12 months
654 USD/credit 23544 USD/year
654 USD/credit 23544 USD/year
340 USD/credit 12240 USD/year
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The Communication Studies program at University of South Dakota focuses on close faculty mentoring, a broad range of communication knowledge and skills and personalized growth toward each student’s goals.

Visit the official programme website for more information


Key Features

Students who have completed our program are prepared for leadership positions in a variety of fields, including:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Media
  • Politics
  • Social and human services
  • Health
  • Arts and entertainment
  • Public administration
  • Technology
  • Public relations
  • Advertising
  • Human resource development

The Communication Studies program at University of South Dakota also prepares students for doctoral study and for teaching at the secondary and post-secondary levels. After completing foundational courses in research and theory, you will build on your interests and goals by selecting courses from the Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Media and Journalism, as well as related departments throughout the university.

Some of our recent graduates have crafted their degree programs around:

  • Communication in cross-cultural adaptation
  • Gender stereotypes in media
  • Persuasive techniques in political campaigns
  • Provider-patient interaction in health care
  • Sports and community identity

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graduate Study
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research In Communication Studies
  • Thesis Research In Communication Studies
  • Mass Communication Ethics
  • Rhetorical Theory And Criticism

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application Fee: $35.00 U.S.D. The application fee cannot be waived and is nonrefundable.
  • Official Transcripts: If transcripts are not originally provided by the institution in the English language, the indigenous language transcript should be submitted along with an English translation. The full English translation must include a certification from the translator verifying that the translation is complete and accurate and that they are qualified to translate the language to English.
  • Official Admission Test Scores: If test scores are required by a graduate program, students may upload a copy of their score report to their GradCAS application. Full admission will require that an official score report is sent to USD directly from the testing body.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Letters must be submitted directly by the recommenders through GradCAS.
  • Statement of Purpose: Refer to program admission requirements for details.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23544 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    23544 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12240 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 340 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Vermillion

1024 - 1781 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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