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Communication Studies

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Maureen Keeley
mk09@txstate.edu
512.245.3133
Centennial, Room 205

Department of Communication Studies
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The program offers a comprehensive degree incorporating empirical and rhetorical research methods. Students also may customize their programs by concentrating on specialized areas. The program receives consistently high rankings in surveys of master’s programs in communication studies. Some alumni pursue doctoral education at the country’s top Ph.D. programs.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. 36 Non-Thesis Nine-hour minor required
M.A. 30 Thesis Six-hour minor required
M.A. 36 Non-Thesis Six-hour minor required
M.A.* 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. 30 Thesis No minor

  Read additional information about this degree plan.


Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority March 1 March 1
Fall - Standard May 15 May 15
Spring - Priority October 15 October 1
Spring - Standard November 15 October 1
Summer I March 1 March 1
Summer II March 1 March 1

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.


Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).


Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.2 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • background course work: at least 18 hours of communication studies undergraduate credit hours. Read additional information below.

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted.


GRE Scores

  • GRE scores not required

Documents

  • statement of purpose (500-700 words) addressing the following:
    • Which area(s) of communication studies are you most interested in pursuing and why?
    • Why did you select the M.A. in communication studies at Texas State?
    • How does your academic background prepare you for graduate study in the Department of Communication Studies at Texas State?
    • What are your plans after completing the M.A. degree, and how do you plan to apply your degree?
  • three letters of recommendation

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall and minimum individual module scores of
    • 19 listening
    • 19 reading
    • 19 speaking
    • 18 writing
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.


Additional Information

  Background Course Work
If you have fewer than 18 undergraduate credit hours in communication studies, you must enroll in background hours before submitting your formal application. If you have the required number of undergraduate hours but do not have junior-level courses in quantitative research methods and rhetorical criticism, you are eligible for admission, but will be required to enroll in leveling courses when you begin your program. 


  Degree Plan
The comprehensive 36-hour, non-thesis, no minor degree plan is the default for all new applicants. You may apply for a thesis program and a minor area after consulting the program's graduate advisor. You may also select communication studies courses that develop expertise in one or more of the following areas: include organizational communication, rhetorical studies, communication training and development, interpersonal communication, and instructional communication.


  Documents
Your statement of purpose will be evaluated on your ability to demonstrate correct composition, grammar, and writing style, to provide a complete and well-developed response, and to explain and justify your answers.