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Communication Studies

California State University Chico

60 months
15444 USD/year
15444 USD/year
9108 USD/year
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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. 



Every Communication Studies 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 at California State University Chico 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


  • Part-time
    • 60 months

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45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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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

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  • International

    15444 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 15444 USD per year during 60 months.
  • National

    15444 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15444 USD per year during 60 months.
  • In-State

    9108 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9108 USD per year during 60 months.

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.


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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