Top 10 Universities for Media

Updated April 17, 2017 has identified 20 top media/communications schools from around the United States. Top media programs typically have either a separate school of study dedicated specifically to media education, or a well regarded, well funded department with a faculty of esteemed professors. Many schools also offer individual concentrations within the media field, such as radio, print media, and entertainment studies.

Number 10: MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology's innovative Comparative Media Studies program professes its goal of seeking to prepare students for "jobs that don't yet exist" by remaining at the forefront of industrial and technological developments.

Comparative Media Studies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Ave., Building E15-331

Cambridge, MA 02139-4307


Number 9: UMass Amherst

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has a Department of Communications which is part of the larger College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Bachelor's through doctorate degrees are offered. Potential tracks include media effects and mass communication, social interaction, intercultural and global communication, film studies, critical/cultural studies, rhetoric and performance studies, technology studies, and media policy institutions.

Communication Department, Machmer Hall

University of Massachusetts

240 Hicks Way

Amherst, MA 01003-9278

M-F 9:00am-5:00pm

Number 8: Cal State Northridge

California State University at Northridge's Department of Communications focuses on five specialities: communication theory, rhetorical studies, cultural studies, language behaviour, and performance studies. Unique aspects include a diverse service-learning program.

Department of Communication Studies

18111 Nordhoff St.

Northridge, CA 91330-8257

Manzanita Hall Rm 220

Number 7: UNC Charlotte

Continuing the trend of strong state schools, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's Department of Communications also has five main focuses: organizational communication, health communication, mass media, and public relations/public advocacy. The school offers several competitive scholarships and assistant opportunities.

Department of Communication Studies

Colvard 5055

9201 University City Boulevard

Charlotte, NC 28223-0001

Number 6: University of Kansas

The Department of Communications studies at the University of Kansas is one of the world's largest media-based programs, and is one of Kansas' hallmark departments. The program is based in a traditional understanding of communications as a crucial part of liberal arts study.

Communication Studies

Bailey Hall

1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 102

Lawrence, Kansas 66045-7574

Number 5: Pepperdine University

The Seaver College Communication Division at Pepperdine is known for its academic, historical-context approach to communications, forging a degree program with a theoretical understanding of the subject.

Communication Division

Pepperdine University

24255 Pacific Coast Highway

Malibu, CA 90263-4211

Number 4: UMichigan Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor's Communication Studies identifies its studies as unique for their focus on the shaping abilities of media, in everyday life and in global politics and justice as well.

Department Office

1225 S. University Ave.,

Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2523

Number 3: UNC Chapel Hill

The largest and most notable of the University of North Carolina's campuses, Chapel Hill's Communications Department focuses on the role of communications in creating the world as it is today, and seeks to create professionals dedicated to intelligent and thoughtful consideration of modern issues.

CB# 3285, 115 Bingham Hall

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3285

Number 2: Syracuse University

Syracuse's Newhouse School of Communications is one of the most diverse media programs in the nation. Primary focuses include advertising and public relations, visual communications, television and film production, online journalism, print media, and broadcast journalism.

215 University Place

Syracuse NY 13244-2100

Number 1: UPenn

The University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication is at the forefront of media education. Its program maintains a highly academic focus on research, policy, and theoretical understanding. The department's five centres are the Annenberg Public Policy Center, the Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research, the Institute for Public Service, and the Center for Global Communication Studies.

3620 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Herbert Kanter has been writing professionally since 2001. His fiction has been published in "Novelletum" and in Polyphony Online. Kanter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from St. Joseph's University and is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at the University of San Francisco.