• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration

About

Communication students from Grand Valley State University will enhance their professional effectiveness and their leadership skills, and they will find it beneficial to their career development.

Why Study Communications At Grand Valley?

  • The program is designed with working professionals in mind. Courses are scheduled during evening hours and offered at Grand Valley's Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.
  • Taken part time, the program can be completed in 2-3 years, with assistantships available on a competitive basis.
  • The program has many ties with business, community, and cultural organizations, and has contacts with experts in a variety of areas in communications. These contacts serve as outstanding resources both within the classroom as well as for internships.

Career Options

The program is designed to enhance effectiveness and leadership skills central to various applications of professional communication, such as:

  • Advertising
  • Broadcasting
  • Communication research
  • Health communication
  • Integrated communications
  • Journalism
  • Promotions
  • Public relations

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Systems Theory and Communication 
  • Secondary Information and Analysis 
  • Empirical Methods in Communication 
  • Ethics in Professional Communication 
  • Emerging Telecommunication Technologies 
  • Communication Law 
  • Communication Management and Cases 
  • Master's Thesis/Project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description
      Taken part time, the program can be completed in 2-3 years
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 credits of undergraduate work.
  • Applicants with less than a 3.0 may meet alternate admissions criteria such as professional work experience, personal interview, or academic success in specified courses.
  • Background coursework in communication theory and research methods advisable.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A telecommunications interview with a representative from the School of Communications.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    651 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 651 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    651 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 651 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Allendale

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the foundation we use to determine your eligibility for federal, state and institutional programs. The (FAFSA) is an application that collects household and financial information for the student and the student's parents/family. You will need an FSA ID to submit the FAFSA.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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