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Top School in Sacramento for a Communications Degree

Students interested in studying communications near Sacramento, CA, have several schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

School and Ranking Information

There are about eight 2- and 4-year schools within 20 miles of Sacramento that offer communications degrees; all are public schools. Based on school rankings, number of communications degree levels available and number of degrees awarded, the following school is considered one of the top schools in the area for communications degrees:

  • Winner: The University of California - Davis, which is 15 miles from Sacramento, has a Department of Communication that offers programs that cover a variety of communications processes. Students here can earn bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in communications.

School Info Chart

Category University of California - Davis
Rankings #38 among Best National Universities (2015)*
Location Davis, CA
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-15) $13,895 (in-state); $36,773 (out of state)**
Communications Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctoral
Communications Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 247**
Most Popular Communications Degree Level in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (245 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 81%**
Noteworthy Communications Department has two research labs for student use

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator

The University of California - Davis

  • UC Davis' 5,300-acre campus is the largest in the University of California System
  • Communications students can participate in brown bag sessions with professors on current communications topics
  • Communications department offers small classes with a seminar teaching style

The University of California - Davis is ranked as the 38th best national university by U.S. News & World Report for 2015. The university offers 102 undergraduate and 88 graduate degree programs. The Department of Communications at UC Davis offers communications degrees at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.

The bachelor's degree program in communications prepares students for careers such as educators, journalists and public relations officers. Required coursework includes statistics, psychology, sociology, mass communications and interpersonal communications. Students enrolled in the master's program in communications can choose between a thesis and a non-thesis option. Required courses include theories of communications, strategic communications and research methods in communication studies. The Ph.D. program in communications can be completed in four years, and students can select either the social interaction or mediated communications specialization. In order to qualify as a doctoral candidate, students must pass a qualifying exam, which is typically administered at the end of the third year and tests students' knowledge of communication theory and research methods.


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