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Communication & Media Studies at University of Pennsylvania

If you are interested in studying communication and media studies, you may want to check out the program at University of Pennsylvania. The following information will help you decide if it is a good fit for you.

UPenn is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has a total student population of 26,552. In 2021, 71 communications majors received their bachelor's degree from UPenn.

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.

UPenn Communication & Media Studies Degrees Available

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

UPenn Communication & Media Studies Rankings

Each year, College Factual ranks communications programs across the country. The following shows how UPenn 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

The communications major at UPenn is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for Communication & Media Studies. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Ranking Type Rank
Best Communication & Media Studies Master’s Degree Schools 1

In 2021, 15 students received their master’s degree in communications from UPenn. This makes it the #73 most popular school for communications master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 10 students who received their doctoral degrees in communications, making the school the #10 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

Earnings of UPenn Communications Graduates

The median salary of communications students who receive their bachelor's degree at UPenn is $50,120. This is 55% higher than $32,435, which is the national average for all communications bachelor's degree recipients.


Communications Student Demographics at UPenn

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

UPenn Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Program

72% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 71 students who earned a bachelor's degree in Communication & Media Studies from UPenn in 2020-2021, 28% were men and 72% were women.


Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 2% 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 Pennsylvania with a bachelor's in communications.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 3
Black or African American 12
Hispanic or Latino 9
White 34
International Students 8
Other Races/Ethnicities 5

UPenn Communication & Media Studies Master’s Program

73% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
For the most recent academic year available, 27% of communications master's degrees went to men and 73% went to women.


In the communications master's program at this school, racial-ethnic minorities make up 40% of degree recipients. That is 1% better than the national average.*

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 1
Black or African American 2
Hispanic or Latino 2
White 7
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 1

UPenn also has a doctoral program available in communications. In 2021, 10 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 PA, the home state for University of Pennsylvania.

Occupation Jobs in PA Average Salary in PA
Public Relations Specialists 8,390 $61,510
Editors 3,020 $62,870
Writers and Authors 1,400 $60,140
Reporters and Correspondents 1,330 $39,600
Communications Professors 1,280 $76,720


*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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