The M.A. program in Communication Studies at San José State University is grounded in the theoretical and ethical foundations of communication studies; the modes of inquiry employed by communication scholars; and the practical application of these concepts and methods in professional and scholarly contexts.

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Communication, your way.

We have faculty experts in a number of communication fields, including rhetoric, media studies, organizational communication, performance studies, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, health communication, environmental communication, and critical communication pedagogy. In addition to our seminar offerings, students may participate in our internship and study abroad programs, design independent studies, and pursue an optional MA thesis/project.

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Your degree, your pace

The 35-unit program can be completed with two years of full time study; students may also attend part time. The program is designed to accommodate recent graduates, working professionals, and aspiring doctoral students.

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Advance Your Career

Our alumni pursue careers in a range of fields: aspiring academics continue to doctoral programs, those with a passion for teaching pursue appointments at local community colleges, and many go on to careers in Silicon Valley or in the nonprofit sector.

Don't just learn—teach.

New and continuing students may gain experience teaching at the college level through our competitive Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA) program.

M.A. in Comm Studies

The Master of Arts in Communication Studies is an interdisciplinary program offering students the opportunity to engage in theoretical inquiry and original research in a number of communication subfields.

Advising & Forms

Your resource for all graduate forms & handouts in the COMM Graduate Program.

Program Requirements

Take a look at the specific breakdown of what the graduate Communication Studies Program requires, including our three options for culminating experience: a thesis, a project, or comprehensive exams.

Graduate Teaching Associate Program

Learn about our Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA) Program, and how you could be a professor of Communication Studies at San Jose State University.

Application Process

Ready to apply to the Comm Studies graduate program? Take a look at the step-by-step process of applying into the program, and what items you may need to prepare.


Frequently asked questions in regards to the Communication Studies Program, Advising, Graduation, and other course-related topics.

Learning Outcomes

Discover the learning outcomes of the Comm Studies program and what we strive to teach as communication educators.

Graduate Faculty

Browse through the graduate faculty and view the rich, versatile research areas offered across the entire department.