48 months
11283 USD/year
11283 USD/year
7773 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Explore the meanings people share through verbal and nonverbal messages in relationships, organizations and societies with the Communication Studies program at the University of South Dakota.

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At the Communication Studies program at the University of South Dakota , you will develop your speaking, listening, critical thinking, problem solving, research and technology-guided communication skills that will benefit every part of your life – personal relationships, professional opportunities and public leadership. This program encourages you to follow your curiosity and find answers to questions like, "How does social media shape our communication?" and, "How can I improve my relational skills and become a more effective communicator?" 

At USD you'll take dynamic classes, get involved in internships or undergraduate research, and join a community of lifelong learners. Whether you want to pursue a career in government, education, sales, marketing, human resources, politics or another field, our program can set you up for success.


At USD, you can pursue research opportunities as an undergraduate student. Our communication studies students are actively researching and presenting at local and national conferences exploring innovative areas of interest to them. Some of our recent graduates have crafted their degree plans around research areas like: 

  • Gender stereotypes in the media
  • Persuasive techniques in political advertising campaigns
  • Provider-patient interaction in health care
  • Sports and community identity
  • Organizational behavior in successful corporations

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Interpersonal Communication 
  • Communication Symbols & Society
  • Communication Research 
  • Theories of Communication 
  • Philosophy of Human Communication
  • Organizational Communication 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official high school (secondary school) transcript with grade point average equivalent to 2.6 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency by meeting one of the following.
  • Application Fee
  • Passport
  • Official Statement of Finances 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11283 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11283 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    11283 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11283 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    7773 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7773 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Vermillion

1024 - 1781 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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