Wayne State University

FAQ

Is it possible to graduate from Wayne State with a major in communication in four years--eight semesters.
Yes, all programs are designed for completion in 4 years. View all of the Department of Communication Plan of works
How many students have graduated from the communication program in the last five years?

Undergraduate degrees:

  • Academic year 2010-2011: 121
  • Academic year 2011-2012: 137
  • Academic year 2012-2013: 148
  • Academic year 2013-2014: 172
  • Academic year 2014-2015: 187

Masters degrees:

  • Academic year 2010-2011: 36
  • Academic year 2011-2012: 48
  • Academic year 2012-2013: 37
  • Academic year 2013-2014: 43
  • Academic year 2014-2015: 22

Information for the 2015-2016 academic year will be provided as soon as summer graduations have been certified.

How long does the average student take to graduate from Wayne State with a major in communication?
For the students who graduated in these academic years, here is the average time to degree:
  • Academic year 2010-2011: 5.0 years
  • Academic year 2011-2012: 5.0 years
  • Academic year 2012-2013: 5.0 years
  • Academic year 2013-2014: 4.7 years
  • Academic year 2014-2015: 4.7 years
Information for the 2015-2016 academic year will be provided as soon as summer graduations have been certified. National average is 6.0 years
How much will a bachelor's degree in communication cost?
  Tuition In-State Out of State
  30 credits @ $371.15 per hour $11,134.50  
  30 credits @ $819.10 per hour   $24, 573.00
  One Time Matriculation Fee $250.00 $250.00
  Student Service Fee for 2 semesters $65.90 $65.90
  Registration Fee for 2 semesters $409.70 $409.70
  Total $11,860.10 $25,298.60
       
  Room & Board    
  Triple Occupancy Room (cheapest) $4,672 $4,672
  Warrior Pass 50 $3,520 $3,520
       
  1st Year Total  $20,052.10 $33,490.60
  *Does NOT include course fees or the additional $50 Honors Fee
2nd year (fall and winter terms only)
  Tuition In-State Out of State
  30 credits @ $371.15 per hour $11,134.50  
  30 credits @ $819.10 per hour   $24, 573.00
  Student Service Fee for 2 semesters $65.90 $65.90
  Registration Fee for 2 semesters $409.70 $409.70
  Total $11,610.10 $25,048.60
       
  Room & Board    
  Triple Occupancy Room (cheapest) $4,672 $4,672
  Warrior Pass 50 $3,520 $3,520
       
  2nd Year Total  $19,802.10 $33,240.60
  *Does NOT include course fees or the additional $50 Honors Fee
3rd year (fall and winter terms only)
  Tuition In-State Out of State
  30 credits @ $446.15 per hour $13,384.50  
  30 credits @ $978.00 per hour   $29,340.00
  Student Service Fee for 2 semesters $65.90 $65.90
  Registration Fee for 2 semesters $409.70 $409.70
  Total $13,860.10 $29,815.60
       
       
  Room & Board    
  Triple Occupancy Room (cheapest) $4,672 $4,672
  Warrior Pass 50 $3,520 $3,520
       
  3rd Year Total  $22,052.10 $38,007.60
  *Does NOT include course fees or the additional $50 Honors Fee
4th year (fall and winter terms only)
  Tuition In-State Out of State
  30 credits @ $446.15 per hour $13,384.50  
  30 credits @ $978.00 per hour   $29,340.00
  Student Service Fee for 2 semesters $65.90 $65.90
  Registration Fee for 2 semesters $409.70 $409.70
  Total $13,860.10 $29,815.60
       
  Room & Board    
  Triple Occupancy Room (cheapest) $4,672 $4,672
  Warrior Pass 50 $3,520 $3,520
       
  4th Year Total  $22,052.10 $38,007.60
  *Does NOT include course fees or the additional $50 Honors Fee
Are there scholarships available from the department? How much and what are the criteria?

The scholarship aid reported here is an addition to the financial aid provided by the University and in addition to federal programs such as Pell grants:

All scholarships in the Department of Communication are merit based according to GPA. Many scholarships are targeted at specific majors, for example journalism, forensics and public relations:

Number of undergraduate students receiving scholarships:

  • Academic year 2010-2011: 21
  • Academic year 2011-2012: 21
  • Academic year 2012-2013: 31
  • Academic year 2013-2014: 37
  • Academic year 2014-2015: 55

Average scholarship award:

  • Academic year 2010-2011: $1477
  • Academic year 2011-2012: $1387
  • Academic year 2012-2013: $2853
  • Academic year 2013-2014: $3,655
  • Academic year 2014-2015: $3,012

Total scholarship dollars awarded:

  • Academic year 2010-2011: $31,020
  • Academic year 2011-2012: $29,134
  • Academic year 2012-2013: $88,432
  • Academic year 2013-2014: $135,241
  • Academic year 2014-2015: $165,675
Do you suggest internships for a communication student?
The department strongly encourages internships. Some programs, for example journalism, require an internship for graduation. While the department cannot promise to find you an internship, faculty members have strong ties to the professional community in Detroit. Many internships are unpaid, but Wayne State allows students to earn credit and a salary during an internship.