Top School in Salt Lake City for a Communications Degree

Sep 19, 2022

School and Ranking Information

The Salt Lake City area gives students a few schools to select from for a degree in communications, including only one public institution. Based on rankings, institution type and student services, the following school is considered one of the top schools in the area for studying communications:

  • Winner: University of Utah is the only public school within 25 miles of Salt Lake City that has programs in the field. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in communication.

School Info Chart

Category University of Utah
Rankings Tied for #105 for National Universities (2022)*
Location Salt Lake City, UT
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2021-2022) $8,893 (in-state), $28,345 (out-of-state)**
Communication Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate
Communication Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2020-2021 347**
Most Popular Communication Degree Level in 2020-2021 Bachelor's (336 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2015 Entering Class 67%**
Noteworthy University of Utah has many communication student organizations available, such as the Society of Professional Journalists and Debate Society***

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***University of Utah website

University of Utah

  • The Department of Communication features highly advanced facilities for students, including various labs, presentation rooms and a dedicated area for telecommunication production
  • Students studying communication have the opportunity to get involved with numerous university media offerings, such as radio, TV, and a student newsletter
  • The communication department has a total of 5 main areas of interest for research
  • Communication was one of the most prevalent undergraduate majors in the 2018-2019 academic year

The University of Utah has been around longer than any other higher education institution in the state, and it is also the biggest. The school has an enrollment of more than 32,000 students and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1. Students can choose between greater than 100 academic programs. The Department of Communication offers a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Communication.

The B.S. and B.A. programs require a total of 122 credits. Students may choose 1 of 3 tracks for the bachelor's program, including strategic communication, journalism and communication studies. Some electives that are available for all track options include media and diversity, research and international communication.

The master's degrees require at least 30 hours for completion. The main difference between the 2 master's choices is that the M.A. has a language requirement. Master's-level students may choose between a thesis, non-thesis or project option. The thesis option demands at least 24 credits of coursework, while the non-thesis option calls for 33 credits of classes, in addition to a comprehensive exam. The project option consists of a minimum of 27 credits of coursework. The master's program takes about 2 years on average to finish, but students are given a total of 4 years if necessary.

The Ph.D. in communication requires 42 credits past the master's degree. The Ph.D. requirements can all be met within as little as 3 years, but students should expect a greater duration. Some Ph.D.-level course topics include environmental communication, research methods and argumentation.

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