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Communication and Media Studies

South Dakota State University

24 months
654 USD/credit 9810 USD/year
654 USD/credit 9810 USD/year
340 USD/credit 5100 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in Communication and Media Studies course at South Dakota State University is a broad-based graduate degree for students with an undergraduate degree in communication studies, media studies, or related areas. 

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Coursework emphasizes the intersections of academic and professional approaches to understanding, creating, and evaluating messages across contexts. 

Core coursework covers the foundations of the communication and media studies disciplines (including relevant theories and methods), explores cross-platform communication, and offers applied coursework in areas such as professional communication, media law, and instructional communication.

This Communication and Media Studies course at South Dakota State University  will be a good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies, Media Studies, Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing, or related program
  • Are looking for professional and academic training
  • Are curious about why and how communication influences people
  • Have an interest in new media
  • Have strong communication and leadership skills

Career Opportunities

  • Careers in Higher Education (teaching, advising, recruitment)
  • Health Communication Specialist
  • Social Media Director
  • Publi Relations
  • Advertising
  • Human Resources

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Cross-Platform Storytelling 
  • Cross-Platform Campaigns 
  • Media Law Case Studies
  • Professional Communication
  • Instructional Communication
  • Theories of Communication and Media 
  • Research in Communication and Media

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • International students are encouraged to apply several weeks prior to posted deadlines or the start of the semester to ensure all required documents are received.


30 alternative credits

30-32 credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 to receive unconditional admission. 
  • A professional academic transcript evaluation for degrees earned outside the United States(This requirement cannot be waived unless your highest degree was earned or will be earned in the U.S. prior to enrollment at SDSU).
    • If you are completing your bachelor's degree at the time of application, you may submit an incomplete evaluation. If you are accepted, a complete transcript and/or evaluation with completed degree will be required by the end of your first semester of coursework.
  • Official U.S. transcripts where a degree is earned (or will be earned), and official U.S. transcripts where graduate level coursework has been taken.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9810 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    9810 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    5100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 340 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • Online tuition fees: $470.45 per credit

Living costs for Brookings

1085 - 1888 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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