Some of the best schools in the country provide undergraduate and/or graduate programs in communication. As communications is a broad field, many schools offer specializations.
Students who are interested in pursuing careers in communications can find undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, both of which are Ivy League schools. Similar courses of study can be found at the highly competitive Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, and James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, which also offers two bachelor’s degrees in the field. All of these universities are highly regarded by U.S. News World Report, based on it’s 2017 rankings.
1. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia
The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia tied for eighth place on U.S. News World Report’s list of top national universities for 2017. 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.
Doctoral students receive yearly research and travel funds.
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge is a highly selective institution that only accepts 8% of all applicants. The university tied for seventh place among national universities, according to U.S. News World Report in 2017.
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 video games and digital worlds.
MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences produces Said and Done, a monthly, photo-rich publication.
3. James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA
U.S. News World Report ranked James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, the eighth-best regional university in the South for 2017. Additionally, the university made Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s Top 100 ‘Best Values in Public Colleges’ list for 2017. 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.
James Madison established a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society in 2010.
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4. Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
For 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked Cornell University. in Ithaca, New York, as tied for #15 among all national universities. It was also tied for #14 on the publication’s list of most innovative schools and #16 on the list of best value schools.
The Department of Communication offers a Bachelor of Science in Communication and a Ph.D. in Communication. Doctoral students can choose between over a dozen research areas including communication and public policy, social influence and persuasion, media psychology and interactive media design.
The Cornell Daily Sun, the student newspaper, has been published since 1880.
Top Communication Programs
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