Individuals interested in pursuing communication training in New Jersey can find relevant associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral level programs. Degrees are offered in such areas as communication studies, interpersonal communication, corporate and organizational communication, media and related fields. In addition to traditional on-campus courses, some schools offer online study options. Below are the ten largest not-for-profit public and private schools that offer communication programs in New Jersey.
Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus
Located in Teaneck, Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus offers an interdisciplinary program in communication studies, with courses in global communication, media studies, writing and communication theory. This program provides concentrations in human communication theory, multimedia journalism, and public relations. Internships are available. The university also offers a five-year accelerated program leading to a bachelor's degree in communication and master's degree in communication. At the graduate level, a Master of Arts in Communication program is available, which emphasizes problem-solving, oral presentation, writing and critical thinking.
Located in Union, Kean University offers several concentrations within its bachelor's degree in communication program. Students who select the communication studies concentration gain a broad background in communication theory and technique. They learn to improve their written, analytical, oral and research skills, as well as to become effective communicators in one-on-one situations and in groups. The other concentrations are in journalism, media, public relations and film. The master's degree in communication studies program focuses on organizational communication. Courses cover topics such as public relations, negotiation, crisis communication, leadership and advocacy.
Montclair State University
Montclair State University in Montclair offers two undergraduate degree programs related to communications. In the bachelor's degree in communication and media arts program students learn theory and practical applications of new media and can customize their degree programs through 15 credits of electives. Students can also pursue a bachelor's degree program in communication studies.
A master's degree program in public and organizational relations trains students in the uses of new media in corporate relations. Students can take studio courses in graphic design as well as internships and independent study as electives. This program offers a thesis and non-thesis option; in either case, passing a comprehensive exam is required for graduation.
Ocean County College
Located in Toms River, Ocean County College's associate's degree in digital mass media program prepares students for entry-level employment or transfer to a 4-year bachelor's degree program. Those interested in this program can choose between an emphasis on broadcast production or journalism. Students learn how to become publicity writers for businesses, organizations, advertising agencies and public relations firms. They also learn how to produce newspapers and magazines as well as perform production tasks at television and radio stations. Covering all media, the program provides experience using podcasts, blogs and other new media, as well.
Located in Glassboro, Rowan University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies program. The program's core courses provide a strong foundation in communication application, theory and research. Students then pursue a specialization in rhetoric and cultural criticism or in interpersonal/organizational communication. They have opportunities to participate in internships and to complete a research practicum with a communication faculty member.
Rutgers University - Newark
The Newark campus of Rutgers University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in communication through its School of Communication and Information. Undergraduate options include a bachelor's degree program in communication, in which students can choose to specialize in strategic public communication and public relations. This program requires students to complete core coursework in communication theory, interpersonal communication and organizational communication. Aspiring journalists can also pursue a bachelor's degree program in journalism and media studies.
The university's 36-credit master's degree in communication and information studies allows students to pursue tracks in health communication, strategic organizational communication or digital media, which is also available online.
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
The New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University offers communication programs similar to those offered at the Newark campus. Communication majors at the undergraduate level can pursue concentrations that include health communication, public relations and organizational communication. Students on this campus can also pursue a bachelor's degree in journalism and media studies. Communication majors may participate in the school's internship program.
As on the Newark campus, this campus offers a master's degree in communication and information studies with concentrations in health and community engagement, strategic organization communication or digital media. The Ph.D. in Communication, Information and Library Studies is awarded through the graduate school on the New Brunswick campus.
Seton Hall University
Located in South Orange, Seton Hall University offers a bachelor's degree in communication that trains students to become effective writers, speakers, researchers, interviewers and team players. Students enjoy small class sizes at a university with a student-faculty ratio of 13:1. Core courses stress writing, research, oral communication and communication theory. Students at the undergraduate level can also pursue a degree in journalism and public relations. Students in either program have opportunities to intern at news agencies or public relations firms in New Jersey and New York.
Flexible graduate programs are also available, including the Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership program offered online and the Master of Arts in Strategic Communication offered on campus. Both programs emphasize applied skills and conclude with a master's project rather than thesis. Additionally, Seton Hall offers a variety of graduate certificate programs related to communication, including programs in organizational communication and public relations.
Union County College
Located in Cranford, Union County College offers an associate's degree in communication program that prepares students for transfer to a 4-year bachelor's degree program. This 2-year program allows students to seek a particular area of study. Graduates are able to communicate in writing and orally in college-level discussion as well as analyze current political and social issues. The program also provides proficiency training in software programs that apply to the communications field.
William Paterson University of New Jersey
Located in Wayne, William Paterson University of New Jersey offers a bachelor's degree in communication program with majors in theatre and comedy, media studies and media production, communication studies and journalism/public relations. The communication studies major focuses on understanding communication from humanistic, scientific and behavioral perspectives. The journalism and public relations major trains students in the techniques and methods used to gather, process and present information in print and broadcast media. Students learn to publish a campus newspaper, create public relations campaigns and to produce television news shows. Internships are available.
At the graduate level, students can pursue the Master of Arts in Professional Communication. This program has two track options: digital media and professional writing and corporate and strategic communication. Designed to meet the needs of communication professionals, the programs offers courses online as well as during the weekends and evenings. This 30-credit program culminates with a master's project.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Communication Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-16)|
|Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus||4-year,private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Communication with concentrations in human communication, multimedia journalism, and public relations
Dual Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies/Master of Arts in Communication,
Master of Arts in Communication
|Kean University||4-year, public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Communication with concentrations in communication studies, journalism, public relations, and media and film,
Master of Arts in Communication Studies
|$11,581 (in-state); $18,183 (out of-state)*|
|Montclair State University||4-year, public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Arts,
Master of Arts in Public and Organizational Relations
|$11,773 (in-state); $20,320 (out-of-state)*|
|Ocean County College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Arts in Digital Mass Media (broadcast or journalism option)||$4,255 (in-district); $5,035 (in-state); $7,735 (out-of-state)*|
|Rowan University||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies||$12,864 (in-state); $20,978 (out-of-state)*|
|Rutgers University - Newark||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Arts in Communication,
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies,
Master of Communication and Information Studies
|$13,597 (in-state); $28,987 (out-of-state)|
|Rutgers University - New Brunswick||4-year, public; small city|| Bachelor of Arts in Communication,
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies,
Master of Communication and Information Studies,
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication, Information and Library Studies
|$14,131 (in-state); $29,521 (out-of-state)*|
|Seton Hall University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Communication,
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations,
Master of Arts in Strategic Communication,
Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership
|Union County College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Arts in Communication||$4,450 (in-district); $8,900 (in-state); $8,900 (out-of-state)*|
|William Paterson University of New Jersey||4-year, public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies,
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Public Relations,
Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and Media Production,
Master of Arts in Professional Communication
|$12,365 (in-state); $20,125 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator