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BS Digital Communication and Media

BS Digital Communication and Media

Batch Starts 14th Jan'2024

Abroad Intake Jan'2026

Key Benefits of the Program

  • INR50 Lakhs

    Significant savings of upto INR 50 Lakhs compared to studying full degree in USA

  • Upto36 Months

    Eligible for PGWP/Post Study Work/OPT visa application after graduation

  • INR43 Lakhs

    Average salary in USA after completion of the course

Program Structure and Fees

BS Digital Communication and Media is a 4 years STEM-designated undergraduate course, where in the first two years you will be studying on-campus at Golden Gate University Worldwide India campus. Tuition fees for year 1 & year 2 of the course shall be INR 5,00,000 per annum (inclusive of taxes). For the 3rd & 4th year you will be transferring to U.S.A. and studying at Northeastern University. The Tuition fees for Northeastern University will approximately be USD 16,230 per annum. You will also have to incur approximately USD 20,000 per annum as living costs in the U.S.A. 

A business's digital presence speaks volumes about the brand; this cogently states an expert's paramount role in persuasive writing and marketing communication. The Bachelor of Science in Digital Communication and Media is a comprehensive program that equips students with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in the rapidly expanding market for digital-based communications. The course offers a well-rounded curriculum, starting with foundational courses in English and Ethics, followed by major course selections in Management, Marketing, and Visual Media. A highlight of the program is the opportunity for students to work in a virtual public relations firm, where they design, implement, and manage a digital communication campaign for a real-world client. By the end of the program, graduates are well-prepared for various digital communication jobs in fields such as corporations, public relations and marketing agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Per BLS, employment in media and communication occupations is anticipated to increase 6% from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations in the USA.
  1. Country


    Course Name

    • Associate of Arts in General Studies with Business Emphasis


    • Students who have appeared for 10 + 2 examinations, (e.g. A level, CBSE, HSC, IBDP, ISC, etc.) with 70% marks or 3 GPA above from any stream.
    • Students who have completed class 12th in the year 2021/2022/2023 will be eligible for the program.

    Tuition Fees

    INR 5,00,000 per annum

    Cost of Living

    INR 3,00,000 per annum ( Cost of Living for students outside Hyderabad )

    Mode of Teaching



    2 years

  2. Country


    Course Name

    • BS Digital Communication and Media


    • The applicant should successfully complete 2 Years of Associate of Arts in General Studies with Business Emphasis from GGU with a minimum of 3.0 GPA in each course as well as aggregate level.
    • English Proficiency Requirements are TOEFL iBT >= 79 or IELTS score >= 6.5 or PTE >= 53 or Duolingo >= 105.

    Tuition Fees

    ~ USD 16,230 per annum (For Year 3 and Year 4)

