Top Colleges with Mass Communication Programs

Mass communication is the study of how information is transferred to a large audience. Universities will occasionally offer degrees in mass communication. It is more common, however, for schools to offer a B.A., M.A. or Ph.D. in communication, with coursework in mass communication. Students in a communication program often study topics such as interpersonal communications, international politics and communication theory.

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Top Schools for Communication Degrees

1. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Founded in 1789, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is the nation's oldest public university. UNC ranks 29th in the 2012 U.S. News and World Report national universities category. The university's College of Arts and Sciences offers a B.A. in Communication Studies. Students in this program can take courses in performance studies, interpersonal and organizational communication and media studies. Communication students have the opportunity to concentrate in speech and hearing sciences during their junior year; they can take classes in linguistics psychology and phonology. UNC's Department of Communication also offers a combined M.A./Ph.D. in Communication Studies.

2. George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

George Washington University (GWU) is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. GWU ranks 50th on the 2012 U.S. News and World Report list of national universities. This school offers a B.A. in Communication through the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication. Students can take courses in nonverbal communication, persuasion and communication theory. GWU's Elliott School of International Affairs and the School of Media and Public Affairs jointly offer an M.A. in Global Communication. Students in this program can take courses in international politics, cultural communications and research methods in order to learn to communicate with an international audience.

3. Michigan State University in East Lansing

Michigan State University (MSU) is a public research university that was founded in 1855. MSU is ranked 28th in the 2012 U.S. News and World Report top public universities category. MSU's College of Communication Arts and Sciences offers a B.A. in Communication that includes mass media and organizational communication courses. MSU also offers an M.A. in Communication with concentrations in persuasion and social influence or interpersonal communication, among others. Graduate students may conduct research aimed at solving communication problems in the workplace.

List of Ten Good Schools for Communications in the U.S.

School NameDistinctionLocation
Claremont McKenna CollegeSmall private college with a university settingClaremont, CA
Delaware State UniversityAmong the top historically black colleges in the countryDover, DE
Michigan State UniversityCommunications Department is ranked first in nation in terms of research productivityEast Lansing, MI
George Washington UniversityStudents in the global communications master's program can intern with the U.S. Department of State or the World BankWashington, D.C.
The University of Central FloridaInternships in communications at local radio and television stationsOrlando, FL
The University of MaineIncorporates liberal arts studies into its communications curriculumOrono, ME
The University of MinnesotaStudents can combine mass communications studies with political science studiesMinneapolis and St. Paul, MN
The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillThe Department of Communications offers a variety of communications degreesChapel Hill, NC
The University of North DakotaOldest and largest university in North DakotaGrand Forks, ND
The University of Wisconsin, MadisonOne of the first universities to establish a program in communicationsMadison, WI
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