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The Power of Choice

Design a program that fits your unique communication interests.

Our program emphasizes communication that invites and embraces diversity. 


Master of Arts (M.A.)

Students who have completed our program are prepared for leadership positions in a variety of fields, including:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Media
  • Politics
  • Social and human services
  • Health
  • Arts and entertainment
  • Public administration
  • Technology
  • Public relations
  • Advertising
  • Human resource development

The program also prepares students for doctoral study and for teaching at the secondary and post-secondary levels. After completing foundational courses in research and theory, you will build on your interests and goals by selecting courses from the Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Media and Journalism, as well as related departments throughout the university.

Some of our recent graduates have crafted their degree programs around:

  • Communication in cross-cultural adaptation
  • Gender stereotypes in media
  • Persuasive techniques in political campaigns
  • Provider-patient interaction in health care
  • Sports and community identity

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Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Communication in the current graduate catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements. For additional details about the graduate communication program, contact Graduate Admissions at 605-658-6200 or email

The Classroom & Beyond

  • University Seal

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

  • Internships

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

  • Media Opportunities

    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.