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Communication Studies, BS, BA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) Logan, OH, United States
The Communication Studies program at USU is designed to help students develop a broad range of communication skills and understanding of how communication affects individuals, organizations, and societies.
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This major is designed to :

  • Increase your communicative competence in both public and private settings.
  • Help you understand, explain, and transform communication messages in a variety of settings.
  • Improve your ability to carefully explore and think through communication related challenges and come up with effective solutions.
The Communication Studies major at Utah State emphasizes three thematic areas:
  • Students gain a solid education in organizational communication, which focuses on leadership development, management skills, and team building. Courses in this area equip students with the communication skills needed to succeed in businesses and organizations.
  • Students also learn the role of communication in becoming a better citizen in society. They learn about intercultural communication, how communication shapes the world, and how it shapes perceptions and behaviors.
  • The third area of focus is influence, where students learn how to become ethical persuaders, using language to be influential, credible, and likeable. Students learn to use these skills in an ethical way and, in turn, how to defend themselves against negative and unethical persuasion.

Students receive a BS by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Small Group Communication
  • Technical and Professional Communication  
  • Organizational Communication  
  • Communication and Conflict
  • Communication in Family Contexts
  • Communication and Leadership
  • Gender Research in Communication Studies
  • Culture and Public Discourse
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Advanced Perspectives in Global Communication
  • Organizations and Social Change
  • Communication, Social Justice and the Environment
  • Communication Education Theory

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 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

  • Application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • High school transcript or GED
  • Official ACT or SAT scores - may be waived for applicants 25 and older
  • Concurrent enrollment transcripts
  • Official transcripts showing class grades in all years of high school and university. English translations must be provided for transcripts in other languages and must be in the sealed envelope from the school.
  • Demonstrated English Proficiency
  • Proof of Financial Support (Affidavit of Financial Support & Bank Statement Copy)
  • Copy of Passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21606 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10803 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    20422 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10211 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6342 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3171 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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