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2020 Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Maryland

Communication & Media Studies is a popular major and Maryland is the 16th most popular state for students studying this major. 1,413 of the 68,023 Communication & Media Studies diplomas awarded last year were given by schools in Maryland. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Maryland ranking analyzed 7 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in communication and media studies. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 colleges for Communication & Media Studies students in Maryland.

Choosing a Great Communication & Media Studies School

Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Maryland 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. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality 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.

Graduates Earn More After College

Communication & Media Studies graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent communication and media studies graduates from Maryland schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $36,473 in 2017-2018.

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 Maryland.

Best Schools to Study Communication & Media Studies in Maryland

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study communication and media studies.

Best Communications Colleges in Maryland

Doctorate Highest Degree Type
12.4% Growth in Graduates
$43,300 Median Starting Salary

University of Maryland - College Park is a great choice for individuals pursuing a Communication & Media Studies major. Located in the large suburb College Park, UMCP is a public school with a very large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, UMCP 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 University of Maryland - College Park get $6,229 above the typical college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD
$39,200 Median Starting Salary

It's difficult to beat Loyola University Maryland if you want to study communication and media studies. Loyola Maryland is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Baltimore.

Loyola University Maryland communication and media studies students make $2,129 more than the average communications grad.

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Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD
$33,200 Median Starting Salary

Any student who is interested in communication and media studies needs to look into Salisbury University. Located in the suburb Salisbury, Salisbury is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Graduates of the communications program earn about $33,200 in their early career salary.

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Towson University

Towson, MD
$37,200 Median Starting Salary

Towson University is a good decision for individuals pursuing a Communication & Media Studies degree. Located in the city Towson, Towson is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Students who graduate from the communications program make an average of $37,200 in their early career salary.

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7.0% Growth in Graduates
$34,300 Median Starting Salary

UMBC is a large public school located in the large suburb of Baltimore.

For those interested in shorter degree, UMBC also offers a Award Taking 2 to 4 Years in communication and media studies. Students who graduate from the communications program earn around $34,300 in the first couple years of their career.

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Frostburg State University

Frostburg, MD
25.0% Growth in Graduates
$29,300 Median Starting Salary

Located in the suburb Frostburg, Frostburg State is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Students who graduate from this program report average early career income of $29,300.

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$43,000 Median Starting Salary

Located in the large suburb Adelphi, University of Maryland - University College is a public college with a very large student population.

University of Maryland - University College communication and media studies students make $5,929 more than the standard communications student.

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Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

Explore all the Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
New York 335 4,646
Pennsylvania 327 2,762
New Jersey 280 1,617
District of Columbia 194 255
Delaware 171 202

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

Majors Similar to Communications

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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