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Communication Studies

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Tricia Burke
Centennial, Room 328

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

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Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 1 February 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 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

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

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

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Application Fee(s)

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

  Effective Fall 2019 and beyond

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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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 important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted. 

GRE Scores

  • GRE not required


  • 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 important information about documents, including the submission instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU). You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • 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.

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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 the research concentration or a thesis program and/or 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.

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.