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Master of Arts in Mass Communication




What will I learn?

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.

Which department am I in?

Mike Curb College of Arts Media and Communication

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$8,498.00 per year
Tuition and other fees: USD $4,249 for seven or more units per semester

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

21 January 2023


Mike Curb College of Arts Media and Communication

Nordhoff Hall/Cypress Hall Bridge,

18111 Nordhoff Street,



91330, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.

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

PTE Academic - Pearson’s Test of English: 58

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

iTEP Academic - International Test of English Proficiency: 4.0

DET – Duolingo English Test: 105

Application deadline for Fall term is May 31st , Spring term is Oct 31st.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About California State University Northridge

“As one of the best universities in California, CSUN gives students the academic background and practical experience to be skilled professionals.”

  • More than 130 degree programs offered
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