School of journalism and media studies among the best in the country | Information Center

Programs within the school are judged on everything from faculty and curriculum to diversity and extracurricular opportunities for students.

San Diego State University School of Journalism and Media Studies once again proved to be one of the best programs in the country.

The disciplines of journalism, public relations, and advertising have all been approved for reaccreditation by the Accreditation Council for Journalism and Mass Communications Education. All three academic programs have held this honor since 2009 – an impressive feat, as the school of JMS only became a separate academic unit in 2007.

“The ACEJMC accreditation puts us in the top 25% of journalism schools in the country, which is very prestigious,” said Bey Ling Sha, professor and director of the School of Journalism and Media Studies. “This is important because accreditation provides third-party validation that we offer a high-caliber program here at SDSU.”

Best of the best

Programs are judged on nine standards that test the strength of the program in everything from faculty and curriculum to diversity and extracurricular opportunities for students.

In addition to external program validation, accreditation provides several direct benefits to current students, including limiting JMS lab classes to 20 students for a better learning experience; and scholarship and internship opportunities that are only available to students in ACEJMC-accredited programs.

“Since we went through the rigorous process of reaccreditation, it basically keeps doors open for our students for opportunities that they normally wouldn’t have,” Sha said.

The reaccreditation process began in 2013 and included an extensive self-study authored by JMS faculty and a campus visit by an ACEJMC site team in the spring of 2015.

“The entrepreneurial and hard-working faculty stay ahead of the twists and turns in the industry to ensure the program is the highest quality blend of conceptual education and skills “, said the ACEJMC site team in the report where they suggested full accreditation of the program.

Well balanced

Two specific highlights of the site team’s report included the up-to-date curriculum and the quality of research and scholarship carried out by current JMS faculty. The JMS faculty has been recognized with 26 awards and honors for their work over the past six years.

“The fact that we are so strong in curriculum and faculty scholarships really reflects our school’s embrace of the teacher-scholar model of SDSU,” Sha said.