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Communication Studies

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Lindsay Timmerman
lindsayt@txstate.edu
512.245.3139
Centennial Hall, Room 323

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 No minor
M.A. No concentration 30 Thesis No minor

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)

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
    OR
  • $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)

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

Effective Spring 2020 and beyond

Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

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


GRE Scores

  • GRE 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 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.

Effective Spring 2020 and beyond

Documents

  • resume/CV
  • 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.


TOEFL or IELTS Scores

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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  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.