School of Communication

Accelerated 4+1 Master of Applied Communication Theory and Methodology program with emphasis in Strategic Communication

Qualified students can accelerate their careers by beginning graduate level courses in the fourth year of undergraduate study. Students accepted into a 4+1 program will begin graduate level work in approved courses for the 4+1 transition phase. Up to 12 hours of approved course work can be counted for both Bachelorís and Masterís degree. Students continue their graduate course work full-time over the next three semesters, including one summer, in order to finish their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years.

Admission Criteria :

  • Declared Communication Major
  • Completion of at least 65 undergraduate credit hours
  • Minimum 16 credit hours in Communication
  • Minimum 30 credit hours earned at CSU (regular and transfer students)
  • Must have Junior Standing  (65 – 89 credits earned)
  • 3.40 minimum cumulative grade-point average
  • 3.25 minimum cumulative grade-point average in Communication courses

Students must apply BEFORE completing 100 credit hours towards undergraduate degree.
Application is made by the end of the junior year.

Application Materials :

  • Submission of two letters of recommendation from Cleveland State University Communication faculty
  • A statement of intent describing how this program will enhance scholarly and career goals.

Materials to be submitted to the Graduate College Admissions Office- Parker Hannifin Bldg. 2nd floor

This is an example of what your class sequence may look like. Call 216.687.2116 for more information on the 4+1 or any of the School of Communication Graduate offerings. Additional School of Communication Graduate Program requirements and checklists are here.

For Advising in this major, contact any of the faculty in your area of interest or call 216.687.4630 to be connected with an available advisor.

More career information can be found here.

Still not sure this is the program for you?

Check out our other School of Communication majors and certificates here.



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Mailing Address
School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, MU 233
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
1st & 2nd Floors
Music & Communication Building
2001 Euclid Ave.
Phone: 216.687.4630
Fax: 216.687.5435
Web Contact
Rick Pitchford
Phone: 216.687.5077

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