M.A. On Campus

Communication Studies

California State University Sacramento

12 months
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A Master's degree in Communication Studies at the California State University Sacramento can lead to doctoral or other professional education, or to advanced positions in business, public service, or government.


The graduate program in Communication Studies at the California State University Sacramento is guided by two interrelated goals. First, that each student has the opportunity to study and conduct original communication research consistent with individual interests and abilities. Second, each student develop and follow a coherent, rigorous plan of study within the field of communication. 


  • Accordingly, a structured advising procedure has been established in the Department to help accomplish these two goals. 
  • As an integral part of a plan of study, each student will designate a series of courses to be completed for their degree with the assistance of their advisor and the approval of the Graduate Committee. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Qualitative Research Methods in Communication Studies
  • Communication Theory
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Communication Studies
  • Seminar In Criticism
  • Systems and Theories of Rhetoric
  • Content Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a 3.0 overall GPA or 3.25 GPA in the last 60 units completed;
  • a grade "B-" or better 
  • a clearly written statement of purpose for pursuing this particular MA degree. This statement is part of the application to the graduate program and should explain the applicant's career and academic goals, specifying how the program will help to accomplish these goals, and explaining the applicant's motivation for pursuing those goals;
  • a clearly written personal statement reflecting why the applicant wishes to pursue graduate education and how they have prepared, as well as any personal contextual factors that would help the graduate committee assess the application package;
  • three letters of recommendation indicating the applicant's abilities and potential for completing graduate work successfully. 

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Sacramento

1190 - 1765 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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