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Mass Communications, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
, CA,
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications offers a Master of Science degree designed to help public relations, advertising and journalism professionals expand their knowledge and develop research and multimedia skills needed for leadership positions in their respective fields.

About

Our state-of-the-art approach to teaching multimedia communication – which emphasizes cross-platform storytelling – attracts students and support worldwide. Silicon Valley firms and top national and local businesses seek our graduates, recognizing our reputation for excellence in multimedia and strategic communication education.

The programme

Our program offers a research track leading to a thesis, and a professional track leading to a multimedia or strategic communication project. Courses in both tracks are taught mostly in the evening to accommodate students holding daytime jobs. The Graduate School of San Jose State University administers the application process for all SJSU graduate programs.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • MEDIA AND SOCIAL ISSUES 
  • NEW MEDIA VISIONARIES
  • COMMUNICATION LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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:

    61

    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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  • Minimum required score:

    500

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  • Minimum required score:

    44

    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. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 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

  • U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, or the completion of a 4-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited, and approved institution from a country outside of the U.S.
  • A 2.5 GPA (from the 0.0-4.0 U.S. grading scale) in the last degree completed, or a 2.5 GPA in the last two years of full time study. Please note that individual program requirements may have a higher GPA requirement.
  • Good academic standing at the last institution attended.
  • English Language Proficiency Exam, if necessary (see Step 5 for requirements).  
For more information please visit the program website.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2082 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2082 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    2082 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2082 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for San Jose

  • 1740 - 3150 USD/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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