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Communication Systems

Northwestern University

48 months
56286 USD/year
56286 USD/year
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The Communication Systems program of Northwestern University majors in theoretical focus of communication studies with the practical skills of information technology, resulting in a program that prepares students to perform on the cutting edge of modern media systems. 


The Communication Systems program of Northwestern University is flexible, emphasizing the interdisciplinary study and project work that are critical in a rapidly-changing field. With a communications systems background, students can enter the dynamic fields of the information industry, media and communication, management, public policy, and a variety of other corporate and non-profit areas.

Because many courses in the major are taught by working professionals, communication systems students gain both a theoretical foundation in communication studies and technology and learn practical strategies for applying that knowledge in the workplace. The technology challenges facing organizations are nearly always intertwined with communication needs. Individuals with a combination of communication expertise with proficiency with technology are invaluable in almost any professional environment.

Graduates will be prepared to: 

  • Design and present effective messages, tailored to the needs of an audience
  • Analyze theories of organizational communication and employ rhetorical strategies
  • Demonstrate communication skills needed to effectively work with others individually and in group settings
  • Demonstrate effective leadership skills, utilizing group processes and communication networking in organizations
  • Develop foundational knowledge of technology and information systems
  • Analyze and solve organizational problem by appropriate uses of technology and communication strategies

Career paths

The communication systems major provides students with effective interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, ethical and media-savvy communication expertise, as well as the practical skills of information technology crucial for work in a broad range of fields related to technology, media and communication.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Public Speaking
  • Theories of Persuasion
  • Theories of Argumentation
  • Leadership and Decision Making
  • Mediated Communication
  • Interpersonal Conflict and Urban Change

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed online application
  • A statement of purpose
  • $50 application fee (nonrefundable)
  • Official high school transcripts and conferred date of completion (or GED report)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities
  • A current resume or CV
  • Documentation of English Proficiency for students whose first language is not English

Tuition Fee

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    56286 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 56286 USD per year during 48 months.


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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