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Mass Communication

School of Journalism & Mass Communication
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Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. General 36 hours Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. General 33 hours Thesis No minor
M.A. Global Media 36 hours Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. Global Media 33 hours Thesis No minor
M.A. Digital Media 36 hours Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. Digital Media 33 hours Thesis No minor
M.A. Latinos and Media 36 hours Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. Latinos and Media 33 hours Thesis No minor
M.A. Strategic Communication 36 hours Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. Strategic Communication 33 hours Thesis No minor
Deadlines* U.S. Citizen International
Fall Semester ∞ February 1 February 1
Spring Semester ∞ October 15 October 1
Summer ∞ February 1 February 1
Summer Midterm ∞ February 1 February 1

Graduate course descriptions for this program may be viewed online in the Graduate Catalog.

∞ This program has a flexible deadline. The Graduate College will continue to process applications received after the deadline for this program, on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration. If the program is not listed as an option on ApplyTexas for a given semester, applicants may no longer apply for the program for that term. In order to apply for admission consideration for future terms, applicants must submit a new application, fee, and updated support documents.

Assistantship Information
Students interested in applying for assistantships and scholarships are strongly encouraged to meet the application deadlines.

Application Decisions
The Mass Communication program has a rolling admissions process in which a Graduate Admissions Committee considers completed applications as they arrive. An admission decision should be made within three to four weeks, but it could take up to six weeks during peak times.

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Judith Oskam mailto
Old Main Building 102

Advisor Support
Daniel Seed mailto
Old Main Building 322

 information  Please visit for more information regarding this program.

Application and Application Fee

Please apply online through the ApplyTexas Application and allow 2 working days for the application to be received by Texas State.

The required non-refundable $40.00 application fee can be submitted with credit/debit card information during the application process. If preferred, applicants may submit a non-refundable $40.00 application fee (check or money order in U.S. currency) made payable to Texas State. The mailing address is listed below.

Please Note: Students who change their admission status must pay the fee associated with the new application. Degree-seeking students changing majors and/or seeking multiple degrees are required to complete a new application and pay the $40 fee.

An additional international evaluation fee of $50.00 (U.S. currency) is required if the application is considered for admission based on foreign credentials.

Transcript and Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

Applicants who are Texas State University degree recipients or are currently enrolled at Texas State need to request transcripts for any coursework NOT listed on the Texas State transcript. The Graduate College will provide the Texas State transcripts.

Applicants who are not Texas State University degree recipients or are not currently enrolled at Texas State must submit one official transcript from each college or university from which credit was received.  For institutions that do not use the SPEEDE service, the secure third party vendor must send the electronic transcript to If your previous colleges or universities do not have the ability to send official transcripts electronically in these formats, those transcripts must be mailed directly from the university or college attended or submitted in a sealed university envelope with the university registrar's signature on the back of the envelope to the following address (international transcripts must come directly from the main university’s Registrar’s Office):

Texas State University
The Graduate College
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666-4684

All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours of letter-grade work earned at a four-year college or university before receipt of a Bachelor's (plus any previously completed graduate work) is required.

Applicants who have not yet graduated with a bachelor’s degree should send the transcript with the most recently completed semester’s grades.  The Graduate College will only calculate an applicant’s GPA after the last long (Spring or Fall) semester of coursework prior to graduation has been completed.  For example: Applicants who apply for a program that will begin Fall 2016 and expect to graduate in May 2016 should send transcripts with the Fall 2015 grades.  If transcripts are submitted without this information, applicants will be notified and the application will not be considered complete until the updated transcript has been received.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Requirement

The Mass Communication program requires an official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score to be submitted prior to admission consideration with a preferred score of 303 with no less than 153 on the verbal section,150 on the quantitative section, and 4.5 on the analytical writing section.  If you took the GRE within the last five years and prior to the new examination, the following preferred scores will be considered - 1000 (verbal and quantitative combined), no less than 500 on verbal section and a level of 5 on the analytical.  The GRE score is valid for five years after the exam date.  GRE scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, to our Graduate College.  The college code for Texas State is 006667.  The Educational Testing Service can be contacted at  Texas State applicants are required to take only the General Test.The GRE may be waived if the applicant holds a master’s degree from an accredited US institution.  GRE waivers will be submitted to the department on a case-by-case basis if the degree was granted from an accredited international university.

English Proficiency Requirement (TOEFL/IELTS)

English proficiency exam scores through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required to apply if English is not the applicant’s native language or if the applicant is not eligible for an automatic TOEFL/IELTS waiver. English proficiency exam scores are valid for two years after the exam date. Fluency in English is expected of all accepted students, specifically in the areas of listening, reading, speaking, and writing.  In order to be eligible for regular admission into this program, applicants must submit scores of at least:

  • TOEFL iBT100 overall
  • IELTS (Academic) – 6.5 overall with minimum individual module scores of 6.0


Conditional Admission Option

Students who do not meet the above requirements may be admitted conditionally and must take leveling courses with grades of 'B" or better OR retake the GRE and attain the preferred scores mentioned above. International students who do not meet the TOEFL score may take only leveling courses until a satisfactory score is achieved.

Students who do not have a journalism or mass communication major in their undergraduate studies may be admitted conditionally and must complete nine to 12 hours of leveling courses to be assigned by the graduate committee and make a grade of “B” or better in these courses.

Additional Application Requirements

  • Statement of Purpose (500 words) to include academic and professional goals
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals competent to assess the applicant’s capacity to pursue graduate education in Mass Communication. In case the applicant is changing the major area, at least one of the two letters must be from a professor in the student’s previous major. If the applicant is transferring from another institution, at least one of the two letters must be from a professor in the student’s previous institution.
  • Current Resume - include information on educational background, work experience, and extracurricular activities

Applicants will electronically submit the documents to The Graduate College at Please only submit what is required by the program. Any additional documents mailed or e-mailed to our office will not be attached to applications.

If you are an international applicant or have international components to your application, please visit the International Student web page for other admission requirements that may apply to this program.