Best Communication Graduate Programs: List of Top Schools

Read about a couple of the best schools in the country to offer graduate-level communication programs. Go over program details for these universities and see a list of other top schools in the field.

School Overviews

A graduate program in communication or communication studies is an interdisciplinary program that can give a strong foundation to such careers as management, journalism, corporate communication and interpersonal communication. Two top-ranked schools to offer graduate programs in communication are the University of Washington (UW) - Seattle and the University of Miami in Florida.

1. University of Washington - Seattle Campus

School Highlight: The school's communication department offers a center for Native Voices, which focus on documentaries that support and highlight Indigenous people and communities.

The University of Washington (UW) ranked tied for 14th among all public schools, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2015. Its Department of Communications offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communication and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Communication. Students in either degree program take coursework from seven integrated areas of study, including communication and culture, global communication, media organization, communication technology and society, rhetoric and cultural studies, social interaction and political communication.

The school also has a Master of Communication (M.C.), which is specifically for mid-career professionals working in areas of communication such as public relations journalism or mediation. Students of the M.C. program select from seven concentrations including business and economics, law, politics, health and medicine, environmental science, arts and urban affairs.

2. University of Miami in Florida

School Highlight: Students from the School of Communication have won various awards.

The University of Miami (UM) ranked tied for 48th among all national universities in 2015, according to U.S. News & World Report. The school offers an M.A. in Communication Studies that provides an in-depth study of the human communication process. Coursework includes the social effects of mass communication, executive communication and interpersonal communication.

A Ph.D. in Communication is available for those who want to teach in a college or graduate school environment or do research. Students can specialize in areas such as intercultural communication, health communication, journalism and media.

Top Communication Programs

College/University Name Distinction Location
Johns Hopkins University Johns Hopkins ranked #12 among all national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2015. Baltimore, MD
Northern Illinois University Grad Comm is the student advisory council for the school's graduate Communications Department. DeKalb, IL
Northwestern University Northwestern was ranked #13 among all national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. Evanston, IL
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Nine different scholarships and awards are available for graduate communication students. Norman, OK
University of South Florida-Main Campus Student organizations include Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society, as well as a Communication Council. Tampa, FL
University of Tennessee Some specific faculty research areas include intergroup conflict, international communication, terrorism and the media, and library and information science. Knoxville, TN
University of Texas at El Paso Students have access to communication audio labs, digital media labs, media production studios and more. El Paso, TX
University of Texas at San Antonio The communications department is the second-largest at the school, with more than 1,000 majors and 22 faculty members. San Antonio, TX
University of Utah Every year, the university supports 25-30 graduate communication students by providing assistantships and tuition waivers. Salt Lake City, UT

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