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Communication Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, CA,
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. 



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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    45 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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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  • Minimum required score:


    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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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 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).

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.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
6.1 + units: $3,905.00

Living costs for Chico

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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



  • Wildcat Scholarship - The application is available online from Jan 2 to Feb 15 are awarded for the preceding academic year.
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