Best Communications Programs and Schools

Get ranking information for top schools that offer communications programs. Find out what kinds of learning opportunities they offer to students, such as degree levels and facilities. Schools offering Applied Communications degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look for in a Top Communication Program?

The course selection within a communication program can vary by school, but generally covers aspects of visual, verbal and written communication. You might look for programs that allow you to participate in communication projects on campus or in the local community.

You may also consider schools that allow you to concentrate in a specific area of communication, as well as offer degree programs at all levels. If you would like to gain hands-on training, you could look for communication programs that offer access to digital equipment, media labs or other campus facilities. Programs that offer communication internships can also help you gain experience for your post-graduation job search.

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a private university that was ranked as the 23rd top university in the nation by the US News and World Report in 2016. The publication also ranked CMU's multimedia and visual communications programs as number one. The university's communications program offers participation with many local nonprofits, including designing messages for Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR). You can study at the undergraduate or graduate level:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Communication Design
  • Master of Design in Communication Planning and Information Design

University of California in Los Angeles, CA

The University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) is one of the oldest campuses in the University of California system. The U.S. News and World Report ranked UCLA's multimedia communications program as fifth in 2016. UCLA was also ranked as the second top public university in the same year and 23rd among the best national universities in 2016.

In the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies program, you can study a variety of communication areas, including advertising, communication technology, journalism, film, television, music, and public relations. You can also participate in student groups, such as the Undergraduate Communication Association and Project Media Literacy.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA

The University of Southern California (USC) is a public research university that was founded in 1880. USC was ranked eighth among the best schools for multimedia communications and 23rd on the best national universities ranking in 2016 by the U.S. News and World Report.

USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism offers programs that focus on the cultural, political and social processes of communication. You can get involved in non-profit organizations, as well as gain experience through facilities like TriSight Communications, the USC-based public relations firm. You will have a variety of program options at USC:

  • Bachelor of the Arts in Communication
  • Master of the Arts in Global Communication
  • Master of Communication Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Global and Transnational Communication
  • Ph.D. in Health Communication and Social Dynamics
  • Ph.D. in Media, Culture and Communication

Ten Communications Schools and Programs

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocation
American University4-year, PrivateWashington, DC
New York University4-year, PrivateNew York, NY
Rollins College4-year, PrivateWinter Park, FL
Wheelock College4-year, PrivateBoston, MA
Granite State College4-year, PublicConcord, NH
Elon University4-year, PrivateElon, NC
Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus4-year, PrivateTeaneck, NJ
DePaul University4-year, PrivateChicago, IL
University of West Alabama4-year, PublicLivingston, AL
Lane College4-year, PrivateJackson, TN

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