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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 8.61k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 18k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

    June for Fall semester; November for Spring semester


    Because the skills emphasized by department faculty, including: writing, speaking, critical thinking and technology, MCOM graduates are well-positioned for a wide variety of careers, ranging from traditional media to business to non-profit organizations. MCOM students may pursue a B.A. or B.S. in Journalism or a B.A. or B.S. in Advertising with the following emphases:

    • Broadcast Journalism: Students learn storytelling, video production, and performance skills with a focus on a career in the broadcast news or corporate communication industries.
    • Creative Strategy (Advertising): Emphasizes the strategic decision-making process behind advertising messages and advertising placement. Prepares students for a career in an advertising agency, non-profit organization, or corporate setting. For more information, contact Professor Roxanne Lucchesi.
    • Interactive Media (Advertising): Emphasizes media analytics and messaging in the online context.
    • News Editorial Journalism: Students learn writing, reporting, interviewing, storytelling and photography skills focusing on careers in online and print journalism. Graduates of the program work in the media industry, corporate, and non-profit settings.
    • Public Relations (Advertising): Emphasizes the public relations process, research, planning, communication and evaluation and prepares students for a career in public relations.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline June for Fall semester; November for Spring semester Tuition fee
    • USD 8605 Year (National)
    • USD 18044 Year (International)
    Start date January,August 2015 Credits 120
    Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    The department offers minors in journalism or advertising. For a minor in journalism, you must complete MCOM 210: Newswriting and Reporting and any other MCOM credits to total at least 16.
    For a minor in advertising, you must complete:
    • MCOM 370, Advertising Principles
    • MCOM 371/371L, Advertising Copy and Layout
    • MCOM 372/372L, Advertising and Media Strategies
    • MCOM 476, International and Ethnic Advertising
    • Plus, 6 credits from among the following:
    • MCOM 243, Public Relations Principles
    • MCOM 314, Sales, Promotion and Marketing
    • MCOM 442/442L, Integrated Marketing Communication Campaigns
    • MCOM 475/575, Public Relations
    • MCOM 489, Portfolio Production and Design

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 5.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 500 TOEFL iBT® test : 61

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


  • Applicants should have an above average academic record at least equivalent to a "B-" average (2.60 out of 4.00), or be in the top 60% of their class with suitable academic preparation for the intended major.
  • The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), while not required, is encouraged and strongly recommended for freshman applicants. Students who graduated from U.S. high schools must submit an SAT score.
  • Academic Transcripts need to be originals or official certified true copies. If your transcripts are not in English, certified true translations must be attached. All upper secondary school-level work need to be demonstrated through your transcripts. It is common for applicants to submit transcripts prior to completion of their final year of secondary school. If you must submit transcripts prior to completion, please indicate your expected graduation date.
  • Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Alumni Study Travel Fund

      Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

    • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

      The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than South Dakota State University.


    South Dakota State University has been granted the full, ten-year reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. An accreditation team of representatives from peer institutions commended SDSU for:
    • Dedicated faculty and staff
    • Quality new facilities
    • Excellent student leadership
    • Shared governance
    • Partnerships with local community
    • Robust and Integrated assessment program
    • Successful transition to NCAA Division I Athletics

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