis (a half-quarter "module") (classroom).


Students who choose Medill's Washington program for their fourth quarter may elect business and economy reporting there, primarily writing for MarketWatch and leading to publication in the WSJ (which owns MarketWatch) and other, subscribing newspapers around the country.

Some business writers opt for a fifth quarter abroad (a Global Residency program), working as reporters for business wires or English-language publications.

Program graduates commonly proceed to jobs with Bloomberg, Dow Jones, city business journals and major dailies.

Medill's undergraduate (BSJ) program offers students a business journalism course.

Ohio University, Scripps College of Communication

BA in Journalism, Business Journalism classes

The E.W. Scripps College of Journalism offers two business reporting classes within the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism program. Reporting Business (offered in the winter quarter) and Economics Reporting (offered in the spring quarter) are offered to juniors or seniors.

Southern Methodist University, William J. O'Neil Program in Business Journalism

BA in Journalism, William J. O'Neil Program in Business Journalism

The William J. O'Neil Program in Business Journalism includes 36 credit hours required for the Journalism major. In addition, students wishing to concentrate in business and finance journalism can complete either a second major in business at the Cox School of Business, the 18-hour traditional minor in business administration, or a new 18-hour minor in business offered for non-Cox undergraduates, plus two economics courses.

Students put into practice what they’re learning about business, financial markets, and economics in advanced journalism classes and in the newsroom of a real-time website focusing on North Texas companies and the regional economy.

Admission to the program is subject to the approval of the O’Neil Chair, Mark Vamos.

Texas Christian University, Schieffer School of Journalism

BA in Journalism, with Business Journalism class

The Schieffer School of Journalism initiated a permanent undergraduate course in Business Journalism in 2012. The upper-level course offers development of skills and knowledge in coverage of business news, including breaking and in-depth reporting. The class is limited to 15 students and is scheduled to be offered in spring 2013. The course is taught one semester per year, in rotation with other journalism-skills courses.

The school hosted a Donald W. Reynolds Visiting Professor in Business Journalism in spring 2012 and has continuing Reynolds funding for business journalists as guest speakers. Its students will also compete for Reynolds business journalism internships.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

MA in Journalism with Business Journalism classes

In the Master of Arts in Journalism program, classes include Financial Reporting and Writing, The Business of Entertainment, New Media Business Ecosystem and New Media Finance.

Tsinghua University, School of Journalism and Communication

MA in Global Business Journalism

The goal of Tsinghua's Global Business Journalism Program is to create a cadre of top-notch business journalists who can produce clear, balanced and insightful coverage of China’s markets and the global economy. The facilities at Tsinghua include 10 Bloomberg terminals, a virtual television studio and a media-convergence laboratory. About 40 students, Chinese and international, are admitted annually to the two-year program, which has received funding from Bloomberg, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Deloitte.

University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

MA in Journalism with Business Reporting classes

Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism offers a business specialization in the Master of Arts in Journalism program.

The business reporting program, sponsored by Bloomberg News Service, strives to demystify the jargon and explain how students can dig through financial records to unearth stories about real people.

Students have the opportunity to learn about business and apply their knowledge in writing stories for major publications. Located near the Silicon Valley and high-tech centers in California, students also get to know the business technology world.

Students can opt to take courses at the business school, but cannot start the specialization until their second semester after fulfilling certain pre-requisites.

University of Hong Kong

MA in Journalism with Business Journalism classes

The Journalism and Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong offer Masters of Arts students courses in the Fundamentals of Business & Financial Journalism, Business & Finance Data Visualization and Investigative Journalism in a Global World.

University of Illinois

MS in Journalism, Business and Financial Reporting class

The Department of Journalism in the College of Media offers a 12- to 16-month Master of Science in Journalism. The program's emphasis is on news and public affairs reporting and courses offered include Advanced Reporting: Business and Financial Reporting.

University of Maryland

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

Rob Wells, a former Reynolds Visiting Professor in Business Journalism at the University of South Carolina, teaches Reporting on the Economy. He was the deputy bureau chief in Washington for Dow Jones Newswires/The Wall Street Journal. He is also a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland.

University of Michigan, Knight-Wallace Fellowship

Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan

Journalists from around the world are accepted for the Knight-Wallace Fellowship, where they devise a personalized study plan with access to courses and resources across the University of Michigan.

The program runs for one academic year and includes twice-weekly seminars. Extensive travel is a core component of the Knight-Wallace experience and has included trips for fellows to Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Moscow, Russia. The deadline to apply is February 1.

University of Missouri School of Journalism

BA in Journalism, with Business and Economics Interest Area

The Business and Economics Journalism specialization is for students interested in learning the skills of reporting business and economics news across platforms.

The program allows students to add a focus on economic, business and consumer reporting and emphasizes the use of financial data analysis in reporting. Students are also encouraged to take basic courses in other disciplines that will give them important skills while covering business - basic accounting or advanced economics and finance.


The program, which is run by print and digital news faculty, encourages students to minor in economics or business.

University of Nevada, Reno, Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism

BA in Journalism, with Business Journalism classes

The Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, has one of four Reynolds endowed chairs in business journalism.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

BA in Journalism; Business Journalism Immersion

The bachelor of arts in business journalism teaches undergraduate students the concepts, skills and techniques needed to report and write about business and finance.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication, in conjunction with the Kenan-Flagler Business School, created the undergraduate degree with a rigorous and unique curriculum, enabling potential journalists and other potential communication professionals to address the growing need for understanding how markets and business work and the ability to explain these increasingly complex areas in a way that the average mass communication consumer can understand.

The program prepares undergraduate students for positions primarily in journalism, but also in public relations and internal communications.

University of Oklahoma

BA in Journalism, with Business Journalism classes

The University of Oklahoma is hosting a Reynolds Visiting Business Journalism Professor in spring 2014, who is teaching two undergraduate classes. The university has continuing Reynolds funding for business journalists as guest speakers. Its students will also compete for Reynolds business journalism internships.

University of South Carolina

BA in Journalism, with Business Journalism class

Will offer an online, undergraduate class in making sense of economic news in spring 2013. Hosted a Donald W. Reynolds Visiting Professor in Business Journalism in spring 2012 and has continuing Reynolds funding for business journalists as guest speakers. Its students will also compete for Reynolds business journalism internships.

University of Texas at Austin

MA dual degree in Journalism and Business

The University of Texas at Austin offers five dual degree programs with journalism one of which is a partnership with the McCombs School of Business.


Students must be accepted by both programs and upon completion, they will receive two Masters degrees.

Washington and Lee University

BA in Journalism with Business Journalism Sequence

The business sequence of the Washington and Lee University BA in Journalism and Mass Communications includes a Business Journalism sequence.

Additional courses for the business specialization include Principals of Microeconomics, Principals of Macroeconomics, Reporting on Business and Reporting on the Economy. Students must complete 12 credits at the 200 level or above in accounting, business administration or economics.

Credit: This database was developed by Mark Ng and the content was collected by Reynolds Center staff.