Graduate Program


Option in Communication

The Master of Arts degree program in Communication Studies, option in Communication is designed to enable students to acquire an understanding of research methods and theories that explore the nature and functions of human symbolic communication in the areas of communication and rhetorical theory, interpersonal and organizational communication, strategic communication, public discourse, intercultural communication, and performance studies. The program requires that students select and develop an area of specialization.

Students have the unique opportunity to choose elective courses, with advisor approval. This enables students to pursue intellectual inquiries that interest them while gaining a broader understanding of the communication process.

To read more about the Communication Studies MA Program, please see this interview by Communication Studies Professor, Dr. Rob DeChaine.


In applying to the Graduate Program in Communication Studies, please remember that you must complete two applications: One to the university and one to the department (see links below). The university determines if you have met the minimum criteria. The Communication Studies Department decides if we would like you in our program. Please ensure both applications are submitted to the appropriate areas. If you are interested in being a GA or TA please make sure to fill out the GA and/or TA part of the Department application.

The FALL 2019 University Application deadline is February 15, 2019.

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The FALL 2019 Graduate Program Application deadline is February 15, 2019.

Click here for the Fall 2019 Graduate Program Application Form (plus TA and GA application) (PDF)

Please mail your complete application to:
Department of Communication Studies -  ATTN: COMM MA

California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8111


In addition to University requirements for admission to graduate study, students must have a 3.00 grade point average in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter) of your undergraduate work. Applicants must submit the completed departmental application together with official transcripts of all previous college work, a copy of their TOEFL score if applicable, a writing sample, a statement of purpose, and a minimum of two letters of recommendation by persons qualified to assess the applicant’s academic work directly to the Department of Communication Studies. Only complete application files with all required supporting materials will be reviewed by the department and assessed for admission.

Students applying to the MA program and whose undergraduate major was not Speech or Communication Studies may be admitted to the degree program in conditionally classified standing. Prior to beginning graduate work, conditionally classified students must achieve a minimum B grade in every course of a conditional study plan of up to 20 units of undergraduate work in Communication and related fields, as approved by the graduate advisor for their program. The graduate advisor will assist students in designing a classified study plan suited to their individual interests and goals.

Once accepted, a formal conference with an adviser is required to design a master's degree program suited to individual interests and goals.


Degree Program Plan (PDF)
Graduate courses in Communication Studies (PDF)
Graduate Student Handbook

Program Learning Outcomes for MA in Communication Studies

Please see the University Catalog for more information.