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Mass Communication

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Michel Haigh
mmh204@txstate.edu
512.245.2656
Old Main, Room 224

Advisor Support
Daniel Seed
dfs16@txstate.edu
512.245.1988
Old Main, Room 322

School of Journalism & Mass Communication
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The program offers cutting edge curriculum synthesizing theory, research, multimedia skills, strategic, entrepreneurial and global communication skills, blending scholarly research with professional mass communication skills. Courses address a variety of topics such as digital media and innovation, social media, global media, strategic communication and Latinos and media issues.

Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. Digital Media 33 Thesis No minor
M.A. Digital Media 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. Latinos and Media 33 Thesis No minor
M.A. Latinos and Media 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. Global Media 33 Thesis No minor
M.A. Global Media 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. Mass Communication 33 Thesis No minor
M.A. Mass Communication 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. Strategic Communication 33 Thesis No minor
M.A. Strategic Communication 36 Non-Thesis No minor

Online Availability
Part of this program may be offered online. If you are not a Texas resident and will not relocate, please visit the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. International students, please visit the International Office regarding additional considerations in taking online courses.

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall February 1 February 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I February 1 February 1
Summer II February 1 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline.

Funding Information
For scholarship, fellowship or assistantship consideration, applications must be completed by the deadline above.

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 in mass communication or journalism from a regionally accredited university. Read additional information about background course work.
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

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


GRE Scores

  • official GRE scores required with a preferred minimum of 303 with no less than 153 in the verbal section, 150 in the quantitative section, and 4.5 in the analytical writing section

  The GRE may be waived if you hold a master's or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. If you hold a master's or doctoral degree (or the equivalent thereof) from an accredited international institution, the GRE may be waived on an individual basis.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.


Documents

  • resume/CV including information on your educational background, work experience, and extracurricular activities
  • statement of purpose (500 words) including your academic and professional goals
  • two letters of recommendation from individuals competent to assess your capacity to pursue graduate education in mass communication. If you did not major in mass communication as an undergraduate student, at least one of the two letters must be from a professor in your undergraduate major. If you are transferring from another institution, at least one of the two letters must be from a professor in your previous institution.

  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 100 overall
  • 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
You may be required to complete 9–12 hours of leveling course work if you lack sufficient background courses. Any required leveling course work must be completed with grades of B or better.