Communication Studies

California State University Chico

24 months
2699 USD/module
2699 USD/module
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Students in this Communication Studies program at California State University Chico complete 45 units of study: 30 units of core classes and 15 units in either the Organizational Communication option or the Communication and Public Affairs option. 

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Internships play an important role in the Communication Studies major. 

Every student completes the internship course for upper-division credit as part of the degree requirements. The internship offers students the critical opportunity to apply their learning outside of the classroom by working in a non-academic setting, gain feedback, while building excellent experience to better prepare them post-graduation life. Internships completed by Communication Studies majors take place in a variety of settings, such as private business, start-ups, non-profits, public institutions, and in non-government organizations, across a wide variety of professions. Internship opportunities are available throughout California, the U.S., and around the world so we offer our internship in the summer, ensuring students can earn their internship credit wherever they chose.

Communication Activities

The Communication Studies program has three student led clubs. The names of these clubs are as follows: Students of Communication Studies (SOCS), Lambda Pi Eta (LPE), which is the national honor society for Communication Studies, and Pi Kappa Delta (PKD) the oldest national collegiate forensic organization in the United States. Club activity has included career fair preparation events hosted with the Career Center, mixer events hosted by employers explicitly interested in Communication Studies majors, as well as community building events to support students with advising, studying, and relaxation assistance.

Career Opportunities

These are just a few of the career opportunities students will have with a CMST degree:

  • Associate Business Analyst 
  • Career Development Specialist 
  • Community Affairs/Program Coordinator 
  • Consulting Firm Associate 
  • Convention Services Director 
  • Corporate Communications Director 
  • Corporate Trainer 
  • Debate/Speech Coach 
  • Event Planner 

Programme Structure

Courses included: 

  • speech communication fundamentals, 
  • small group communication, 
  • foundations of interpersonal communication,
  • introduction to communication studies, 
  • communication scholarship, 
  • communication research,
  • intercultural communication theories and practice, 
  • foundations of rhetorical communication theories and practices, 
  • introduction to organizational communication, and an internship.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
2.75 (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Must have completed a 4-year university degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree.  Equivalencies will be determined by the International Graduate Admission Evaluator.
  • Must have an undergraduate (bachelor's degree level) grade point average of at least 2.75 in the last 60 semester units and at least 3.0 in the last 30 units of course work completed. A lower grade point average may be considered based on overall qualifications. The grading system in the U.S. Educational System is on a four-point scale:
    • 0 = Failing Grade
    • 1.0 = Below Average
    • 2.0 = Average or Good
    • 3.0 = Above Average or Very Good
    • 4.0 = Excellent
  • Must have English Proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2699 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2699 USD per module and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    2699 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2699 USD per module and a duration of 24 months.

6.1 + units: $3,905.00



  • Wildcat Scholarship - The application is available online from Jan 2 to Feb 15 are awarded for the preceding academic year.
  • Departmental - Check with your major department major every semester for scholarship applications and deadlines. - Review resources and search engines provided on our external page - Search online, check with local businesses, schools and or other organizations
  • External - There are excellent privately funded scholarships available to students. Some resource and search engine is provided on our site.

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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Communication Studies
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