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2020 Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Michigan

Communication & Media Studies is a popular major and Michigan is the 10th most popular state for students studying this major. 1,894 of the 68,023 Communication & Media Studies degrees earned last year were given by schools in Michigan. With so many options it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Michigan ranking analyzed 15 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in communication and media studies. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 2 schools for Communication & Media Studies students in Michigan.

Choosing a Great Communication & Media Studies School

Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Michigan Your choice of communication and media studies school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

Communication & Media Studies graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. A communication and media studies bachelors degree from a school in Michigan helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $32,259 a couple years later.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Communication & Media Studies students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other communication and media studies students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized communication and media studies related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Communication & Media Studies students in Michigan.

Best Schools to Study Communication & Media Studies in Michigan

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Top 10 Best Communications Colleges in Michigan

Doctorate Highest Degree Type
$41,500 Median Starting Salary

It is difficult to beat University of Michigan - Ann Arbor if you want to pursue communication and media studies as a major. U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor.

For those interested in something more advanced, U of Michigan also offers 2 different higher degree levels in communication and media studies, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Graduates from the communication and media studies program at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor earn $9,457 more than the average graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
$36,200 Median Starting Salary

Michigan State University is among your best bets if you want to study communication and media studies. Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of East Lansing.

For those interested in something more advanced, Michigan State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in communication and media studies, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Graduates from the communication and media studies major at Michigan State University get $4,157 above the average college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Albion College

Albion, MI
$29,300 Median Starting Salary

Every student pursuing a degree in communication and media studies needs to take a look at Albion College. Located in the town Albion, Albion is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

After graduation, communications students typically earn around $29,300 at the beginning of their careers.

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Hope College

Holland, MI
$30,700 Median Starting Salary

Hope College is a great choice for students interested in a Communication & Media Studies degree. Located in the city Holland, Hope is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career earnings of $30,700.

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Wayne State University

Detroit, MI
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
$31,900 Median Starting Salary

Wayne State is a very large public school located in the city of Detroit.

For those interested in something more advanced, Wayne State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in communication and media studies, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the communications program earn an average of $31,900 in their early career salary.

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$30,600 Median Starting Salary

Located in the small city Dearborn, UM Dearborn is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, UM Dearborn offers a Award Taking Less Than 1 Year in communication and media studies. Graduates of the communications program earn an average of $30,600 in their early career salary.

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Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI
40.0% Growth in Graduates
$30,900 Median Starting Salary

Located in the midsize city Grand Rapids, Calvin is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Students who graduate from this degree state that they receive average early career wages of $30,900.

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Master Highest Degree Type
6.1% Growth in Graduates
$31,200 Median Starting Salary

WMU is a very large public school located in the city of Kalamazoo.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, WMU offers a Master's Degree in communication and media studies. Students who graduate from the communications program make an average of $31,200 in the first couple years of their career.

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Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI
Master Highest Degree Type
$31,900 Median Starting Salary

Located in the large suburb Rochester Hills, Oakland is a public school with a large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, Oakland also offers 2 different higher degree levels in communication and media studies, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from the communications program earn about $31,900 in the first couple years of working.

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Master Highest Degree Type
$29,000 Median Starting Salary

Located in the large suburb Allendale, GVSU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, GVSU also offers a Master's Degree in communication and media studies. Students who graduate from this degree state that they receive average early career income of $29,000.

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Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Ohio 318 2,347
Illinois 306 2,282
Indiana 291 1,768
Wisconsin 290 1,476

One of 5 majors within the Communication & Journalism area of study, Communication & Media Studies has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Relations & Advertising 19,507
Journalism 15,914
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 14,960
Communication & Journalism (Other) 1,920
Publishing 246

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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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