Skip to main content

Accreditation

Updated October 2020

Public Accountability: School and SDSU Data

Three undergraduate majors (advertising, journalism and public relations) and the online M.M.C. degree are accredited. ACEJMC requires its accredited programs to report enrollment and retention and graduation rates to the public. Following is the most recent student achievement information available for SDSU and the School.

Undergraduate Student Enrollment

SDSU: 11,518 (Fall 2019)

Undergraduate Majors in Accredited MCOM Programs

Advertising: 75
Journalism: 52
Public Relations: 24
Total in Accredited Programs: 151
Agricultural Communications: 45
Communication Studies: 72
Total Undergraduate: 268

Undergraduate Student Retention

 1st Year2nd Year3rd Year 
Entering CohortSDSUMCOMSDSUMCOMSDSUMCOM 
201578.6%77.3%68.8%63.6%61.3%63.6% 
201677.2%63.0%67.3%55.6%59.9%55.6% 
201775.9%67.9%67.3%60.7% 

 

 

201878.3%69.0%     

Undergraduate Student Graduation Rates

 4th Year5th Year6th Year
Entering CohortSDSUMCOMSDSUMCOMSDSUMCOM
201236.4%24.0%53.8%48.0%56.5%48.0%
201335.9%28.6%54.2%46.4%56.4%46.4%
201440.6%50.0%56.0%53.6%  

 

Master of Mass Communication (Updated May 7, 2020)

The Master of Mass Communication (MMC) Degree was approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents in 2012. The first cohort of students for the MMC were enrolled in fall 2013.

ADMISSIONS AND ENROLLMENT

YEAR

APPLICATIONS 

 ADMISSIONS

ADMITTED ENROLLED

TOTAL ENROLLMENT*

ADMISSION RATE

2019-20

19171432

89%

2018-19

2522124588%

2017-18

2927184793%
2016-173024205080%
      

*Enrollment includes returning students plus new admissions

GRADUATION RATE*

1-YEAR: 8%
2-YEAR: 54%
3-YEAR: 23%
4-YEAR: 15%

RETENTION

2019-20: 75%
2018-19: 100%
2017-18: 87%
2016-17: 67%

Laptop Requirement

The advertising, journalism and public relations majors have a recommended laptop requirement. Students may use any computer, but we recommend the purchase of any new Macintosh laptop and an "office" software package (we recommend Apple's iWork or Microsoft Office 365 available free for SDSU students). Additional software requirements will be announced in specific courses.

Students can order their PC's online. Find that information here under the Tech tab.  

Ordering Instructions

Visit Apple's website and select any of the Apple laptop computers (we recommend the MacBook Pro, 13" because of its durable, aluminum shell). Add RAM or a larger hard drive as finances allow, and add the AppleCare extended warranty.