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 (International applicants will be required to submit relevant International transcripts)
  • 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.

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)
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

Degree Plan

Comprehensive Exam Option 

This 36-hour degree option asks students to successfully complete examinations that cut across completed courses allowing the students to demonstrate their abilities to analyze and synthesize material.
  • 12 hours of required courses
  • 21 hours of Track courses
  • 3 hours of COMM 5394 - Seminar in Communication. 

Thesis Option:

This 36-hour degree option allows students to develop an area of research interest and eventually produce a comprehensive research contribution to that area. Students must apply for the thesis degree option. In addition to the required course work, student will write a master's thesis under the direction and supervision of the student's thesis committee. While this option is open for all students to apply, it is designed to prepare and qualify students for doctoral programs.

  • 12 hours of required courses
  • 18 hours of Track courses
  • 6 hours of COMM 5395 - Thesis

Course List for MA in Communication:

I. Required Courses:


COMM 5301 Introduction to Communication Scholarship
COMM 5307 Seminar in Communication Theory
COMM 5303 Research Methodology
COMM 5304 Cultural Studies


II. Track Options:


Organizational Leadership Track

COMM 5306   Instructing and Consulting 
COMM 5307 Communication and Organizations
COMM 5308 Teamwork and Leadership
COMM 5314  Small Group Decision Making 
2-3 Electives From approved elective list

Strategic Communication Track

COMM 5311 Seminar in Persuasion Theory
COMM 5335 Advanced Crisis Communication
COMM 5340 Public Relations Theory
COMM 5346 Seminar in New Media
2-3 Electives From approved elective list 

Interpersonal Communication Track

COMM 5309 Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
COMM 5310 Seminar in Intercultural Communication
COMM 5315 Family Communication
COMM 5331 Seminar in Nonverbal Communication
2-3 Electives From approved elective list

III. Comprehensive Exam or Thesis 

COMM 5394 Seminar in Communication OR
COMM 5395 Thesis (taken twice for a total of 6 hrs)


For a full list of courses and course descriptions, please visit the courses subsection.

For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.

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Contact for More Information:

Dr. Stephanie Rodriguez