    Cost of Living

    ~ USD 20,000 per annum

    Mode of Teaching



    2 years

Other Benefits

  • Northeastern University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
  • Post Study Work Visa opportunities (upto 3 years) as accessed by graduates of standard U.S.A. STEM degrees
  • Accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Northeastern University is featured at #44 Best Universities Nationally
  • In-built TOEFL/IELTS training and study abroad modules to meet U.S.A. study requirements
  • Northeastern University is ranked #1 in the US for Co-op Programs
  • Daily classes as well as small groups with capstone project after each term
  • End-to-end application, counseling and visa application support from upGrad
About Golden Gate University Worldwide India campus
With more than 100 years of teaching excellence, the Golden Gate University (GGU) has strengthened individuals to attain their professional goals. Being one of the oldest private universities in California, GGU has been offering a variety of Undergraduate and graduate courses in Business & Management, Taxation, Law, Accounting, and related fiels.The university has the main campus in San Francisco, with two other campuses in Seattle and Silicon Valley. Every year, the university enrolls over a thousand students. The students at GGU also get an opportunity to study in the evening or during weekend classes and pursue online degree programs. GGU offers real-world and real-time expertise as 80% of its faculty are practicing professionals such as directors, consultants, entrepreneurs, and other industry leaders. Having received the accreditation of WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), the university strives toward developing new competencies amongst our graduates to be skilled in their respective domains. ...Read more
About Northeastern University
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a global research university renowned for its leadership in experiential lifelong learning. The institution's distinctive approach integrates real-world experience with education, research, and innovation, empowering students, faculty, alumni, and partners to make a significant impact worldwide.Northeasten's global university system offers a wealth of opportunities for its community, academic institutions, government entities, and industry partners to think locally and act globally. With 13 campuses spread across the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, a vast network of over 300,000 alumni, and partnerships with 3,000 organizations worldwide, Northeastern serves as a platform for scaling ideas, talent, and solutions.The university provides personalized, experiential undergraduate and graduate programs across 10 colleges and schools. These programs culminate in degrees ranging from bachelor's to doctorate, with a focus on the intersection of data, technology, and human literacies. This unique emphasis ensures that Northeastern graduates are well-prepared for the careers of the future and lead lives of fulfilment and accomplishment.Northeastern's research enterprise holds an R1 Carnegie classification, indicating its dedication to finding solutions that address global challenges. Faculty scholars and students collaborate in interdisciplinary teams that span not only academic disciplines but also sectors, working together to solve interconnected global issues. Their efforts are driven by a commitment to transformative impact for humankind.As an integral part of Northeastern University, the College of Professional Studies (CPS) offers lifelong experiential learning opportunities. CPS empowers individuals at all stages and walks of life through a diverse range of programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. These programs equip graduates with the necessary skills to excel in the global workplace and distinguish themselves among their peers. ...Read more
About USA
The USA is one of the most sought-after countries for international students, given the scope of academic and professional opportunities. Let us discuss some more reasons that make it worth studying in the USA:1.World-Class EducationThe U.S. has nearly 4,000 accredited higher-education institutions. It has the highest number of universities in the op 100 and 200 globally (per QS World Rankings 2024), making it a hub for excellent education.2. Internationally-recognized DegreesThe U.S. degrees are recognized worldwide. A U.S. college or university degree allows students to enhance their careers through advanced learning and better career opportunities.3. Student-Friendly CitiesThe U.S. has four cities (Boston, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles) ranked among the top 30 QS Best Student Cities 2024, solidifying the country's reputation not just for academics but also for facilitating an education-intensive environment that is open and welcoming.4. Higher ROIStudying at a reputed U.S. university helps students earn high salaries post-completion of their program, thus providing higher ROI.5.Earn While LearningThe U.S. F-1 study visa allows students to work on-campus for 20 hours per week during a semester and full-time on holidays. ...Read more

Career Opportunities

BS Digital Communication and Media

  • Copywriter

    USD 56,940 Annually

  • Marketing Communications Specialist

    USD 55,713 Annually

  • Web Designer

    USD 53,982 Annually

  • Public Relations Representative

    USD 58,900 Annually

  • Social Media Specialists

    USD 49,071 Annually


Golden Gate University Worldwide India campusAssociate of Arts in General Studies with Business Emphasis


Northeastern UniversityBS Digital Communication and Media

  • 48


  • 120


  • 20+

    Case Studies and Projects

  • 900+

    Hours of Recorded Content

Frequently Asked Questions


Are Golden Gate University Worldwide India campus Degree Programs recognized by Northeastern University?

Golden Gate University Programs are designed and delivered as per regulations set forth by WSCUC - WASC Senior College and University Commission (The official accreditation body of HEIs in California). As an officially accredited university (GGU) in the United States, Northeastern University, U.S.A. will accept transfer credits from GGU for their undergraduate degree program - BS Digital Communication and Media. The same has been established and effectuated with an official agreement between the two universities.

Can I join this program without a TOEFL/IELTS Score and attempt TOEFL/IELTS after joining the program?

Yes, you can join this program without a TOEFL/IELTS score & upGrad will help you prepare for the English Entrance test to establish your current English proficiency to be eligible for a BS Digital Communication and Media Program in the U.S.A.

Can we get a TOEFL/IELTS waiver, if we study through upGrad?

To study in Northeastern University, you will have to meet university English Proficiency Requirements. Initially, we will apply on your behalf for a conditional offer letter to universities where TOEFL/IELTS score will not be required. upGrad will prepare you to meet these English proficiency requirements through specific study material.

I have not yet received Class 12 marks, am I eligible to apply for this program?

Yes, you can apply and block your seat for the program in case you have given exams in the 2023 academic year for class 12 and have not yet received a marksheet. You can block your seat by paying INR 25,000. The rest of the fees will be payable once you receive the mark sheet. You need to score a minimum of 3 GPA or 70% marks to be eligible for the course. In case you do not score 3 GPA, you can request for a refund of your block payment as per the refund policy.

What is a conditional offer letter and how is it different from a confirmed offer letter?

