About Our Program

The Department of Communication Studies offers a competitive M.A. graduate program in Communication Studies.

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General Information

For the COMM track, students must complete 47 units. The COMM track requires four core classes with capstone options including thesis, project, or the comprehensive exam.

The program only accepts students for the Fall term, which begins in the third week of September. For admission for Fall 2019, completed applications received by February 28, 2019, will receive first priority, while applications received between February 28 and May 15, 2019, will receive second priority. No application received after May 15, 2019 will be reviewed.

Your file is not complete until the Admissions Office has received and processed your file. Once they do so, they will advance the material to the Graduate Program and the Graduate Coordinator will join it with your additional materials. Once steps one and two noted below are fulfilled, your file is then considered complete.

Our program caters to students who are working full time; therefore, our classes are primarily offered at night. Typically, they are Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday 6:00-8:00 or 8:00-10:00 p.m. Occasionally, we offer a four-hour class one night a week 6:00-10:00. Full time graduate status is two classes per quarter. Rarely do we offer summer graduate classes. We do not offer an online program. The program is designed for completion in two years once students achieve classified status; however, students may take up to seven years to complete the degree.

In the past, the Department of Communication Studies offered two graduate studies tracks; communication studies (CS) and integrated marketing communication (IMC). However, effective Fall of 2017, the department stopped the IMC admission. We now offer only one track: Master of Arts in Communication Studies.  Within this offering, there is a great deal of opportunity for students to pursue their respective interests and fields of study. 


To be considered for the program, applicants must have:

  1. a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall or in the last 90 quarter units. (In exceptional cases, students with a GPA below 3.0 will be considered. Please contact the graduate coordinator.)
  2. a completed application
  3. international students must have a minimum TOEFL score of 89/230/575.

All students are not advanced to classified status until they have met the required 12 units of Communication and any pre-requisites.

Application Process

The application process is two-fold:

  1. Apply to the Graduate School by completing an online application through the university admissions office, submit all official transcripts, and pay the university application fee. For international students: submit TOEFL exam score, and financial statement. These materials must be sent directly to the University Admissions Office.
  2. Please refer to Cal State Apply (https://www2.calstate.edu/apply ) for questions about the application process, fees, financial aid, etc. Apply to the Graduate Program by submitting three letters of recommendation (two from professors) and a one-page personal statement. The letters should attest to your academic aptitude, be on letterhead, signed, and be within one-year-old. The personal statement should explain how this program is suited for your professional future and interests. The material can be sent one at a time or collected and sent all at once.

These materials should be sent to: 

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Communication Studies
California State University, San Bernardino 
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407-2397

If you have any questions about our graduate program, please contact the Graduate Coordinator Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb at amuhtase@csusb.edu.