Top Colleges with Mass Communication Programs

Jul 18, 2018

Read about degree programs in mass communication, which is the study of how information is transferred to a large audience. Learn about the degree and course options at four noteworthy universities, and find a list of other schools across the U.S. that offer studies in mass communications.

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While a few schools may offer degree programs in mass communication, it is more common for schools to incorporate the subject into a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy in Communications program. Core coursework can include topics in general communication theory, interpersonal communications, and international politics. The four institutions profiled here offer undergraduate and/or graduate programs in communication. All four were highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Department of Communications offers multiple areas of study. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked 30th among other national universities for 2017, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Department of Communication at the College of Arts and Sciences offers a B.A. in Communication Studies and a combined M.A./Ph.D. in Communication Studies. Once enrolled, undergraduates take courses in interpersonal and organizational communication, as well as media and performance studies. During their junior year, communication majors can concentrate in speech and hearing sciences, which includes the study of linguistics psychology and phonology.

George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Graduate students have three options for completing a thesis. As of 2017, The George Washington University tied for 56th on U.S. News & World Report's list of national universities. Through the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication, undergraduates can earn a B.A. in Communication while studying communication theories, nonverbal communication, and persuasion. Graduate students can also pursue an M.A. in Global Communication, offered jointly by GWU's Elliott School of International Affairs and the School of Media and Public Affairs. Designed to help aspiring professionals communicate with an international audience, the curriculum includes topics in international politics, cultural communications, and research methodology.

Michigan State University in East Lansing

The Communications Department is ranked 1st in the nation for research productivity. Michigan State University is a public research university that tied for 33rd on the U.S. News & World Report list of top public universities for 2017. MSU's College of Communication Arts and Sciences offers a B.A. in Communication that includes courses in mass media and organizational communication. The university also offers an M.A. in Communication with concentrations in persuasion and social influence or interpersonal communication, among other specialized areas. Graduate students may conduct research aimed at solving communication problems in the workplace.

Delaware State University in Dover, DE

This school is one of the top historically black colleges in the country. The Department of Mass Communications at Delaware State University offers three bachelor's degree programs. Students can choose a major in convergence journalism, public relations and advertising, or TV/radio/film production. These major programs provide conceptual training in the field as well as practical training in communication technology use and real-world experience through an off-campus internship. Students can also join the Mass Communications Society. For 2017, the school was ranked #14 among historically black colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report and #43 among all public schools.

Top Mass Communications Programs

These schools also provide outstanding educational opportunities in the field of mass communication:

School Name Location Distinction
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL Centric Magazine is a student-produced publication
University of Maine Orono, ME Students must take three core courses and seven electives as part of the B.A. in Mass Communications curriculum
University of Minnesota St. Paul, MN Students can combine mass communications with political science studies
University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND Has over 11,500 students
University of Wisconsin, Madison Madison, WI Offers all Wisconsin students an opportunity to earn a Digital Studies Certificate

Students who are interested in mass communications can find relevant offerings within general communications programs as well as more focused programs within this subfield. Some of the best schools in the country offer strong programs

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