Best Master's Degrees in Communication

A master’s in communication and media can translate to a variety of professional settings including business, marketing, public relations, government, and law. 

Three years after completing their degree, communications master’s graduates earn a weighted average salary of $53,921. Our rankings of communications graduate programs cover 71 of the 192 programs available, accounting for 62% of total conferrals. 

We are unable to include schools for which there are insufficient earnings and/or debt data. For more information on how we determine the best communication programs, please visit our methodology page.

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#1 in Communications | #14 in Humanities & Social Sciences

California State University, Fullerton

Fullerton, California

Economic score: 0.26

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $74,626

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $7,745

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $21,500

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.29

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in Communications

Weber State University

Ogden, Utah

Economic score: 0.32

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $70,456

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $70

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $22,869

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.32

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#3 in Communications

Colorado State University, Fort Collins

Fort Collins, Colorado

Economic score: 0.33

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $53,184

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $512

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $17,533

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.33

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#4 in Communications

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, Tennessee

Economic score: 0.33

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $43,502

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $1,040

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $14,924

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.34

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#5 in Communications | #15 in Humanities & Social Sciences

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

Economic score: 0.34

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $78,857

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $20,362

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $35,739

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.45

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#6 in Communications | #68 in Humanities & Social Sciences

Columbia University

New York, New York

Economic score: 0.38

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $97,077

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $42,728

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $66,000

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.68

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#7 in Communications

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Economic score: 0.40

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $81,702

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $23,476

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $45,905

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.56

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#8 in Communications

Purdue University

West Lafayette, Indiana

Economic score: 0.40

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $69,334

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $6,169

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $30,734

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.44

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#9 in Communications

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Economic score: 0.41

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $55,138

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $153

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $22,512

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.41

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#10 in Communications

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Economic score: 0.45

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $84,767

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $25,566

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $55,173

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.65

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#11 in Communications | #53 in Humanities & Social Sciences

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas

Economic score: 0.47

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $50,206

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $3,207

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $25,434

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.51

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#12 in Communications

Westminster College

Salt Lake City, Utah

Economic score: 0.48

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $73,915

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $9,529

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $41,000

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.55

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#13 in Communications

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois

Economic score: 0.48

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $45,429

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $4,833

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $19,854

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.44

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#14 in Communications

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

Economic score: 0.50

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $57,848

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $140

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $28,786

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.50

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#15 in Communications

Missouri State University, Springfield

Springfield, Missouri

Economic score: 0.50

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $42,774

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $3,796

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $19,747

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.46

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#16 in Communications

La Salle University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Economic score: 0.55

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $55,987

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $6,975

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $35,002

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.63

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#17 in Communications

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Economic score: 0.55

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $56,613

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $58

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $31,157

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.55

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#18 in Communications

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana

Economic score: 0.56

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $40,467

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $17,767

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $15,749

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.39

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#19 in Communications

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mankato, Minnesota

Economic score: 0.57

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $40,150

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $2,810

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $21,348

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.53

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#20 in Communications | #61 in Humanities & Social Sciences

American University

Washington, District of Columbia

Economic score: 0.60

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $70,156

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $12,805

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $51,250

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.73

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

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How long does it take to pay down debt in comms & media studies?

Years

Under a year

The average debt accrued from a master's degree in comms & media studies is covered by average graduate earnings in under a year.

How much do graduates with master's degree in comms & media studies earn?

Salary

$53,921

The median master's degree in comms & media studies graduate earns $53,921 3 years after graduating.

How much does a master's degree in comms & media studies cost?

Net cost

$20,025

The average annual cost of a master's degree in comms & media studies is $20,025. This is the net cost and considers only students that have received Title IV funds.