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Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Principal Fields for Specialization and Research:

Graduate students are encouraged to design individually tailored programs of study to meet their career goals. Courses are offered through both the Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Contemporary Media and Journalism.

Required Test for Admission:

GRE or other graduate entrance exam.

Required Supplemental Application Materials:
  • 15 credit hours of Communication Studies/related discipline coursework
  • 2-4 page personal statement
Application Deadline:

Students may enter the program in the Fall or Spring semester.  Applications are reviewed year-round. 

The priority deadline for Fall and Fall graduate assistantships is March 15th.

The priority deadline for Spring and Spring graduate assistantships is November 15th.

Department Contact Information:

University of South Dakota
Communication Studies Department
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD  57069
Phone: 605-677-5476
Fax: 605-677-8876

Program website


Program Director:

Carolyn Prentice (

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For additional information about the Communication programs offered at USD, Request More Information or contact the Graduate School at or 1-800-233-7937.