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2021 Best Communication & Journalism Master's Degree Schools

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Finding the Best Communication & Journalism Master's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 122,154 people earned a degree or certificate in communication and journalism, making the major the #13 most popular in the United States.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Communication & Journalism Master's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 313 schools in the United States to see which master's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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2021 Best Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the communication and journalism master's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Master's in Communication & Journalism

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Our analysis found University of Pennsylvania to be the best school for communication and journalism students who want to pursue a master’s degree in the United States. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

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#2

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

The excellent master’s degree programs at Cornell University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best communication and journalism schools in the United States. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca.

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#3

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

The excellent master’s degree programs at Northwestern University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best communication and journalism schools in the United States. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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The excellent master’s degree programs at Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best communication and journalism schools in the United States. Located in the city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a very large student population.

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#5

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Georgetown University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools list. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

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#6

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Stanford University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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With a ranking of #7, CUNY Graduate School and University Center did quite well on this year’s best schools for communication and journalism students working on their master’s degree. The Graduate Center is a moderately-sized public school located in the large city of New York.

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#8

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

Drake University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree communication and journalism programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Des Moines, Drake is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a very large student population.

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#10

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree communication and journalism programs. Located in the large city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#11

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for communication and journalism students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #11 on the list. Villanova is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Villanova.

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University of California - Berkeley did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for communication and journalism students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Berkeley.

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University of Missouri - Columbia landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree communication and journalism programs. Mizzou is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Columbia.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus ranked #14 on this year’s Best Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public school with a very large student population.

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University of St Thomas Minnesota ranked #15 on this year’s Best Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Saint Paul, UST MN is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#16

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Fairfield University landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree communication and journalism programs. Fairfield U is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Fairfield.

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Columbia University in the City of New York landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree communication and journalism programs. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#18

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree communication and journalism programs. Syracuse is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Syracuse.

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#19

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree communication and journalism programs. Wake Forest University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Winston-Salem.

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#20

George Washington University

Washington, DC

With a ranking of #20, George Washington University did quite well on this year’s best schools for communication and journalism students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#21

Bryant University

Smithfield, RI

Bryant University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Smithfield, Bryant is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#22

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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#23

St. Bonaventure University

Saint Bonaventure, NY

St. Bonaventure University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for communication and journalism students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. St. Bonaventure is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Saint Bonaventure.

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#24

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT

Quinnipiac University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Hamden, Quinnipiac is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#25

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

With a ranking of #25, University of Delaware did quite well on this year’s best schools for communication and journalism students working on their master’s degree. U of Delaware is a very large public school located in the suburb of Newark.

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Rest of the Top Best Communication & Journalism Master's Degree Schools

#28

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD
#29

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#30

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#31

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY
#33

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#34

Boston University

Boston, MA
#35

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH
#38

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS
#39

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#40

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#41

Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY
#43

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Communication & Journalism Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
47 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
48 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
49 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
50 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
51 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
52 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
53 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
54 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
55 American University Washington, DC
56 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
57 Elon University Elon, NC
58 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
59 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
60 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
61 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
62 Ball State University Muncie, IN

Communication & Journalism by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 68,301
Public Relations & Advertising 20,156
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 16,150
Journalism 15,466
Communication & Journalism (Other) 1,784
Publishing 297

Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 306,739
Social Sciences 203,399
Psychology 177,655
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 59,281
History 32,806

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Josh Hallett.

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