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Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia Graduate Programs in America

Explore digital communication and media/multimedia graduate programs and graduate schools offering digital communication and media/multimedia degrees. Compare graduate digital communication and media/multimedia programs with government statistics and graduate student reviews. Find the best digital communication and media/multimedia graduate schools for you. 

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View On MapPROGRAMSelect a program to filter your search to only schools that offer degrees in that specific program.Clear OnlineMastersDoctorateSee All Programs COLLEGE TYPEPublicPrivateFor-ProfitNot-For-ProfitRELIGIOUS AFFILIATIONAnyCatholicChristianJewish62 results

  1. MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social SciencesMassachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate School Cambridge, MAAdd to List
  2. Northwestern University School of CommunicationNorthwestern University Graduate School Evanston, ILAdd to List
  3. Annenberg School for Communication and JournalismUniversity of Southern California Graduate School Los Angeles, CAAdd to List
  4. Carnegie Mellon College of Fine ArtsCarnegie Mellon University Graduate School Pittsburgh, PA Rating 5 out of 5 4 reviewsMaster’s Student: I graduated from the School of Design at the College of Fine Arts. This is one best design program at a major research university. The cross disciplinary approach, and ability to take courses at other schools like business, engineering, and public policy makes the CMU experience truly unique. It’s been said that the hardest part about Harvard is getting in, and the hardest part about CMU is graduating. This very is true.
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  5. Ivan Allen College of Liberal ArtsGeorgia Institute of Technology Graduate School Atlanta, GAAdd to List
  6. UC Berkeley School of InformationUniversity of California – Berkeley Graduate School Berkeley, CAAdd to List
  7. School of Media and Journalism – University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School Chapel Hill, NCAdd to List
  8. Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human DevelopmentNew York University Graduate School New York, NY Rating 4.25 out of 5 8 reviewsMaster’s Student: I met great people, was exposed to new ideas, and made good professional contacts in my field. Good opportunities for study abroad and graduate student jobs as well.
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  9. College of CommunicationBoston University Graduate School Boston, MAAdd to List
  10. School of Communication – University of MiamiUniversity of Miami Graduate School Coral Gables, FLAdd to List
  11. College of Letters and Science – UC Santa BarbaraUniversity of California – Santa Barbara Graduate School Santa Barbara, CAAdd to List
  12. University of Washington College of Arts & SciencesUniversity of Washington Graduate School Seattle, WAAdd to List
  13. College of Communication Arts and Sciences – Michigan State UniversityMichigan State University Graduate School East Lansing, MIAdd to List
  14. College of Communication & Information – Florida State UniversityFlorida State University Graduate School Tallahassee, FLAdd to List
  15. The Media School – Indiana University – BloomingtonIndiana University – Bloomington Graduate School Bloomington, INAdd to List
  16. Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and SciencesArizona State University Graduate School Tempe, AZ Rating 5 out of 5 2 reviewsMaster’s Student: Arizona State University is an inclusive and welcoming university. It connects students like me with many valuable resources for helping us to remain healthy and engaged thus minimizing the possibility of Graduate fatigue. The university provides each student with a success coach who is happy to help the student set goals for their studies and who can connect the student with additional resources, such as writing resources or contacts to assist in financial aid concerns, or any number of additional contacts and tools to ensure student success. The courses at ASU are both challenging and inspiring. Overall, my experience has been a very positive one.
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  17. University of Connecticut College of Liberal Arts and SciencesUniversity of Connecticut Graduate School Storrs, CTAdd to List
  18. College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – University of DenverUniversity of Denver Graduate School Denver, COAdd to List
  19. School of Journalism and Mass Communications – University of KansasUniversity of Kansas Graduate School Lawrence, KSAdd to List
  20. College of Art and Design – Rochester Institute of TechnologyRochester Institute of Technology Graduate School Rochester, NYAdd to List
  21. School of Journalism and Communication – University of OregonUniversity of Oregon Graduate School Portland, ORAdd to List
  22. School of Arts and Humanities – University of Texas – DallasUniversity of Texas – Dallas Graduate School Richardson, TXAdd to List
  23. Klein College of Media and CommunicationTemple University Graduate School Philadelphia, PAAdd to List
  24. Loyola University Chicago School of CommunicationLoyola University Chicago Graduate School Chicago, ILAdd to List
  25. Fordham University Graduate School of Arts and SciencesFordham University Graduate School Bronx, NYAdd to List
  26. SponsoredBellarmine UniversityGraduate School Louisville, KY Rating 4.8 out of 5 5 reviewsGraduate Student: Bellarmine University is a nice size campus. Not too big, but not too small. I like the smaller class sizes and the personalized relations with the professors. I do wish that the students were more diverse and from varying backgrounds.
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  28. SponsoredCentral Michigan UniversityGraduate School Mount Pleasant, MI Rating 4.54 out of 5 26 reviewsNiche User: I have enjoyed my program very much. The other professors are encouraging, yet, challenging in just the way I need it to grow as a student. I love learning online as well to eliminate the travel of getting to a class. I have learned much and look forward to graduating in the Spring. I had originally gotten my associates degree and worked as a nurse early in my 20’s. I have raised my 10 children and now want to move into some administrative work with the experience I’ve gained. I love the field of health care and look forward to having an opportunity to make an impact here in the U.S. and globally. I have gone to the country of Myanmar now for 3 months at a time every year the past 8 years. I have seen great disparities there in health care and my hope is to be able to go and make a difference working and helping lead them into a better tomorrow for their people by working as a nurse/health care leader. CMU opened this program and it has been great to be a part of!
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Media studies courses look at the structure, history, output and effect of various media. There is an overlap with communication studies in that both disciplines look closely at how information is transmitted and opinions are formed.

