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Master of Arts in Communication Studies California State University Northridge




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University standards for admission to graduate study will normally be a determining factor in granting a student classified status in the program. Any student who is admitted to the graduate program on a conditionally classified basis is required to meet all conditions for fully classified status by the end of the student’s first semester of enrollment in the graduate program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a master’s degree in the Communication Studies department will be able to:

  • Critically examine how communication affects the social construction of reality.
  • Define and discuss some basic tenets or theories of human communication from the perspective of one or more specific areas of the field (Rhetoric, Communication Theory, and Performance, Language and Cultural Studies).
  • Critically assess and analyze scholarly writing in the field.
  • Analyze and critically interpret/evaluate communication practices and research.
  • Analyze and critically evaluate the relationship between communication and culture.

Course options

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Full Time (33 units)

Tuition fees

USD $4,203 for seven or more units per semester plus USD $396 per unit for International student; given tuition fee may be subject to change in future


21 Jan, 22 Aug


Mike Curb College of Arts Media and Communication

Nordhoff Hall/Cypress Hall Bridge,

18111 Nordhoff Street,



91330, United States

Entry requirement for international students

An international master’s (or post-baccalaureate graduate) student has completed a post-secondary degree equal to a U.S. bachelor's degree. Eligible graduate students may apply for admission to a master's or doctoral degree program at CSUN. However, the department requires a 3.0 GPA for admission, which is higher than the University standard.

IELTS Academic - International English Language Test System: 6.5 or higher

PTE Academic - Pearson’s Test of English: 58 or higher

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language: Internet Based score: 79; Paper-based score: 550

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

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