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Master’s Degrees in Communication & Media Studies

4,417 Yearly Graduations
$46,450 Median Salary
$35,966 Median Debt
There are 293 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a master's degree in communications. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 29% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 15.4% of communications graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Communications Majors

In 2018-2019, 4,417 earned their master's degree in communications. This earns it the #43 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in communications at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 55,113
Associate’s Degree 6,266
Master’s Degree 4,417
Basic Certificate 1,627
Doctor’s Degree 489
Graduate Certificate 278
Undergraduate Certificate 111

Earnings of Communications Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in communications is $46,450. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $40,225 and the high is $54,750.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in communications is $35,966. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $41,421 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $30,688.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $419.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in communications. About 70.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,290
Women 3,127
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Communications

The racial-ethnic distribution of communications master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 133
Black or African American 541
Hispanic or Latino 486
White 2,159
International Students 679
Other Races/Ethnicities 419
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Communications Master's Degree Students

There are 293 colleges that offer a master’s degree in communications. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana
278 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Purdue University - Main Campus tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for communications majors who are seeking their master's degree. Each year, around 45,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,208 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,208 per year.

The communications program at Purdue University - Main Campus awarded 278 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 76% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
273 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in communications. Each year, around 48,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

The communications program at University of Southern California awarded 273 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 78% were women and 39% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

118 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in communications. Each year, around 11,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,298 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,933 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 118 people received their master's degree in communications from Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network. About 80% of this group were women, and 8% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
113 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for communications majors who are seeking their master's degree is Johns Hopkins University. Roughly 27,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,350 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 113 master's degrees were handed out to communications majors at Johns Hopkins. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 74% were women.

107 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
68% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida International University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in communications. Roughly 58,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,721 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,912 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 107 master's degrees were handed out to communications majors at FIU. Around 68% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 73% were women.

#6

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
97 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for communications majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Florida. Roughly 52,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,477 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,770 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 97 master's degrees were handed out to communications majors at UF. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 82% were women.

#7

American University

Washington, District of Columbia
86 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for communications majors who are seeking their master's degree is American University. Roughly 14,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $30,351 per year.

The communications program at American University awarded 86 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 78% of this group were women, and 34% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado
78 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for communications majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Denver. Each year, around 12,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,336 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,336 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 78 people received their master's degree in communications from DU. About 76% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

74 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for communications majors who are seeking their master's degree is Columbia University in the City of New York. Roughly 31,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,763 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,600 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 74 people received their master's degree in communications from Columbia. Around 19% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 74% were women.

#10

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
73 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for communications majors who are seeking their master's degree is Northwestern University. Roughly 22,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,232 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $56,067 per year.

The communications program at Northwestern University awarded 73 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 70% were women and 8% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

The New School

New York, New York
64 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for communications majors who are seeking their master's degree is The New School. Each year, around 10,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,770 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,710 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 64 master's degrees were handed out to communications majors at New School University. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 72% were women.

#12

Troy University

Troy, Alabama
61 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for communications majors who are seeking their master's degree is Troy University. Roughly 16,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,650 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 61 master's degrees were handed out to communications majors at TROY. Of these students, 75% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington
56 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for communications majors who are seeking their master's degree is Washington State University. Roughly 31,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,953 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,493 per year.

The communications program at Washington State University awarded 56 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 71% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
50 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Walden University is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in communications. Roughly 48,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,428 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,039 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 50 master's degrees were handed out to communications majors at Walden University. About 80% of this group were women, and 62% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas
48 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for communications majors who are seeking their master's degree is Texas Tech University. Each year, around 38,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,744 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,958 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 48 master's degrees were handed out to communications majors at Texas Tech. About 71% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

San Diego State University

San Diego, California
42 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Diego State University is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in communications. Each year, around 35,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

The communications program at San Diego State University awarded 42 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 55% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
39 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Queens University of Charlotte is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in communications. Each year, around 2,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $34,438 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,824 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 master's degrees were handed out to communications majors at Queens. Of these students, 87% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
37 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in communications. Roughly 85,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,417 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,980 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 37 master's degrees were handed out to communications majors at Liberty University. Around 41% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 73% were women.

#19

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois
35 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for communications majors who are seeking their master's degree is Illinois State University. Roughly 20,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,547 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,956 per year.

The communications program at Illinois State University awarded 35 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 74% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
35 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for communications majors who are seeking their master's degree is Boston University. Roughly 33,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,720 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 35 people received their master's degree in communications from Boston U. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 46% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to communications that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Public Relations & Advertising 2,249
Journalism 1,550
Radio, TV & Digital Communication 1,492
Other Communication & Journalism 608
Publishing 229

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student 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 percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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