Program Special Features

The department offers a structured training program for teaching associates. The program helps graduate students develop the skills necessary to become college teachers in Communicative Disorders. Applicants interested in teaching should send a separate letter of application to the graduate advisor. Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s potential as a college instructor should be sent directly to the graduate advisor.

The department supports a nationally recognized forensics program that emphasizes National Debate Tournament and individual events. Opportunities are available for graduate students to assist with coaching forensics. Applicants interested in working with the forensics program should indicate this in their letters applying for a teaching position that they send to the department chair.

The department maintains the Andersen Research Library which contains all of the major journals in the field. The Research Center also contains specialized research resources in the areas of concentration offered in the Department of Human Communication Studies.

Admission Requirements

The Graduate Committee takes the following information into consideration in screening applications:

1. A background and/or course work completed in Communication Studies. Students with majors other than Communication Studies will be considered, but will be required to take up to nine units of theory-based undergraduate courses to prepare for the program.
2. A GPA of 3.0 or above in the last 60 units of course work is expected.
3. Three letters of recommendation (preferably on the Department's form) from people familiar with the applicant's academic abilities.
4. A letter from the applicant stating his or her professional interests, goals, and objectives in obtaining an M.A. degree in Communication Studies.
5. A scholarly writing sample.
6. International students’ TOEFL scores must be at least 550.

All material being sent to the Graduate Advisor should arrive within one month after the application deadlines

Application Procedures

Application for the M.A. in Communication Studies requires that certain forms be filed with the Office of Admissions and Records and that certain documents be filed with the Department. The Department cannot process applications until all documents are on file. The documents that must be filed include:

1. A formal application for admission must be filed with the Office of Admissions and Records (this is available on line).
2. One copy of official transcripts from all institutions which the applicant has attended must be filed with the Office of Admissions and Records.
3. Three letters of recommendation commenting on the student's academic ability should be sent directly to the Graduate Advisor by the recommenders (the recommendation form is available for downloading in the "Forms" section of this web site).
4. A letter of intent stating the student's professional objectives and goals should be submitted to the Graduate Advisor.
5. Applicants are required to submit a sample of their writing to the Graduate Advisor.
6. International students’ TOEFL scores are sent to the Office of Admissions and Records.

The deadline for fall applications is Feb 1, and the deadline for spring applications is October 1. International students are advised to examine the International Education Office web site for other requirements specific to them. For more information about admissions see the University Admissions web page. International students should review the University Extended Education website.

Career In Communication Studies

Our students have diverse goals when they enter the Master’s Program in Communication Studies. After completing their degree, some students pursue a Ph.D. Many Cal State Fullerton graduates currently are teaching at nationally ranked universities, others teach Communication Studies at the community college level. Our graduates also pursue rewarding careers as trainers in organizational settings, policy analysts, organizational development specialists, directors for state political parties, professional mediators, and directors of forensics programs. These are only a few of the positions graduates currently hold.