Conditional offer letters will be issued to you by Northeastern University based on documents submitted by upGrad. These documents will be class 10th & 12th marksheets, passport. The conditional offer letter will be converted into a confirmed offer once students meet the conditions mentioned in the conditional offer letter. These conditions will be English proficiency conditions, successful completion of the course at Golden Gate University and any other condition which the university deems fit.

About the Bachelor’s STEM Program at Northeastern University

How can I apply for the program?

  • Applications can be submitted online via upGrad.com. 
  • Based on the confirmation of eligibility, a provisional offer letter will be rolled out. 
  • Student needs to pay required fees to upGrad.com 
  • Once fees are received and students submit documents, they will receive ID cards from Golden Gate University.

What are the course options available for a Bachelor's STEM degree at Northeastern University?

At Northeastern University you will have the option to pursue either of the following courses-
  •  BS Analytics
  •  BS Information Technology
  •  BS Digital Communication and Media

Will I be supported for TOEFL/IELTS or other English language exams during the 1st & 2nd year of Bachelor's STEM degree?

Yes, upGrad will help you prepare for the English proficiency test to establish your current English proficiency to be eligible for the Bachelor’s STEM Program in the U.S.A.

What are the English proficiency requirements for getting admission in this program?

English Proficiency Requirements are TOEFL iBT >= 79 or IELTS score >= 6.5  or PTE >= 53 or Duolingo >= 105. To know about the latest requirements, please feel free to reach out to our counselors.

How will Northeastern University help in finding internships and job opportunities after I complete a course ?

Northeastern University has a career hub that assists learners in all aspects that come with applying for a new job and works to prepare learners for an upcoming interview. They will help learners in building a resume, & cover letter; exploring their transferable skills; developing accomplishment statements and conducting mock interviews.

What are co-op programs? Does this course have a co-op component?

Co-op is an educational program in which Northeastern learners pursue alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of part-time/full-time employment in positions related to their academic/career interests in the U.S. All Northeastern Programs are embedded with a Co-op.

How much commitment does a co-op program require?

While full time co-op shall require a commitment of 32-40 hours/week over 3-6 months, Part-time co-op shall require a commitment of 15-31 hours/week over 3-6 months.

University Partners

Do we get a conditional offer letter at the initial stage or after completion of the 2nd year with Golden Gate University?

Once you enroll in the GGU accelerator program with upGrad and provide all the required documents, upGrad will submit applications to university partners on your behalf as per the scheduled intakes application timelines. University partners will release a conditional offer letter within three months of application submission.

What would be the alternate option if I could not get a conditional offer letter from one of upGrad’s partner universities?

This is a highly unlikely scenario. In case you do not get a conditional offer letter from Northeastern University, you may apply to our other partner schools or continue studying online the Undergraduate program of Golden Gate University.

How many intakes are available at Northeastern University?

Northeastern University offers two intakes for students. The first intake of the year will be January (Spring) intake & the next would be September (Fall) intake.


Will upGrad help me in writing Academic and Visa SOP?

Yes, upGrad will help with your Academic and Visa SOP and will also organize training on how to write a good SOP.

Can we get a PSW visa if we study for this program in India and then for 2 years in the U.S.A. ?

U.S.A. OPT visas are available to all the students who have completed at least 1 academic year on a U.S.A. campus. As you are studying a STEM course, you will be eligible to apply for up to 3 years of OPT after completing your course.

How much are living expenses for a year at Northeastern University?

Living expenses for students studying at NEU is USD 20,000 per annum.

What will be the alternate pathway, if I could not get a visa from the U.S.A. after completion of the program?

In case you do not secure a U.S VISA, you may continue studying your Bachelor's degree online with Golden Gate University.

Can I do a part time job while studying in the U.S.A.?

According to the American students' visa guidelines, you are allowed to work only 20 hours a week and can work only on campus. Students can work up to 20 hours a week when classes are in session and up to 40 hours a week while the classes are not going on.


What is the process of payment for this program?

Initially, you need to deposit INR 25,000 as a block amount for seat booking. 15 days before the start of course and once you have Class 12 marksheet available, you need to make a complete payment of the remaining amount. You can opt for no-cost EMI with our partner institutions if you want to pay in installments.

Can I pay the fee semester-wise?

