Communication Studies, M.A. | San José State University | San Jose, United States
24 months
7176 USD/year
7176 USD/year
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The Communication Studies MA program from San José State University is an interdisciplinary program offering students the opportunity to engage in theoretical inquiry and original research in a number of communication subfields. 


The Communication Studies MA program from San José State University is designed to accommodate recent graduates, working professionals, and aspiring doctoral students.

Our alumni continue on to doctoral programs, teaching at colleges and universities, and careers in a wide range of professions in Silicon Valley and beyond.

Graduates with Communication Studies from San José State University will be able to:

  • identify, explain and critique the major paradigms and theories that have shaped the field of communication, including their historical development and current trends.
  • articulate the ethical and social responsibilities in communicating with others in different social contexts (i.e. interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, mediated, and public).
  • interpret and critique research methods used in published communication research studies.
  • design and conduct scholarly research using one or more method of inquiry.
  • articulate in-depth understanding of conceptual foundations and research methods through advanced scholarly writing and oral communication.
  • design, facilitate, and evaluate applied communication activities (i.e. presentations, workshops, forums, training’s, group discussions, etc.) in professional contexts utilizing conceptual foundations and research methods.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Communication Methodologies 
  • Advanced Writing Workshop 
  • Interpersonal Communication 
  • Presentational Aesthetics 
  • Performance and Culture 
  • Organizational Communication 
  • Communication Criticism 
  • Philosophy of Communication 
  • Communication Theory: Critical and Interpretive 
  • Contemporary Communication
  • Intercultural Communication 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


35 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies or a related field, usually in the social sciences, humanities, or arts
  • Good academic standing at the last institution attended
  • English Language Proficiency Exam
  • International Coursework and Degrees
  • Submit U.S./Canada Transcripts
  • Submit Test Scores
  • Submit Declaration of Finance Form
  • Submit Bank Letter or Bank Statement
  • Submit Copy of Current Passport
  • Submit Copy of Current Visa
  • A 3.0 grade point average (B or better) is desired

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • Non-CA Resident tuition includes an additional $396 per unit.

Living costs for San Jose

1740 - 3150 USD /month
Living costs

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


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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