Graduate Programs


From working closely with faculty in small seminars.

Our program emphasizes communication that invites and embraces diversity. 


Master of Arts (M.A.)

The curriculum prepares students for leadership positions in a variety of fields - business, education, law, politics, social and human services, health care management, human resource development, public relations, advertising, marketing, media management, technology, media research, public administration, and the arts and entertainment. The program also prepares students for doctoral study, and for teaching at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

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Admission Requirements

Application requirements can be found at Graduate School Admission Requirements and include:

  1. Completed Graduate Application
    Apply Online
  2. $35 application fee
  3. One official transcript verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and previous graduate credit earned
  4. A minimum of 15 credit hours of undergraduate coursework in Communication Studies, Mass Communication, or a related discipline
  5. Three letters of recommendation
    Letter of Recommendation Form
  6. Statement of Purpose
  7. Official copy of GRE scores
  8. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Communication in the current graduate catalog.

Application Deadline

  • Priority: March 31

The Classroom & Beyond

  • USD students have landed national scholarships and fellowships including Truman, Fulbright and Goldwater.

  • Internships provide students with opportunities to gain professional-level media experience in real-world environments under the supervision of professional practitioners.

  • Opportunities in traditional and new media are available to students ranging from on-air radio experience at KAOR-FM to organizational memberships that will provide an edge in the job market after college.