Top Ranked Communications Degree Program - San Francisco, CA

School and Ranking Information

There are roughly 10 public, private not-for-profit or private for-profit schools within 10 miles of San Francisco that offer relevant communications programs. According to the number of programs, student services and rankings, the following school is considered one of the top schools in the area for communications:

  • Winner: San Francisco State University is one of a few public schools within a 10-mile radius of San Francisco with degrees in this field. This school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in communication studies.

School Info Chart

Category San Francisco State University
Rankings Tied for #58 for Regional Universities in the West (2015),
Tied for #8 for Top Public Schools in the West (2015)*
Location San Francisco, CA
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $6,450 (in-state), $17,610 (out-of-state)**
Communication Studies Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 45%**
Noteworthy SFSU is among the leading 20 schools in the country from which minorities receive a bachelor's degree

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

San Francisco State University

  • Students at SF State in the communication studies program have access to more than 200 internship options
  • The bachelor's program in communication studies is one of the most popular at the university
  • Students can join the Speech and Debate Team

San Francisco State University was established in 1899 as the San Francisco State Normal School, a college dedicated to the training of teachers. SF State joined the California State University system in 1960. Today, the university is attended by nearly 30,000 students, and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1. The bachelor's and master's programs in communication studies offered by SF State are part of the Communication Studies Department.

The bachelor's degree curriculum is arranged into eight 'breadth' areas - specific areas of focus, such as research methods, organizational communication, public speaking and interpersonal communication. A diverse array of classes covers subjects ranging from gender and communication studies to conflict resolution, family communication and performance study. In the master's program, students participate in graduate seminars, and they're also required to complete either a creative work project, a master's thesis or a comprehensive exam.

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