School and Ranking Info
Of the three schools within a 15-mile radius of San Jose offering communications programs, only one is a 4-year university; the other two are 2-year community colleges. Based on school rankings, school type and communications program options, the following school is considered a top school in the San Jose area for a communications degree:
- Winner: Stanford University is a 4-year not-for-profit institution that is ranked among the top five universities in the country. This university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in communication and journalism.
School Info Chart
|Rankings||Tied at #4 for National Universities (2015)*|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$43,683**|
|Communication Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate|
|Communication Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||63**|
|Most Popular Communication Degree Level in 2013||Master's (34 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||96%**|
|Noteworthy||The communication department has multiple labs dedicated to research, including ones for political psychology and virtual human interaction***|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Stanford University
- The communication department's internship office helps students through providing details for upcoming internships as well as for employment
- Students in the graduate journalism program may use the program's cutting-edge computer facility and receive training on the latest technology
- Communication PhD graduates have been successful at securing tenure-track faculty placements at institutions throughout the U.S. as well as overseas
Stanford University had an enrollment of more than 18,000 students, with more than 10,000 being graduate students. The university has a total of seven schools and over 125 different centers for research. Stanford also has an uncommonly low student-to-faculty ratio of 4 to 1, according to statistics from the school.
Its Department of Communication offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Master of Arts in Journalism and PhD in Communication. The bachelor's program includes courses in reporting, mass media and research methods. Some additional course options include argumentation, digital journalism and economics of the media. A few of the MA's requirements include courses on storytelling and journalism law in addition to a thesis. The PhD program allows for students to study areas outside of communication to a great extent in courses and research. Some courses taken early in the doctoral program include statistics and communication theory.