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List of Colleges for Communications Degree Programs

Communications degree programs teach students the technical and personal aspects of communicating in many realms. Read on to learn more about these flexible programs.

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Because communications is such a broad field, students should make themselves familiar with the variety of related careers available including working for a newspaper, conducting legal work, directing the creative field of a business and analyzing the media. Most of these careers can be attained with a bachelor's degree.

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10 Schools with Communications Degree Programs

Here are a few schools that offer programs in communications, along with their locations and average tuition cost.

College/University Location Institution Type Degree Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $10,158 (in-state, undergrad), $10,610 (in-state, graduate)
Boston University Boston, MA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $48,436 (in-state, undergraduate), $47,422 (graduate)
Texas A & M University College Station, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Doctorate $10,176 (in-state, undergraduate), $5,598 (in-state, graduate)
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 4-year, Private Master's $48,710
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $6,368 (in-state, undergrad), $6,916 (in-state, graduate)
American University Washington, DC 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $43,103 (undergrad), $27,468 (graduate)
University of Missouri-St. Louis St. Louis, MO 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $9,394 (in-state, undergraduate), $10,459 (in-state, graduate)
University of Louisville Louisville, KY 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $10,744 (in-state)
University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 4-year, Public Bachelor's and Master's $10,415 (in-state, undergraduate), $10,728 (in-state, graduate)
Purdue University West Lafayette, IN 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,002 (in-state)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

College Selection Criteria

When choosing a program, students should be careful to find one that will prepare them for their desired career. Considerations for students in the field of communications include:

  • Programs should include a wide variety of the subjects in this varied field, including journalism, publishing, public relations, advertising, technical writing and editing, among others.
  • Communication programs should be up-to-date and a student newspaper should be available in both print and online versions, as well as a radio station and television station in which the student can participate.
  • The school should have an extensive internship program where students can build a set of practical skills and experiences, which may include published writing clips.

Program Overviews

Bachelor's degrees in communications typically include course work from a wide variety of areas, such as health, business or family communication. These programs will also emphasize written communication as well. Master's programs may be narrowed more toward a specific communications area. Often, communications programs are offered online.

Students with an interest in journalism, legal writing, creative writing, broadcasting or business may find a degree in communications helpful when starting their career. Various degree options are available for the different occupations.

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