Students can find highly-rated general communications technology education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, sometimes through programs offered specifically in the field, and sometimes through broader communications degree programs. Individual courses of study may focus on multimedia or Web design, and some emphasize the technical aspects of networking and data communications.
The four top schools featured below offer bachelor's and/or master's degree programs in communication technology, information or media. They include Ohio State University, Michigan State University, Florida State University and Drexel University. All of these schools were highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.
Ohio State University in Columbus, OH
|School Highlight: OSU's School of Communication offers students the chance to engage in research via research centers and research groups.|
This university offers a Bachelor of Arts in New Media and Communication Technology. Areas of concentration include human-computer interaction or communication technology management. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and combines coursework in design, business and computer science. The school was ranked #16 among public schools by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.
Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI
|School Highlight: MSU's Department of Communication provides students with the opportunity to choose from over 200 programs of study.|
The university's College of Communication Arts and Sciences offers a bachelor's degree in communication and a dual B.A./M.A. degree in communication. There is also a master's degree in communication, with two track options: one is a thesis track, which is Pre-Ph.D.; and the second is a final exam track. There is also the Ph.D. program in communication. For 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked MSU #33 among public schools.
Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL
|School Highlight: Students at FSU's School of Information have a large variety of resources available to them, including the Goldstein Library, a help desk, and a social media lab.|
This university offers a major in information, communication and technology (ICT) at the undergraduate level. An M.S. degree is also offered in information technology. Some courses may also be taken online. U.S. News & World Report ranked the school #38 among public schools for 2017.
Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA
|School Highlight: The communications department offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs.|
Undergraduates at Drexel can earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Communication, or they can choose a minor in communication or nonprofit communication. The B.S. program is available online. At the master's degree level, students can earn a Master of Science in Communication either online or on-campus, or an M.S. in Communication, Culture, and Media. There is also a Ph.D. in Communication, Culture, and Media. In the category of most innovative schools, Drexel was ranked #14 by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.
Top General Communication Technology Programs
These three schools also offer educational opportunities in general communications technology:
- At the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, some classes are offered partially or completely online.
- At Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, English communications is offered as a major or minor.
- The University of Denver in Denver, CO, offers online and on-campus master's degree and graduate certificate programs.
For students interested in general communication technologies, there are a number of well-respected institutions that offer relevant degree programs as well as specialized courses and minors in the field.