The total fee has two components -
1. University fees 
2. Articulation fees. The articulation fee needs to be paid together at once. You can avail of a 0% EMI option with a monthly installment and a down payment of INR 25,000 to block your seat. If you are availing of 0% credit card EMI, upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions. Your bank may levy GST or other taxes on the interest component of the EMI. University fees can be paid in 2 semesters.

Refund Policy

Is there any deferral or refund policy for this program?

Refund Policy:
1. Learner can claim a refund for the amount paid towards the Program at any time, before the Cohort Commencement Date, by visiting www.upgrad.com and submitting duly filled refund form via the "My Application" section under profile. Processing fee of INR 20,000 will be levied while processing the refund. If a Learner has paid less than INR 20,000 while registering for the program, the Learner shall not be eligible for any refund in such case.
2. Learner shall not be eligible for any refund under any circumstances if refund request is raised post Cohort Commencement Date and Learner will continue to pay the monthly EMI for loan (if applicable) and such loan cannot be canceled. This is also applicable for those Learners who could not complete their payment and could not be enrolled in the cohort opted for. However, the Learner can raise a request for Pre-Program deferral as per the policy defined below for the same. 
3. In case of a refund as per point 1 of this policy, the Learner will be solely responsible for any cancellation of loan, including but not limited to applicable loan cancellation charges levied on the total canceled loan amount. These charges will be decided by the third-party financial institution that has granted given loan to the Learner and upGrad will have no role to play in deciding the quantum of these charges.
4. Learners must pay the full fee within 7 days of payment of Caution Money or Cohort Commencement Date, whichever is earlier, otherwise the admission letter will be rescinded.
5. Request for refund should be sent via email in the prescribed Refund Request Form, post completing the steps as per point 1 of this Refund Policy. The refund will be processed within 30 working days of commencement of the program after being duly approved by the upGrad Admissions Team. 
CaseFee Deducted/Charge
Before Program CommencementINR 20,000 (processing fee)
Post Program CommencementNo Refund Possible

Deferral Policy: (Pre- Program Commencement)
- If a Learner, due to unavoidable circumstances is unable to commence with the cohort and requests for a deferral before the Cohort Commencement Date, Learner will have an option to defer to another batch.
- However, the learner will be required to pay 50% of the Total Program Fee amount (inclusive of taxes) before the deferral can be approved. Till this condition is complied with, the Learner will be assumed to be continuing in the same cohort.
- A Learner can request for deferral only once and to either of the scheduled cohorts to start in the next 1 year from the batch start date of the initial batch the Learner enrolled for.
- The Learner has time till the current Cohort Commencement Date to make the payment of the 50% of the Total Program Fee, post which the deferral request will expire. Once the deferral window expires and the Learner asks for a refund after the Cohort Commencement Date, the above-mentioned applicable refund policy will apply.
- The fee applicable to the deferred Learner will be as per prevailing Total Program Fee for the batch Learner as opted to defer to (No additional deferral fee is required to be paid).

Deferral Policy: (Post Program Commencement)
- If a learner is facing severe issues in dedicating time to the course, Learner will have an option to defer to another batch.
- A Learner can request for deferral only once and to either of the scheduled cohorts to start in the next 1 year from the Cohort Commencement Date of the initial batch the Learner enrolled for.
- The Learner will be required to pay a deferral fee of 10% of the Total Program Fee (inclusive of taxes) if any along with the differential program fees between the two cohorts.
- The deferral request will be approved once the deferral fee is paid.
- Till this condition is complied, the Learner will be assumed to be continuing in the same cohort.
- The Learner has 7 days (including holidays and weekends) from the date of deferral request to make the payment of the deferral fee, post which the deferral request will expire, and the learner will continue as part of the current cohort.
- If the Learner completes the deferral payment, the Learner’s login will be disabled, The Learner will leave the deferred cohort and the Learner will start learning on the new cohort from the point of the last assignment that was graded in the deferred cohort. All grades and progress till that point will be carried forward as it is to the new cohort .
- The deferral can only be requested during the batch for which the Learner has enrolled is ongoing. Once the batch has been completed, deferral requests shall not be entertained. For clarification, the batch completion here shall mean the “last grace deadline” as communicated by upGrad. 
CaseDeferral fee
Before Program Commencement50% program fee (including taxes) to be paid 
50% program fee (including taxes) to be paid 10% of the program fee (including taxes) to be paid within 7 days as deferral fee
Post Program Commencement (8 days after program start date)Will have to continue as a part of the current cohort
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