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.
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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
|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,
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.