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Communication Studies, B.A.

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La Mirada, CA, United States
The Communication Studies program at Biola University will teach you both the art and science of communication — growing in your practical skills to create and deliver messages as well as your knowledge of communication theory and research.
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Overview

The Communication Studies program at Biola University offers several key advantages:

  • The communication studies department is a recognized leader among Christian universities, with an unmatched number and variety of courses.
  • Biola has of the top forensics competition programs in the nation, with a history of more than 5,000 individual and team awards in debate competitions.
  • As a communication studies student, you’ll have an opportunity to join Lambda Pi Eta, a national honor society, and work on service learning projects such as an AIDS hospice program.
  • Biola’s location in Southern California — one of the world’s largest and most diverse metropolitan areas — is ideal for internships and job opportunities.

What Will I Study?

As a communication studies major, you will have a choice of three concentrations that will prepare you with skills to communicate clearly and creatively in service of Christ. In each area, your focus will be on developing strong interpersonal and group communication skills through drama, speech pathology and mass communication. 

Course highlights and interesting topics include:

  • Developing public speaking skills
  • Application of supportive conflict management skills
  • Quantitative and qualitative communication research
  • Introduction to argument and debate
  • Application of communication theories
  • Analysis of intercultural communication

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Methods of Communication Research
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Rhetorical Theories
  • Communication and Diversity

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    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:

    70

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 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

  • Complete and submit your official application for admission
  • Submit a non-refundable $45 application fee
  • Complete the required essay
  • Submit an official transcript
  • Submit your scores from the SAT or ACT 
  • The student must be an evangelical believer in the Christian faith (the applicant's statement of faith will be articulated in the personal essay section of the application).

Tuition Fee

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    43512 USD/year
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    43512 USD/year
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  • In-State

    43512 USD/year
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Living costs for La Mirada

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
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Funding

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