For more than 35 years, the department has been committed to linking education and the communication professions with the focus on graduate program quality and flexibility.

The Master of Arts (MA) degree is designed to provide advanced study in communications theory and research, and offers an opportunity to integrate all aspects of the profession into a single degree. Students select courses from advertising, entertainment and tourism, journalism and public relations for a truly interdisciplinary degree. We also offer students the option to incorporate a limited number of courses from other master's degree programs such as business, psychology and public administration.

The program prepares the graduate to apply advanced communication concepts, research development skills, and theories relevant to the use of communications media for a wide variety of purposes. Such study may serve those whose careers involve the use of print,  electronic and online media to inform, instruct and persuade. Communications skills are highly applicable to a wide range of careers in business, industry, government, education, and the mass media.

The M. A. in Communications offers flexible options for study and may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis. Most study plan courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening hours. Course work can be completed in as little as three semesters. A thesis requires an additional two semesters, and a project one additional semester.

This Web site offers information on requirements, deadlines, curriculum, and other information to get you started earning your M.A at CSUF. Additional information is available the University Website and the University Office of Graduate Studies.


Completing your master’s degree in communications provides you with the critical thinking and knowledge you need to compete and excel in media professions. Use our extensive networking system to enter a media profession, or use your professional degree to advance into executive or management positions at your present workplace. You can also use your master’s degree to teach in the community college system or to enter a Ph.D. program by writing a thesis. See the flexible study plans webpage for details about the concentration in Mass Communications Research and Theory, Professional Communications and Communications in Tourism and Entertainment.




  • The Mass Communications Research and Theory  concentration is intended for students who ultimately wish to pursue a Ph.D. or teach at the community college level.
  • The Professional Communications concentration is designed for those currently working in the communications profession as well as for students interested in pursuing careers in the industry.
  • The Communications in Tourism and Entertainment concentration offers a foundation in communications for professionals working in tourism and entertainment who want to enhance their knowledge of communications as it applies to the industry. 

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For specific information regarding curricular issues or academic advising, contact:
Dr. Cynthia King 
Professor & Graduate Studies Coordinator
Department of Communications
California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton, CA 92834-6846
Tel: (657) 278-7631

To request general information about the program please email