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Communication & Media Studies at Columbia University in the City of New York

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Communication & Media Studies at Columbia University in the City of New York

Every communication and media studies school has its own distinct culture and strengths. We've pulled together some statistics and other details to help you see how the communications program at Columbia University in the City of New York stacks up to those at other schools.

Columbia is located in New York, New York and approximately 30,135 students attend the school each year.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Communication & Media Studies section at the bottom of this page.

Columbia Communication & Media Studies Degrees Available

  • Master’s Degree in Communications
  • Doctorate Degree in Communications

Columbia Communication & Media Studies Rankings

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There were 5 students who received their doctoral degrees in communications, making the school the #33 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

Communications Student Demographics at Columbia

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the communications majors at Columbia University in the City of New York.

Columbia Communication & Media Studies Master’s Program

77% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 84 students who earned a master's degree in Communication & Media Studies from Columbia in 2020-2021, 23% were men and 77% were women.


The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with a master's in communications.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 3
Black or African American 11
Hispanic or Latino 1
White 34
International Students 27
Other Races/Ethnicities 8

Careers That Communications Grads May Go Into

A degree in communications can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for NY, the home state for Columbia University in the City of New York.

Occupation Jobs in NY Average Salary in NY
Public Relations Specialists 24,510 $74,000
Editors 19,140 $83,070
Writers and Authors 7,410 $86,380
Reporters and Correspondents 4,540 $81,930
Communications Professors 3,080 $90,470


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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