Master of Arts in Communication Studies
The Communication Studies Department offers a Masters of Arts degree in Communication Studies. Our program provides students with advanced instruction in the major theories and research methods in the academic discipline of communication. Our graduates typically go on to doctoral programs or become communication instructors at the community college level. We provide students with a broad foundation in the discipline of communication. As such, we do not offer areas of specialty, but students can take a variety of elective courses. To learn more about the program, see the University Catalog and List of Graduate Faculty.
Applications for Fall 2015 are due on February 15, 2015. We do not accept admissions for the Spring semester or consider late applications.
Applicants must complete a University Application using CSU Mentor AND a Department Application by the March 15th deadline.
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year college or university posted by the start of the Fall semester. The bachelor’s degree does not need to be in the field of communication. However, students with degrees in other areas may be asked to take several prerequisite courses.
2. For international students, TOEFL scores of 80 (internet based version) or 550 (paper version). For more information on international admissions, visit International Admissions.
3. Good fit with the department goals and faculty.
4. A minimum GPA of 3.0.
5. GRE scores of 292 with at least 146 verbal and 146 quantitative. If you took the GRE before 8/1/11, you need a combined score 900 with no less than 400 verbal and 400 quantitative.
Each semester we offer required courses and two or three electives. For more information about courses, see the Course Descriptions in the University catalog.
531. Administering for the Forensic Program
541. Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
546. Communication Theory and Research I
590A. Theory and Criticism of Presidential Rhetoric
610. Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
611. Seminar in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
614. Gender and Family Research
620. Seminar in Organizational Communication
630. Seminar Intercultural Communication
633. Seminar in Interpretive Communication
634. Performance and Ethnography
635. Seminar in Communication Criticism
636. Seminar in American Public Communication
637. Seminar in International Public Address
639. Seminar in Communication and Popular Culture
640. Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
646. Communication Theory and Research II
648. Seminar in Language and Behavior
649. Seminar in Persuasion and Attitude Change
650. Seminar in Instructional Communication
The program is 30 units. Most students finish in 2 years by taking 2 or 3 courses per semester. If you complete the program in 2 years, the TOTAL tuition and fees for in-state students is $12,604 and for non-residents is $23,764. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice, but typically go up no more than 10% at a time. To understand how this breaks down into a cost per semester, please see the tuition schedule for the University here: http://www.csulb.edu/depts/enrollment/registration/fees_basics.html.
We offer teaching assistantships (TA) that pay a stipend of up to $1200 per month. TAs perform a combination of duties, including assisting professors with large lecture courses, leading workshop sections, assisting with department programs such as the Hauth Center, interACT, or Speech and Debate, and, if qualified, teaching sections of introductory courses. A TA position provides a monthly stipend, but not a waiver for tuition or fees.
Frequently Asked Questions:
See our Masters FAQ for any other questions you may have.
If you have questions about the program or the admission process, please contact the graduate advisor, Dr. Amy Heyse, email@example.com