Communication, MA

College of Liberal Arts

Master of Arts in Communication


The MA in Communication is appropriate for students who are interested in advancing in leadership, management, public relations, training and development, and media positions. The curriculum is also designed to prepare students for enrollment in a doctoral program. The master's degree in Communication at TAMU-CC prepares students to use theories and principles, gather and use data, and think critically to made decisions and solve real-world problem. The program aims to help students achieve their personal and professional goals by providing rich opportunities to attend academic conferences, participate in research, complete internships, and assist in teaching undergraduate courses. The knowledgeable, well-published faculty work to challenge students to become critical consumers and producers of knowledge.

 

Domestic Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 1 November 1 April 15 Not Offered

Last deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
August 13 January 1 May 15 Not Offered

International Students:

Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 1 September 1 February 1 Not Offered

Last deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
May 1 November 1 February 15 Not Offered

*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration. 

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.

Requirements:

Application requirements specific to this program :

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • Bachelor's degree in Communication or related field.
  • Resume
  • Essay (Approximately 1-2 pages which includes educational and professional goals and the reason for applying to the program.)
  • An academic writing sample. Samples may include research papers, term papers, and class essays.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals such as professors and employers who can attest to the applicant's potential for success in a graduate program. 

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

Admitted students will choose one of three degree tracks for the MA program in Communication: Organizational Leadership, Strategic Communication, or Interpersonal Communication. The tracks share core coursework designed to enhance student knowledge of communication principles and theories and develop their proficiency as writers and researchers. Each track is a minimum of 36 hours and includes both required and elective courses.  With prior approval from the Communication Graduate Advisor, up to 6 hours of non-communication graduate level coursework can count as part of this 36-hour requirement.  Each track is described in greater detail below.

Students in all three tracks will complete the following four required core courses:

  • COMM 5301 - Introduction to Communication Scholarship 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5302 - Seminar in Communication Theory 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5303 - Research Methodology 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5304 - Cultural Studies 3 sem. hrs.

I. Organizational Leadership Track

The Organizational Leadership track focuses on principles, theories, and research of organizational communication and leadership.  It is appropriate for individuals who are interested in working in leadership or management positions within a variety of organizations or who want to pursue a Ph.D. in organizational communication or a related area.

Students in the Organizational Leadership track must complete the four required core courses described above, two required Organizational Leadership track courses, four to six elective courses, and either the comprehensive exams or thesis exit requirement.

Required Track Courses

Take at least two of the following (6 hours):

  • COMM 5306 - Instructing and Consulting 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5307 - Communication and Organizations 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5308 - Communicating Leadership 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5314 - Small Group Decision Making 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5330 - International Leadership 3 sem. hrs.

Electives

In addition to the 12 hours of core courses and 6 hours of required Organization Leadership Track courses, students must complete 18 hours of electives (Comprehensive Exam Option) or 12 hours of electives (Thesis Option). Any of the remaining required course options from above or the courses listed below may be taken for elective credit hours. Students are encouraged to take as many track courses as possible.  With prior approval from the Communication Graduate Advisor, up to 6 hours of non-communication graduate level coursework can count as part of this 36-hour requirement.

  • COMM 5309 - Seminar in Interpersonal Communication 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5310 - Seminar in Intercultural Communication 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5311 - Seminar in Persuasion Theory 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5312 - Seminar in Gender Communication 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5331 - Seminar in Nonverbal Communication 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5335 - Advanced Crisis Communication 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5340 - Public Relations Theory 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5346 - Seminar in New Media 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5390 - Special Topics in Communication 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5396 - Individual Study 1-3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5399 - Internship 3 sem. hrs.

 

  • COMM 5395 - Thesis 3 sem. hrs.

II. Strategic Communication Track

The Strategic Communication track focuses on principles, theories, and research of goal-oriented communication, particularly as it relates to communicating with the public.  It is appropriate for individuals who are interested in working in public relations or marketing positions within a variety of organizations or who want to pursue a Ph.D. in public relations, persuasion, or a related area.

Students in the Strategic Communication track must complete the four required core courses described above, two required Strategic Communication track courses, four to six elective courses, and either the comprehensive exams or thesis exit requirement.

Required Track Courses

Take at least two of the following (6 hours):

  • COMM 5311 - Seminar in Persuasion Theory 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5335 - Advanced Crisis Communication 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5340 - Public Relations Theory 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5346 - Seminar in New Media 3 sem. hrs.

Electives

In addition to the 12 hours of core courses and 6 hours of required Strategic Communication Track courses, students must complete 18 hours of electives (Comprehensive Exam Option) or 12 hours of electives (Thesis Option). Any of the remaining required course options from above or the courses listed below may be taken for elective credit hours. Students are encouraged to take as many track courses as possible. With prior approval from the Communication Graduate Advisor, up to 6 hours of non-communication graduate level coursework can count as part of this 36-hour requirement. 

  • COMM 5306 - Instructing and Consulting 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5307 - Communication and Organizations 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5308 - Communicating Leadership 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5309 - Seminar in Interpersonal Communication 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5310 - Seminar in Intercultural Communication 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5312 - Seminar in Gender Communication 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5314 - Small Group Decision Making 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5330 - International Leadership 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5331 - Seminar in Nonverbal Communication 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5390 - Special Topics in Communication 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5396 - Individual Study 1-3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5399 - Internship 3 sem. hrs.

 

  • COMM 5395 - Thesis 3 sem. hrs.

III. Interpersonal Communication Track

The Interpersonal Communication track provides courses that focus on principles, theories, and research surrounding communication that functions to initiate, maintain, deepen, and sometimes terminate relationships.  The track is especially geared toward individuals who wish to work in positions or professions that emphasize interaction with others; it is also appropriate for students who wish to pursue doctoral study in interpersonal communication or related areas.

Students in the Interpersonal Communication track must complete the four required core courses described above, two required Interpersonal Communication track courses, four to six elective courses, and either the comprehensive exams or thesis exit requirement.

Required Track Courses

Take at least two of the following (6 hours):

  • COMM 5309 - Seminar in Interpersonal Communication 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5310 - Seminar in Intercultural Communication 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5312 - Seminar in Gender Communication 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5315 - Family Communication 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5331 - Seminar in Nonverbal Communication 3 sem. hrs.

Electives

In addition to the 12 hours of core courses and 6 hours of required Interpersonal Communication Track courses, students must complete 18 hours of electives (Comprehensive Exam Option) or 12 hours of electives (Thesis Option). Any of the remaining required course options from the above or the courses listed below may be taken for elective credit hours. Students are encouraged to take as many track courses as possible. With prior approval from the Communication Graduate Advisor, up to 6 hours of non-communication graduate level coursework can count as part of this 36-hour requirement.

  • COMM 5306 - Instructing and Consulting 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5307 - Communication and Organizations 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5308 - Communicating Leadership 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5311 - Seminar in Persuasion Theory 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5314 - Small Group Decision Making 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5330 - International Leadership 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5390 - Special Topics in Communication 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5396 - Individual Study 1-3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5399 - Internship 3 sem. hrs.
  • COMM 5395 - Thesis 3 sem. hrs.
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