Top Colleges with Mass Communication Programs

Read about degree programs in mass communication, which is the study of how information is transferred to a large audience. Learn about the degree and course options at three noteworthy universities, and find a list of other schools across the U.S. that offer studies in mass communications.

School Information

While a few schools may offer degree programs in mass communication, it is more common for schools to incorporate the subject into a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Master of Arts (M.A.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Communication program. Core coursework can include topics in general communication theory, interpersonal communications and international politics. The three universities profiled below offer both undergraduate and graduate programs in communication. All three institutions have receive past high rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

1. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Highlight: The Department of Communications offers multiple areas of study.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) ranked 30th among other national universities in the 2015, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Department of Communication at the College of Arts and Sciences offers a B.A. in Communication Studies and a combined M.A./Ph.D. in Communication Studies. Once enrolled, undergraduates take courses in interpersonal and organizational communication, as well as media and performance studies. During their junior year, communication majors can concentrate in speech and hearing sciences, which includes the study of linguistics psychology and phonology.

2. The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

School Highlight: Graduate students have three options for completing a thesis.

As of 2015, The George Washington University (GWU) ranked tied for 54th on U.S. News & World Report's list of national universities. Through the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication, undergraduates can earn a B.A. in Communication while studying communication theories, nonverbal communication and persuasion. Graduate students can also pursue an M.A. in Global Communication, offered jointly by GWU's Elliott School of International Affairs and the School of Media and Public Affairs. Designed to help aspiring professionals communicate with an international audience, the curriculum includes topics in international politics, cultural communications and research methodology.

3. Michigan State University in East Lansing

School Highlight: The Communications Department is ranked first in the nation for research productivity.

Michigan State University (MSU) is a public research university that ranked tied for 35th on the U.S. News & World Report list of top public universities for 2015. MSU's College of Communication Arts and Sciences offers a B.A. in Communication that includes courses in mass media and organizational communication. The university also offers an M.A. in Communication with concentrations in persuasion and social influence or interpersonal communication, among other specialized areas. Graduate students may conduct research aimed at solving communication problems in the workplace.

Top Mass Communications Programs

School NameDistinctionLocation
Claremont McKenna College94% of students live on-campusClaremont, CA
Delaware State UniversityOne of the top historical black colleges in the countryDover, DE
University of Central FloridaCentric Magazine is a student-produced publicationOrlando, FL
University of MaineStudents must take three core courses and seven electives as part of the B.A. in Mass Communications curriculumOrono, ME
University of MinnesotaStudents can combine mass communications with political science studiesMinneapolis and St. Paul, MN
University of North DakotaOldest and largest university in North DakotaGrand Forks, ND
University of Wisconsin, MadisonOffers all Wisconsin students an opportunity to earn a Digital Studies CertificateMadison, WI

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