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Communication & Media Studies at University of California - Santa Barbara

If you plan to study communication and media studies, take a look at what University of California - Santa Barbara has to offer and decide if the program is a good match for you. Get started with the following essential facts.

UCSB is located in Santa Barbara, California and approximately 25,057 students attend the school each year. Of the 6,327 students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from University of California - Santa Barbara in 2019, 445 of them were communication and media studies majors.

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.

UCSB Communication & Media Studies Degrees Available

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

UCSB Communication & Media Studies Rankings

Each year, College Factual ranks communications programs across the country. The following shows how UCSB performed in these rankings.

Note: Rankings don't always give a complete picture of a school's strengths and weaknesses, so it's a good idea to extend your research and also look at other factors when trying to decide if the school is right for you.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

UCSB ranked #17 on College Factual's list of Best Quality Schools for communications majors. This puts the program in the top 5% of the nation. It is also ranked as the #2 school in California.

Ranking Type Rank
Most Popular Colleges for Communication & Media Studies 9
Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges for Veterans 36
Highest Paid Communication & Media Studies Graduates 86
Most Focused Colleges for Communication & Media Studies 110
Best Value Colleges for Communication & Media Studies 212

In 2019, 5 students received their master’s degree in communications from UCSB. This makes it the #208 most popular school for communications master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 7 students who received their doctoral degrees in communications, making the school the #24 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

How Much Do Communications Graduates from UCSB Make?

The median salary of communications students who receive their bachelor's degree at UCSB is $36,300. This is 15% higher than $31,700, which is the national average for all communications bachelor's degree recipients.

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Communications Student Demographics at UCSB

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the communications majors at University of California - Santa Barbara.

UCSB Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Program

72% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities
During the 2018-2019 academic year, 445 students graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications from UCSB. About 28% were men and 72% were women.

UCSB Gender Breakdown of Communication & Media Studies Bachelor's Degree Grads

Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 16% more racial-ethnic minorities in its communications bachelor's program than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from University of California - Santa Barbara with a bachelor's in communications.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Communication & Media Studies Majors at University of California - Santa Barbara
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 70
Black or African American 9
Hispanic or Latino 105
White 179
International Students 18
Other Races/Ethnicities 64

UCSB Communication & Media Studies Master’s Program

60% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities
The communications program at UCSB awarded 5 master's degrees in 2018-2019. About 40% of these degrees went to men with the other 60% going to women. Nationwide, master's degree programs only see 29% men graduate in communications each year. UCSB does a better job at serving the male population as it supports 11% more men than average.

UCSB Gender Breakdown of Communication & Media Studies Master's Degree Grads

In the communications master's program at this school, racial-ethnic minorities make up 60% of degree recipients. That is 31% better than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from University of California - Santa Barbara with a master's in communications.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Communication & Media Studies Majors at University of California - Santa Barbara
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 1
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 1
White 0
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 1

UCSB also has a doctoral program available in communications. In 2019, 7 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

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 CA, the home state for University of California - Santa Barbara.

Occupation Jobs in CA Average Salary in CA
Public Relations Specialists 26,820 $72,910
Editors 11,060 $78,150
Writers and Authors 7,910 $96,910
Reporters and Correspondents 3,430 $67,820
Radio and Television Announcers 2,780 $78,840

References

*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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