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2022 Best Communication & Media Studies Schools

787 Colleges in the United States
68,079 Communications Degrees Awarded
$32,728 Avg Early-Career Salary
Ranked #9 in popularity, communication and media studies is one of the most sought-after degree programs in the nation. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 787 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Communication & Media Studies Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 68,079 degrees in communication and media studies during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Communication & Media Studies School

Best Communication & Media Studies Schools Your choice of communication and media studies school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. For our Best Overall Communication & Media Studies School rankings, we roll up the results of our degree-level rankings, weighted by the number of degrees awarded at that level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Communication & Media Studies Rankings by Degree Level

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Communication & Media Studies Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

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Best Schools for Communication & Media Studies in the United States

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the communications degree levels they offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Communications

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
107 Communications Degrees Awarded

It's difficult to beat University of Pennsylvania if you want to pursue a degree in communication and media studies. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 107 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year. Communication & Media Studies degree recipients from University of Pennsylvania receive an earnings boost of approximately $16,672 over the average income of communication and media studies majors.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
128 Communications Degrees Awarded

Johns Hopkins University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in communication and media studies. Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Baltimore. A Best Schools rank of #19 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were approximately 128 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent data year. Those communication and media studies students who get their degree from Johns Hopkins University make $33,372 more than the standard communications student.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
96 Communications Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat Columbia University in the City of New York if you want to pursue a degree in communication and media studies. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #22 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 96 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year. Communication & Media Studies degree recipients from Columbia University in the City of New York receive an earnings boost of around $64,872 over the average earnings of communication and media studies graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
187 Communications Degrees Awarded

Any student who is interested in communication and media studies has to take a look at Northwestern University. Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were roughly 187 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available. Those communication and media studies students who get their degree from Northwestern University make $25,722 more than the typical communications graduate.

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#5

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
99 Communications Degrees Awarded

Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Schools rank of #16 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were roughly 99 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available. Communication & Media Studies degree recipients from Cornell University earn a boost of around $14,372 over the typical income of communication and media studies graduates.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
284 Communications Degrees Awarded

UC Berkeley is a fairly large public university located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley. A Best Schools rank of #26 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

There were roughly 284 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the communication and media studies program at University of California - Berkeley get $11,072 above the standard college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#7

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
212 Communications Degrees Awarded

Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit college located in the small city of Chestnut Hill. A Best Schools rank of #45 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Boston College is a great college overall.

There were about 212 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent year we have data available. Those communication and media studies students who get their degree from Boston College earn $12,972 more than the standard communications student.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
246 Communications Degrees Awarded

U-M is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor. A Best Schools rank of #40 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were roughly 246 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the communication and media studies major at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor get $8,772 above the standard college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#9

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
56th Most Popular In CA
51 Communications Degrees Awarded

Stanford is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Stanford. A Best Schools rank of #3 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were about 51 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
622 Communications Degrees Awarded

USC is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Schools rank of #33 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were about 622 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent data year. Those communication and media studies students who get their degree from University of Southern California receive $17,072 more than the standard communications graduate.

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#11

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
122 Communications Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 12th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 122 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at SCU in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the communication and media studies degree program at Santa Clara University earn $10,272 above the average graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
173 Communications Degrees Awarded

Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Boston. This university ranks 10th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 173 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at Northeastern in the most recent data year. Communication & Media Studies degree recipients from Northeastern University receive an earnings boost of around $19,422 above the typical income of communication and media studies majors.

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#13

Boston University

Boston, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
449 Communications Degrees Awarded

Boston U is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Boston. This university ranks 12th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 449 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent data year. Those communication and media studies students who get their degree from Boston University make $10,172 more than the typical communications graduate.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
635 Communications Degrees Awarded

UNC Chapel Hill is a very large public university located in the city of Chapel Hill. This university ranks 4th out of 113 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were about 635 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at UNC Chapel Hill in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the communications program report average early career earnings of $33,900.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
522 Communications Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 16th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 522 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at UCSB in the most recent data year. Those communication and media studies students who get their degree from University of California - Santa Barbara receive $3,572 more than the average communications graduate.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In TX
272 Communications Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #52 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UT Austin is a great university overall.

There were roughly 272 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at UT Austin in the most recent data year.

