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Master of Arts in Mass Communication California State University Northridge




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The graduate program in Mass Communication allows for development of individual professional skills to produce digital media content, and it also focuses on evaluation of media performance, using analytic and research techniques that culminate in a Thesis, Graduate Project or Comprehensive Examination.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students can identify and explain seminal works and key concepts in the field of mass communication with a focus on critical and cultural theories as applied to journalism.
  • Students can appraise and evaluate the practices of mass communication in society with a focus on economic structures, cultural practices and international connections as applied to the practice of journalism.
  • Students can create a plan for and conduct independent research about mass communication with an emphasis on journalism as either a research topic or through the reflective application of journalism.

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Full Time (30 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

Bachelor’s degree with a major or minor in Journalism, Cinema or Television Arts, or Communication. Professional experience in news media, public relations and similar fields can be accepted in lieu of a degree. Candidates with other majors who desire admission should consult with the graduate coordinator before applying.

GPA of 3.0 (“B”). Candidates with outstanding professional records may seek, with substantial justification, an exception to this condition.

Candidates with a GPA below 3.0 (“B”) for all undergraduate work may be admitted under special circumstances. Please consult with the department’s graduate coordinator.

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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