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Students holding a baccalaureate degree from a recognized university or college must fulfill the following requirements for consideration into the Master’s program:

  • Students must have adequate study in mass communication or speech communication and show potential to undertake advanced study and research as evidenced by academic performance and experience. In speech communication, this means students must have completed work in persuasion or rhetoric, small group theory or interpersonal communication theory, and a performance-based study. In mass communication, this means course work in journalism, media production, and mass media history and theory.
  • Undergraduate G.P.A. must be at least 3.25 or equivalent.
  • The application must include scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). If you do not meet the minimum requirements, but demonstrate potential for successful graduate study, you may be admitted as a provisional or conditional student. Students who demonstrate ability to succeed in graduate study may apply for full graduate standing after no more than 12 credits of work have been completed.

  • The department sets no application deadline, but usually several weeks are required to process applications. Transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and for international applicants, TOEFL test results are required. The department's TOEFL score minimum must total at least 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.

How to Enroll

To enroll in graduate courses, students must be accepted by the Graduate School at NDSU. For more information, consult the NDSU Graduate School's website or write/call:

Office of Graduate Studies
North Dakota State University
P.O. Box 5790
Fargo, ND 58105-5790
(701) 231-7033

Once accepted by the Graduate School, students enroll in online courses through the NDSU Division of Continuing Education.

For more information on the Communication Master’s program, contact:

Dr. Stephenson Beck
Director of Graduate Studies for the Master's Program
Department of Communication
North Dakota State University
Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Tel: (701) 231-9770

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Department of Communication
Phone: (701) 231-7705 • Fax: (701) 231-7784
Physical Address: Minard 338 • N. University Dr. & Centennial Blvd. • Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing Address: Department #2310 • P.O. Box 6050 • Fargo, ND 58108

Last Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2015 9:27:56 AM