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Communication Technology Schools: How to Choose

Communication technology is a broad area of study, and students are encouraged to narrow their academic and career goals before enrolling in a program. Bachelor's and master's degree programs, as well as graduate certificate programs, are available across the U.S. in communication technology.

Communication technology is the study of the way technology affects communication outlets, such as technical communications, visual communications and telecommunications. These programs can be found at 4-year colleges and universities within schools of communication or communications departments.

10 Schools with Communication Technology Programs

Communication technology programs are available at all degree levels and at a variety of colleges and universities.

College/University Location Institution Type Degree Levels 2015-16 Undergraduate Tuition
(In-state, Out-of-state)*
Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $10,388, $33,741
Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $13,560, $36,360
Texas State University San Marcos, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $9,348, $20,268
Penn State University University Park, PA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $17,514, $31,346
University of California - Davis Davis, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $13,951, $38,659
George Mason University Fairfax, VA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $10,952, $31,598
Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,080, $24,808
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $47,750, $38,590
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, VA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $12,485, $29,129
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL 4-year, Public Associate's, Bachelor's $2,830,
$9,944

Source: *NCES

Bachelor's Degree in Communication Technology

Some bachelor's degree programs in communication technology offer a wide variety of concentration areas and elective courses for specialization opportunities within the field. A senior project, internship experience or both is required for successful completion of some bachelor's degree programs.

Graduate Certificate in Communication Technology

Graduate certificates take one year or less to complete and can be found partially and fully online. Certificates can be offered in a specific division of communication technology, such as wireless technology. Others cover a broad overview of fields like visual communications and networking.

Master's Degree in Communication Technology

Master's degree programs in communication technology are available in several areas, such as graphic communications, telecommunications and social media. Master's degree programs generally take about two years to complete, full-time. A final project or thesis is required.

School Selection Criteria

When choosing a communication technology program, students have several considerations in addition to program level.

  • Students should look for programs that offer the opportunity to specialize in their areas of interest, such as in journalism, Web design, networking or electronic engineering.
  • Students should keep in mind that master's degree programs are often focused on graphic design, management or business technology, or in combination with information technology.
  • Some schools offer internship opportunities, which allows students to enhance their resumes with work experience.
  • Individuals who need flexible schedules or who can't make it to campus can look for distance education programs offered entirely online.

Selecting a communication technology program involves the consideration of many factors including available concentrations, internship availability and school location. Since the cost of attendance varies, especially between in-state and out-of-state tuition, students should also consider their academic budgets before selecting a communication technology program.


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