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Graduate Catalog Program Information:

School of Graduate Studies

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Mission Statement

The mission of our master's program is to offer students the knowledge and skills necessary to become socially responsible professionals and leaders in the field of mass communication in a diverse global society.

Program Description

Our program builds on the broad knowledge and critical skills of the mind you have already developed as Liberal Arts/Social Science majors. It provides you with specialized professional skills designed to prepare you for leadership positions in Strategic Media Communications in a wide range of industries. It features a balanced blend of courses in multimedia technology, media convergence, advertising/public relations, integrated strategic communication, research methods, theory, ethics, and international communication to give you a visible professional edge in today's communications-driven global society.

Program Highlights

  • Outstanding faculty with professional and international experience
  • State-of-the-art computer labs, TV studios, and photography equipment
  • Award-winning newspaper, television, and radio stations
  • In-state tuition for international as well as local students
  • Program can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis
  • Graduate assistantships and scholarships
  • Internships opportunities
  • Located along the banks of the Mississippi River
  • Minnesota's second-largest university with students from about 80 nations
  • 32 education-abroad programs and more than 1,100 international students
  • 250 university-wide student organizations for leadership opportunities
  • Low cost of living

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. A minimum of a 2.75 GPA over the last two years of undergraduate education, and an overall 2.75 GPA in your undergraduate record.
  2. Score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 with no subscore below 25 (computer-based) or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if you are an international student and your native language is not English.
  3. Three completed Recommendation Forms.
  4. A written statement of intent.

How to Apply

Apply Online

  • Upload unofficial transcripts.
  • Unofficial documents will be used for the admission review process. If admitted, you will need to submit official documents before coursework commences.
  • Upload your statement of intent, resume, and a writing sample.
  • Applicants may also submit unofficial copies of GRE/GMAT scores, TOFEL/IELTS/PTE and International transcript evaluations for the review process. If admitted, you will need to submit official documents before coursework commences.
  • Through an online system, request your recommenders to submit online recommendation forms.
  • You can work on completion of your application in multiple sessions if you choose. Just log back in!
  • Pay the application fee online through a credit card. Or submit online and send a check via postal mail.
  • By logging back into your application account you can track if an online recommendation has been submitted and send a reminder if needed.
  • You can also log back into your application account to check if specific application materials have been received or are still required. 

NOTE: Your application cannot be received by the graduate program for an admission recommendation until all required materials are submitted. 

Financial Assistance

A number of graduate assistantships, scholarships, tuition assistance, graduate research funds, and other financial aid options are available to graduate students.  Graduate assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis and require excellent GPA and GRE scores and/or significant professional experience in the mass media field.  St. Cloud State offers several types of graduate assistantships and scholarships.

Academic year assistantship stipends range up to $10,300 and tuition assistance equals to 16 graduate credits for the academic year.

International and domestic students are eligible to apply for graduate assistantships. In addition to assistantships, graduate scholarships are available for newly enrolled U.S. students pursuing on-campus majors. Qualified international students are eligible to apply for the Academic and Cultural Sharing Scholarships.  Non-departmental assistantships are also available in various offices of the university. There are also opportunities for part-time employment on campus.

Spring 2010 Graduate Students


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