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Accelerated 4+1 Bachelor's in Communication/Master's Degree in Applied Communication Theory and Methodology Cleveland State University


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Course info


This accelerated program enables students to earn both a Bachelor's in Communication and a Master's degree in Applied Communication Theory and Methodology in 5 years. The program allows a School of Communication student to take up to 12 credit hours of designated COM graduate courses and count these courses both toward the Bachelor's and the Master's degrees in COM. High performing undergraduate students may apply for this 5-year program as early as the end of their sophomore year. Students must apply before the spring semester of their third (junior) year of undergraduate study and, if accepted, start COM graduate coursework during their fourth (senior) year. Students may then complete all remaining COM graduate coursework in one year of full-time graduate study.



COM 501 - Pro Seminar In Communication
COM 512 - Communication Research Methods


Two of the following required:

COM 610 - Organizational Communication Theory
COM 640 - Persuasive Communication


Two of the following required:

COM 631 - Multivariate Statistical Methods
COM 634 - Qualitative Research Methods


Four of the following required:

Note: Any course not counted towards a theory or research methods requirement may also be counted as an elective.

COM 548 - Managing Organizational Teams
COM 555 - Communication Campaigns
COM 564 - Media Metrics & Analytics
COM 595 - Special Topics in Communication Theory & Methodology
COM 645 - Strategic Messaging and Communication
COM 660 - Strategic Communication


COM 689 - Collaborative Research Project
COM 698 - Research Project

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Accelerated 4+1 Bachelor's in Communication/Master's Degree in Applied Communication Theory and Methodology.

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees

$16,904.00 (12,66,744) per year

USD $16,904 for bachelor’s degree; USD $20,766 for master’s degree




College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

2121 Euclid Avenue,

RT 1822,



44115, United States

Entry requirement for international students

A student is eligible to apply for the accelerated program if the following conditions are satisfied:

The student has been accepted as a COM major and:

The student has completed at least 65 credit hours (at least 16 hours in COM and at least 30 credit hours earned at CSU);
The student has at least junior standing at CSU; and
The student has a cumulative grade-point average of 3.4 or better and a minimum average of 3.25 in COM courses. Students must maintain a 3.25 to stay in the program.

In addition, students must apply to the accelerated COM program before the completion of 100 credit hours towards the undergraduate degree, including transfer credits. Typically, such applications should be made at the end of the junior year. Transfer students need to have taken at least 30 hours at CSU and to have a 3.4 GPA or better. Also, admission to the Accelerated COM program does not require completion of GRE or equivalent tests.

Meet minimum test score requirements:

TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based): 78 and at least 17 in each section

TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based): 550

IELTS: 6.0 and at least 5.0 in each section

PTE (Pearsons Test of English): 50

Application Deadlines: Fall Semester - July 21; Spring Semester - December 10

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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