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Communications, Mass Communications Research and Theory Concentration

California State University Fullerton

24 months
15457 USD/year
10764 USD/year
10764 USD/year
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The Communications, Mass Communications Research and Theory Concentration at California State University Fullerton is intended for students who ultimately wish to pursue a Ph.D. or teach at the community college level.


About this Degree

For more than 35 years, the department has been committed to linking education and the communication professions with the focus on graduate program quality and flexibility.

The Master of Arts (MA) degree is designed to provide advanced study in communications theory and research, and offers an opportunity to integrate all aspects of the profession into a single degree. Students select courses from advertising, entertainment and tourism, journalism and public relations for a truly interdisciplinary degree. We also offer students the option to incorporate a limited number of courses from other master's degree programs such as business, psychology and public administration.

The Communications, Mass Communications Research and Theory Concentration program at California State University Fullerton prepares the graduate to apply advanced communication concepts, research development skills, and theories relevant to the use of communications media for a wide variety of purposes. Such study may serve those whose careers involve the use of print,  electronic and online media to inform, instruct and persuade. Communications skills are highly applicable to a wide range of careers in business, industry, government, education, and the mass media.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Digital Reporting and Writing 
  • Writing for Broadcasting and Film 
  • Writing for the Advertising Industry 
  • Public Relations Writing
  • Mass Communication in Modern Society 
  • Editing and Design 
  • Principles of Advertising 
  • Principles of Public Relations

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

Students must meet the CSU requirements for admission to a master’s degree program. Please consult the Graduate Admissions section in this catalog for complete information. In addition, applicants must have earned a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and minimum GRE score of 153 on the verbal portion. If the preparatory work was in a language other than English, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper) or 80 (Internet) is also required. The following courses or their equivalents must be completed before undertaking graduate courses:.

  • Communications writing (COMM 201, COMM 301, COMM 351 or COMM 362)
  • Introductory course in communications or area of specialty (COMM 233, COMM 332, COMM 350 or COMM 361)
  • COMM 410 - Principles of Communication Research (3) 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15457 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15457 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    10764 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10764 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    10764 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10764 USD per year during 24 months.
  • If you are not a resident of California, you must add $396.00 per units enrolled to your registration and tuition fees in addition

Living costs for Fullerton

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.


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