Top Communication Universities, Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Read about the top colleges and universities for communications, which may offer programs in advertising, broadcasting, public relations or even video game studies. Learn about the degree options at three universities, and find out what other schools in the U.S. offer programs in communications.

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School Overview

Students who are interested in pursuing careers in communications can find undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, an Ivy League school that was founded by Benjamin Franklin. Similar courses of study can be found at the highly competitive Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the programs at James Madison University lead to bachelor's degrees.

Top U.S. Schools with Communications Programs

1. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia tied for fifth place on U.S. News & World Report's list of national universities for 2012. The Annenberg School for Communication offers a Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Communication. Courses cover a variety of subjects, including media and politics, global communication and political communication. Study abroad opportunities around the world are also available to students.

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a highly selective institution that only accepts 10.1% of all applicants. The university also tied for fifth place among national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2012. Formerly known as the Department of Film and Media Studies, MIT's Comparative Media Studies Department offers a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Comparative Media Studies. The curriculum provides a distinctive approach to the traditional study of communications, incorporating technology with courses in videogames and digital worlds.

3. James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA

U.S. News & World Report ranked James Madison University as the sixth-best regional university in the South for 2012. Additionally, the university made The Princeton Review's list of best value colleges for the same year. The School of Communication Studies offers both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. Seven program specialties are available, including conflict analysis and intervention, public relations, health communication and organizational communication.

Ten Good Schools with Communication Programs

School NameDistinctionLocation
Cornell UniversityThe Cornell Daily Sun, the student newspaper, has been published since 1880 Ithaca, NY
James Madison UniversityGranted a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society in 2009Harrisonburg, VA
Johns Hopkins UniversityAlumni have found jobs as communication officers at the World Bank, among other positions Baltimore, MD
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologySchool of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences produces Said and Done, a monthly, photo-rich publication Cambridge, MA
Northwestern UniversityGraduate internships at university newsrooms in both Chicago and Washington, D.C.Evanston, IL
University of California - Los AngelesSix alumni are Nobel Laureates Los Angeles, CA
University of Michigan at Ann ArborLecture about the changing role of women in the Middle East presented by the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize Ann Arbor, MI
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillCited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications for its premiere reputationChapel Hill, NC
University of Pennsylvania Doctoral program rated #1 in 'Mass Communication' and 'Political Communication' by the National Communication Association Doctoral Reputation Study Philadelphia, PA
University of Texas in AustinCollege of Communication houses radio, television, and student publication servicesAustin, TX
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