Top Communication Studies Graduate Programs

Read about three well-regarded schools with graduate programs in communications studies, and check their national rankings. Explore the communication studies programs offered by each school. Review some of the typical characteristics associated with quality programs in this field. Schools offering Applied Communications degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look For in a Top Communication Graduate School?

Consider schools that are ranked by national organizations like U.S. News & World Report. You'll want to study with faculty members who have been recognized for their achievements in teaching and research. Find out what type of career services the school offers, including job placement, career fairs, internships or scholarships.

What Are Three Top Communication Studies Graduate Schools?

Kent State University (KSU) in Kent, OH

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked KSU 175th among national universities. Faculty members in KSU's School of Communication Studies have received several awards from the university for excellence in teaching, including the Distinguished Teacher Award and the Award of Distinction.

The Communication Graduate Student Association at Kent keeps students informed about available career opportunities and services, including mentoring, job postings and conference updates. Internship fairs and fellowships are also offered to graduate students. A Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communication Studies is available.

  • M.A. in Communication Studies

University of Minnesota (UM) at Minneapolis

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked UM 69th among national universities. Faculty members in the Department of Communication Studies at UM often collaborate with students on research projects leading to publication.

Students have access to research laboratories and UM libraries. The school also offers teaching and research assistantships, travel awards and fellowships. Students enrolled in the department's master's program can select a thesis or non-thesis option. Available degrees include:

  • M.A. in Critical Media Studies
  • M.A. in Interpersonal Communications
  • M.A. in Rhetorical Studies
  • Ph.D. in Critical Media Studies
  • Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication
  • Ph.D. in Rhetorical Studies

The University of Texas (UT) at Austin

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked UT 52nd among national universities. Three professors from the school's Department of Communication Studies have won UT's Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching. Faculty members have also received grants from companies like Dell Computers and IBM.

The Intellectual Entrepreneur Consortium program allows faculty and graduate students to collaborate with undergraduate students on research projects. Graduate students have access to the Robert W. Hopper Multimedia Laboratory. You could earn one of the following degrees:

  • M.A. in Communication Studies
  • M.A. in Communication Studies and LBJ Public Affairs (Dual Degree)
  • M.A. in Communication and Latin American Studies (Dual Degree)
  • M.A. in Communication and Business Administration (Dual Degree)
  • Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication
  • Ph.D. in Organizational Communication
  • Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Language

Other Communication Studies Programs

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocation
Harvard University4-year, PrivateCambridge, MA
Clemson University4-year, PublicClemson, SC
Asbury University4-year, PrivateWilmore, KY
Park University4-year, PrivateParkville, MO
La Salle University4-year, PrivatePhiladelphia, PA
Northwestern University4-year, PrivateEvanston, IL
Stanford University4-year, PrivateStanford, CA
University of Oregon4-year, PublicEugene, OR
Troy University4-year, PublicTroy, AL
Woodbury University4-year, PrivateBurbank, CA

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