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Communication Degree Programs in California with School Info

Research communication degree programs in California, which currently has more than 170 schools offering programs. Read an overview of programs, tuition info and program options for the 10 largest 4-year schools, and decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

Individuals interested in studying communication in California have a variety of universities to choose from. Bachelor's degrees are available in communication, communication studies, media studies and other related fields. Degree program minors are also available. Some universities also offer master's and doctoral degree programs in communication. Below are 10 of the largest 4-year schools in California that offer degree programs in communication.


California State University - Fullerton

The Fullerton campus of California State University offers a bachelor's degree in communication with concentrations that include entertainment and tourism studies, advertising, journalism, photo-communication and public relations. The Master of Arts in Communications program has concentrations in professional and mass communications, as well as tourism and entertainment. Students interested in minoring in communications can focus on public relations, journalism or advertising.

Scholarships, student clubs and internships are available to students. The university has more than 30 part-time and full-time faculty members in the communication department.

  • Programs Offered: Minor in Communications,
    Bachelor of Arts in Communications,
    Master of Arts in Communications
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,195 (in-state); $17,853 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large suburb

California State University - Long Beach

This Long Beach university provides undergraduate and graduate programs in communication studies. The undergraduate program offers options that include interpersonal and organizational communication, communication studies and public affairs. Internships are readily available. Students may network with classmates through the university's Student Communication Association.

The graduate program in communication provides seminars and courses in research. The university provides paid assistantships for graduate students. Students may also earn a minor in communication studies.

  • Programs Offered: Minor in Communication Studies,
    Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies,
    Master of Arts in Communication Studies
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,052 (in-state); $17,710 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

California State University - Northridge

Located in Northridge, this university offers a minor, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in the field of communication studies. Faculty members are plugged into current communication issues around the globe, and they often participate in industry organizations. Students may explore topics in rhetoric, communication theory and performance. They also have the opportunity to participate in community projects, student clubs and internships. Master's degree students must complete comprehensive exams, a thesis or a graduate project.

  • Programs Offered: Minor in Communication Studies,
    Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies,
    Master of Arts in Communication Studies
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,296 (in-state); $17,954 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

San Diego State University

This San Diego school offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communication program. This program focuses on the organizational patterns and principles of society that govern human interaction and communication behavior. Students may participate in a nationally recognized debate program, and they can join various student clubs and organizations. Graduate students may pursue a master's degree in communication or mass communication and media studies.

  • Programs Offered: Minor in Communication,
    Bachelor of Arts in Communication,
    Master of Arts in Communication,
    Master of Arts in Mass Communication and Media Studies
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,578 (in-state); $18,236 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

San Francisco State University

Located in San Francisco, this university has a bachelor's degree program in communication studies. Students learn about effective public speaking, performance strategies and sound rhetoric. There are numerous internships and extracurricular communication programs available for communication students. Communication minor and master's degree programs are also available. Master's degree students must complete either a thesis, work project or a comprehensive exam.

  • Programs Offered: Minor in Communication Studies,
    Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies,
    Master of Arts in Communication Studies
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,440 (in-state); $18,098 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

San Jose State University

This San Jose school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in communication studies. The undergraduate program has courses in interpersonal communication, organizational communication and rhetoric. A separate bachelor's degree in communication studies is designed specifically for students who plan on teaching communication or English. Students may also minor in information age communication or general communication studies. Master of Arts degree students can specialize in areas like group communication or persuasion. They must complete a comprehensive exam, and they have the option to complete either a thesis or a project.

  • Programs Offered: Minor in Communication Studies or Information Age Communication,
    Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies,
    Master of Arts in Communication Studies
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,852 (in-state); $18,510 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

University of California - Berkeley

Located in Berkeley, this university offers a bachelor's degree in media studies. This interdisciplinary program focuses on a variety of topics in social science, communication and political science. The program is popular, and there may be restrictions on how many students can pursue this major. Students can participate in internships at this school.

  • Program Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $12,874 (in-state); $35,752 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; midsize city

University of California - Davis

Located in Davis, this school has a bachelor's degree program in communication. Students learn how to research and analyze communication theories and processes, and internships are available. The university also offers master's and doctoral degree programs in communication. The master's degree program has a non-thesis and thesis option. PhD students need to complete exams and a dissertation.

  • Programs Offered: Minor in Communication,
    Bachelor of Arts in Communication,
    Master of Arts in Communication,
    Doctor of Philosophy in Communication
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $13,877 (in-state); $36,755 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; small suburb

University of California - San Diego

This university in La Jolla provides a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree program, which is interdisciplinary in nature. Internships are available at local companies and organizations. The university also has a student group where students can network and gain professional training. Students may also minor in communication. A PhD program in communication is available as well, and doctoral students are required to complete exams, graduate coursework and a dissertation.

  • Programs Offered: Minor in Communication,
    Bachelor of Arts in Communication,
    Doctor of Philosophy in Communication
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $13,217 (in-state); $36,095 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California in Los Angeles offers undergraduate and graduate communication programs. The bachelor's degree program focuses on social and rhetorical communication. Students take courses like mass media, public speaking and argumentation. The university's master's degree program in communication management has on-campus and online options. PhD students can choose a concentration and participate in teaching assistantships.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Communication,
    Master of Arts in Global Communication,
    Master of Communication Management,
    Doctor of Philosophy in Communication
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $44,463*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Communication Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)
California State University - Fullerton 4-year, public; large suburb Minor in Communications,
Bachelor of Arts in Communications,
Master of Arts in Communications
$6,195 (in-state);
$17,853 (out-of-state)*
California State University - Long Beach 4-year, public; large city Minor in Communication Studies,
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies,
Master of Arts in Communication Studies
$6,052 (in-state);
$17,710 (out-of-state)*
California State University - Northridge 4-year, public; large city Minor in Communication Studies,
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies,
Master of Arts in Communication Studies
$6,296 (in-state);
$17,954 (out-of-state)*
San Diego State University 4-year, public; large city Minor in Communication,
Bachelor of Arts in Communication,
Master of Arts in Communication,
Master of Arts in Mass Communication and Media Studies
$6,578 (in-state);
$18,236 (out-of-state)*
San Francisco State University 4-year, public; large city Minor in Communication Studies,
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies,
Master of Arts in Communication Studies
$6,440 (in-state);
$18,098 (out-of-state)*
San Jose State University 4-year, public; large city Minor in Communication Studies or Information Age Communication,
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies,
Master of Arts in Communication Studies
$6,852 (in-state);
$18,510 (out-of-state)*
University of California - Berkeley 4-year, public; midsize city Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies $12,874 (in-state);
$35,752 (out-of-state)*
University of California - Davis 4-year, public; small suburb Minor in Communication,
Bachelor of Arts in Communication,
Master of Arts in Communication,
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication
$13,877 (in-state);
$36,755 (out-of-state)*
University of California - San Diego 4-year, public; large city Minor in Communication,
Bachelor of Arts in Communication,
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication
$13,217 (in-state);
$36,095 (out-of-state)*
University of Southern California 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city Bachelor of Arts in Communication,
Master of Arts in Global Communication,
Master of Communication Management,
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication
$44,463*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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