Courses will often look at ownership of media channels and the effects of digital technology on the media with modules on smartphone culture, social media and online advertising. Media studies arose as an academic discipline out of the tradition of critical analysis in English literature courses. It has since grown and established itself as an important academic field in its own right, drawing from a wide range of academic material including texts and ideas from: anthropology, psychology, criticism, sociology, philosophy, cultural studies, film theory, art history, and political science.

 The media is in a near-constant state of upheaval with legacy media operations shrinking their operations and in some cases closing completely. The landscape is being redefined through online publishing and social media by an army of bloggers, YouTube stars and citizen journalists. There has never been a more interesting time to study media and never a greater need for people who understand the current complexities of the industry.

The media industry is notoriously competitive and some areas still count first-hand experience over academic qualifications but a media studies degree will give you a good grounding for a job in journalism or a similar media role. Graduates also go on to roles in public relations, as television producers, programme researchers or in marketing, communications or publishing. Work experience is also a crucial first step so prospective media studies students are advised to build up as much as possible, even before beginning your undergraduate studies. 

Communications studies incorporates aspects of social sciences and the humanities in looking at how human beings communicate with each other. The field is broad and teaching can focus on themes as diverse as linguistics, mass-media, rhetoric, technology, semiotics and interpretation.

Students will look at how meaning is transmitted – via speech, text, broadcast or image and how such messages are received and interpreted. You will also look at the context of these messages be it political, cultural or economic.

Degrees can be more academic, with students studying the nature of communications in modern society and the history of communications as an academic discipline. More practical courses will combine communications with a complementary subject like journalism, public relations or politics. The field draws widely from other academic disciplines such as sociology, psychology, law, anthropology, biology and economics among others. This allows students to sample a broad range of theories and approaches while they unravel the intricacies of human communication.

Communications has one of the broadest range of career paths open to graduates. Experts in communication are employed in almost every sector from government spokespeople and corporate PR chiefs to newspaper and online journalists, press officers and marketers and advertising executives. The skills you learn on a degree course will stand you in good stead for any of these roles and much of what you will be taught will transfer to other sectors. So if you are fascinated by the power of rhetoric or mass media, or if you fancy yourself a media mogul or advertising guru, this might be the path for you.Read moreOther subjects within the discipline of social sciences

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Why study media and communications? Find out what you will learn during this type of degree course, what subjects you should study to win a place at university, and what jobs you may get once you graduate12 NovemberGlobal collaboration for film and media studentsA study partnership between the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Sussex will enable students to learn about media and communications on a global scaleBy Tim Jordan 27 March


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