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College of Communication Boston University

  • Boston, MA
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 73%27%
    student ratio
  • 298
    total students
  • $43,970 | $43,970
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


BU's College of Communication Offers Journalism, Film, TV, Mass Communication, Advertising, Public Relations Programs

Boston University's College of Communication offers programs in three major graduate divisions: Journalism; Film and Television; and Mass Communication, Advertising, and Public Relations. Programs in all three areas emphasize strong written and oral communications, as well as a solid grounding in the foundations of the liberal arts.

Students in the College of Communication programs gain proficiency in the skills critical for success through a combination of class work, guided research, and professional training. Academic resources are available to help prepare students in the program for careers in advertising, journalism, film, television, mass communication, and public relations.

Hands-on experience is an important part of communications training, which is why students in the College of Communication all have a chance to gain real-life experience by working on actual projects. Three on-campus communication and production agencies; AdLab, PRLab and Hot House Production are run by students, offering PR, advertising and film graduate students a chance to experience being a professional working for actual clients.

Many students take advantage of the London, Sydney, or Los Angeles Internship Programs to spend a semester studying and working in their particular field. Journalism students enjoy the benefits of the Washington Journalism Center, offering students the chance to spend a semester reporting and studying in Washington D.C. where political news is constantly breaking. Other journalism students prefer the Boston State House Program, which gives students the opportunity to work as correspondents for leading Massachusetts' daily news outlets.

Regardless of what major a student eventually chooses, the programs at BU's College of Communication offer a variety of internship programs. All graduates will have gained valuable real-life experience in journalism, film and television, multimedia and mass communications, or advertising, preparing them for the realities of the modern workplace.

Master of Science degree programs are available in the major fields of advertising, broadcast journalism, business and economics journalism, journalism, mass communication, public relations, science journalism, television, and media ventures. A Master of Fine Arts is offered in the areas of film production, film studies, and screenwriting. The college also offers the following dual-degree programs: J.D./M.S. in mass communication and M.B.A./M.S. in media ventures, or a joint degree in international relations and communications.

Boston University College of Communication Provides a Well-Equipped Communication Research Center for Student Use

Boston University's College of Communication is considered to be one of the best places in the country for academic research in mass communication. Graduate training focuses heavily on applied research, making sure that students learn by doing. The applied communications research program trains graduate students in research methodology and quantitative and qualitative techniques for solving research problems, allowing students to efficiently analyze issues, reach meaningful conclusions, and make pointed recommendations that can be acted upon.

The College of Communication provides opportunities for students to participate actively in ongoing research projects, both through part-time work and through assistantships in the Communication Research Center. The CRC specializes in both traditional academic research and in applied research consulting, allowing students to work on projects that have some academic merit while also gaining valuable real-life experience.

The CRC is well equipped, including: a city room with an Associated Press wire service drop and a copy desk; VDTs; photo labs with fully equipped digital darkrooms; Ezratti HD Lab, recording, and broadcast facilities; Final Cut Studio; AVID editing suites; a closed-circuit TV center; complete film facilities; seminar rooms; and a reading room.

The College of Communication also boasts several computer labs and a state-of-the-art multimedia lab with both PCs and Macs, and the Mugar Library has a substantial communication collection, ensuring that students have plenty of places to research.

BU's College of Communication is also home to the Public Relations Journal (PRJ) and the American Journal of Media Psychology (AJMP). The PRJ is a scholarly journal that brings knowledge from the educational community to the professional community, edited by Public Relations Professor Dr. Donald K. Wright. The AJMP is a scientific journal that publishes theoretical and empirical papers that advance an understanding of media effects and processes on individuals in society, and is edited by Dr. Michael G. Elasmar, Associate Professor of Communication.

These two publications ensure that important student research can quickly be shared with the larger academic and professional community.

Boston University College of Communication Faculty Are Professionals Successful in Their Fields As Well As Professors

Boston University College of Communication faculty members include professors who not only teach, but have also achieved success in their respective fields.

Paul Schneider, chair of the Department of Film and Television, has been a director and producer of television, film, and theater. He has directed more than 30 television movies and numerous episodes of television shows, from "JAG" to "Beverly Hills 90210."

William McKeen, chair of the Department of Journalism, has numerous journal articles and books published, including his latest "Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson."

T. Barton Carter, chair of the Department of Mass Communication, Advertising, and Public Relations, is the co-author of three textbooks and a practicing attorney specializing in communications law.

Location & Contact

College of Communication

Boston University

640 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
United States

Thomas Fiedler


Phone: 617-353-3450
Fax: 617-358-0399

Manny Dotel

Administrator of Graduate Services

Phone: 617-353-3481

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Communication Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Science (JD/MS)
      Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Business Administration/Master of Science (MBA/MS)
      Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 167
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


52% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 921
    • Accepted 486
    • Acceptance Rate 52
    • Enrolled 175
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $80
    • Application Fee - International $80
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 1st February 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, transcripts, essays, and 3 letters of recommendation, resume
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, transcripts, essays, and 3 letters of recommendation, resume
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$43,970
    • Out-of-state tuition *$43,970
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students298
    • Female Percentage73%
    • Male Percentage27%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students298
    • Part-time Percentage11%
    • Full-time Percentage89%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino2%
    • Black / African American7%
    • White / Caucasian77%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown8%





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