Top School in St. Paul, MN, for a Speech Communications Degree

School and Ranking Information

Students interested in earning a degree in speech communications in St. Paul, Minnesota, have both public and private colleges and universities to choose from. The universities profiled below were chosen as the top three in the St. Paul area because of their rankings, program offerings and graduation rates:

  • Winner: University of Minnesota (UM) at Twin Cities was chosen as the top school to for communication studies in St. Paul because it was ranked in the top 100 national universities in the United States by U.S. News & World Report and it offers the most program levels in this field. This school offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in communication studies.
  • Runner Up #1: Hamline University is the first runner up because it is the highest regionally ranked university that offers relevant programs in St. Paul, but it only offers a bachelor's degree program in the field.
  • Runner Up #2:University of Northwestern - St. Paul (UNSP) is third among these schools because it also offers a bachelor's degree program in communication studies, but it is ranked slightly lower than Hamline.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Hamline University University of Northwestern - St. Paul
Rankings (2013) Ranked 68th among national universities* Ranked 9th among regional universities in the Midwest* Ranked 16th among regional universities in the Midwest*
Location Minneapolis, MN (about 8 miles from St. Paul) St. Paul St. Paul
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $13,459 in-state and $18,709 out-of-state (undergrad); $15,854 in-state and $23,604 out-of-state (graduate)** $33,752** $26,960**
Speech Communications Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees Bachelor's degrees Bachelor's degrees
Speech Communications Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 N/A 15** 13**
Most Popular Speech Communications Programs in 2011-2012 N/A Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies (15 awarded)** Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies (13 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2005 Entering Class 70%** 68%** 63%**
Noteworthy 25th top public school among national universities for 2013* Ranked 9th among best value schools in the regional universities category in 2013* Student opportunities include a speech forensics team and the only MN campus chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators***

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***University of Northwestern - St. Paul.

Winner: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

  • Listed among top public schools for educational value by The Princeton Review in 2013
  • Undergrads can choose from emphases in speech-writing, interpersonal communications, rhetoric and ethics, as well as small group, organizational, intercultural and electronic communications
  • Graduate students are able to concentrate in rhetorical studies, interpersonal communications or critical media studies
  • Communications students can take part in the UM - Twin Cities debate team, which participates in the annual National Debate Tournament

UM - Twin Cities is the flagship of the 5-campus, public University of Minnesota. Communications methods and delivery are the focus of the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program in communication studies. All students take classes in public speaking and analysis of argument.

Those planning a career in academics or research in the field of communications might consider the Master of Arts (M.A.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in communication studies. Both programs focus largely on research. Students interested in speech communications might concentrate in rhetorical studies, which examines public address, as well as political speaking and argument development. Students can finish the Ph.D. program in 3 years, or they can complete the combined M.A. and Ph.D. programs in 4 years.

Runner-Up #1: Hamline University

  • The Princeton Review named Hamline a top school in the Midwest in 2013
  • Founded in 1854, Hamline was the first university in Minnesota
  • Local internship opportunities could include Twin Cities radio and TV stations, professional sports teams, corporations and the Chamber of Commerce

Hamline University, a private school located on a city campus, offers a B.A. program in communication studies. This program is flexible, allowing students to specialize in an area of interest according to career goals.

Classes required for all students include argumentation and advocacy, communication studies, research methods, rhetoric and small group communications. Speech communications topics might involve interpersonal and conflict communications, public speaking and political communications. An internship, while not required, is available as an elective. Program participants must complete a class in cultural communications and a research project in communication studies.

Runner-Up #2: University of Northwestern - St. Paul

  • This private Christian school began operating as a university in July 2013
  • In addition to communication studies, the Department of Communication has majors in digital media, electronic media, journalism, professional writing, public relations and theater
  • School has an adult bachelor's degree-completion program in communication studies
  • Program prepares students for careers in ministry and communications

UNSP - called Northwestern College until 2013 - offers a B.A. program in communication studies, which provides the education necessary for students to work in speech-writing, communications analysis and organizational administration. The program also provides the coursework needed to enter a graduate program. Some of the required classes include group communications, gender communications, intercultural communications and public speaking. In addition to the school's speech forensics team, students can become involved in various campus communications opportunities, including those in radio, TV and a university-operated film festival.

Also offered at UNSP is an adult bachelor's degree program in communication studies, which can be completed in 18-22 months. Program participants learn about public speaking, conflict resolution, mediation and public relations.

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