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#17

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
172 Communications Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 8th out of 134 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were about 172 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at Villanova in the most recent data year. Those communication and media studies students who get their degree from Villanova University make $9,472 more than the average communications student.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
367 Communications Degrees Awarded

UMCP is a very large public university located in the suburb of College Park. This university ranks 2nd out of 39 schools for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

There were approximately 367 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at UMCP in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the communication and media studies major at University of Maryland - College Park make $10,572 more than the average graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
336 Communications Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 102 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were approximately 336 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent year we have data available. Communication & Media Studies degree recipients from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign get an earnings boost of about $5,372 over the average income of communication and media studies graduates.

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#20

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
100 Communications Degrees Awarded

Fairfield U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Fairfield. This university ranks 5th out of 32 colleges for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were about 100 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at Fairfield U in the most recent data year. Those communication and media studies students who get their degree from Fairfield University make $9,572 more than the typical communications graduate.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
326 Communications Degrees Awarded

Located in the small suburb of Davis, UC Davis is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 20th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 326 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at UC Davis in the most recent data year. Those communication and media studies students who get their degree from University of California - Davis make $5,172 more than the average communications student.

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#22

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
125 Communications Degrees Awarded

Wake Forest University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Winston-Salem. A Best Schools rank of #56 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Wake Forest University is a great university overall.

There were approximately 125 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at Wake Forest University in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the communication and media studies program at Wake Forest University get $4,972 more than the average college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#23

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In VA
187 Communications Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 3rd out of 73 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were roughly 187 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at Virginia Tech in the most recent data year.

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#24

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
468 Communications Degrees Awarded

JMU is a very large public university located in the city of Harrisonburg. This university ranks 5th out of 73 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 468 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at JMU in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WI
315 Communications Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 52 colleges for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were roughly 315 communication and media studies students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent data year.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Communication & Media Studies Schools

#26

Furman University

Greenville, SC
#27

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

#33

Denison University

Granville, OH
#34

Pitzer College

Claremont, CA
#35

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#36

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#37

Bryant University

Smithfield, RI
#39

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#40

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

#42

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#45

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#48

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Communication & Media Studies Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 787 different United States communication and media studies schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Elon University Elon, NC
51 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
52 Stonehill College Easton, MA
53 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
54 American University Washington, DC
55 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
56 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
57 Colorado State University - Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
58 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
59 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
60 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
61 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
62 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
63 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
64 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
65 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
66 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
67 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
68 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
69 University of Georgia Athens, GA
70 Baylor University Waco, TX
71 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
72 Clark University Worcester, MA
73 Lake Forest College Lake Forest, IL
74 University of New Hampshire at Manchester Manchester, NH
75 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
76 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
77 Ohio Northern University Ada, OH
78 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
79 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
80 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
81 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
82 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
83 Augustana College Rock Island, IL
84 Towson University Towson, MD
85 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
86 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
87 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
88 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
89 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
90 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
91 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
92 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
93 Fordham University Bronx, NY
94 Chapman University Orange, CA
95 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
96 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
97 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
98 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
99 Illinois State University Normal, IL
100 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
101 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
102 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
103 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
104 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
105 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
106 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
107 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
108 Manhattan College Riverdale, NY
109 Iowa State University Ames, IA
110 Randolph - Macon College Ashland, VA
111 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
112 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
113 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
114 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
115 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
116 Westminster College Utah Salt Lake City, UT
117 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
118 Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Communication & Media Studies Schools award.

Rank College Location
119 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
120 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
121 University at Albany Albany, NY
122 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
123 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
124 Washington State University Pullman, WA
125 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
126 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
127 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
128 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
129 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
130 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
131 Emerson College Boston, MA
132 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
133 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
134 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
135 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
136 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
137 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
138 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
139 Auburn University Auburn, AL
140 Luther College Decorah, IA
141 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
142 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
143 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
144 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
145 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
146 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
147 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
148 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
149 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
150 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
151 Seattle University Seattle, WA
152 Florida International University Miami, FL
153 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
154 Ursinus College Collegeville, PA
155 Mount St Mary’s University Emmitsburg, MD
156 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
157 Saint Michael’s College Colchester, VT

Communication & Media Studies by Region

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Region
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Communications Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Speech Communication 41,970
Communications 11,861
Communication & Media Studies 10,951
Other Communication & Media Studies 3,297

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Relations & Advertising 20,229
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 17,036
Journalism 14,528
Communication & Journalism (Other) 1,253
Publishing 262

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to UNU-WIDER from Helsinki, Finland.

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