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Communication Studies (Public Relations), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Sacramento, CA, United States
The Communication Studies (Public Relations) concentration at the California State University Sacramento, developed from the Commission on Public Relations Education recommendations, is designed to prepare students to assume professional entry level roles in the practice of public relations;
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Prior to acceptance as a Communication Studies (Public Relations) major at the California State University Sacramento, students must complete a pre-major consisting of all required lower division courses plus the upper division survey course (COMS 100A). Students must successfully complete each pre-major course with a grade of "C-" or better. Students with a Sacramento State grade point average of 2.3 or better may request early admission to the major.

Program Description

This concentration is designed to:

  • help students understand the integration of public relations and marketing;
  • prepare students to compose, develop, and analyze print and broadcast messages;
  • help students to develop demonstrable competencies in writing, analyzing, problem-solving, and critical thinking;
  • provide opportunities for testing public relations theory and practice, not only in the classroom, but in the field as well; and
  • develop relationships with local public relations professionals as well as with community organizations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Argumentation
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Media Communication and Society
  • News Writing
  • Survey of Communication Studies
  • Critical Analysis of Messages 

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

General Requirements


  • A copy of your unofficial transcripts
  • Test scores (SAT, ACT, AP or IB), any updated test results, and any future test dates
  • Applicant's citizenship status
  • A method of payment (can be paid by credit card)
  • The annual income of applicant's parents’ if they are a dependent; your income if you are independent


  • International students requiring F-1 or J-1 visas to study at Sacramento State must file the Cal State Apply online international application.
  • Undergraduate applicants with foreign academic work are required to submit official copies of academic records from their school, college, or university in officially sealed envelopes, along with a certified English translation.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2061 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2061 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1665 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1665 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Sacramento

  • 1190 - 1770 USD/month
    Living Costs

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