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Mass Communication

The Mass Communication program is no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2019 term. Applicants are encouraged to review this site at a later time for Fall 2020 open dates.

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Michel Haigh
Old Main, Room 224

Advisor Support
Daniel Seed
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. No concentration 36 Professional Project No minor
M.A. No concentration 33 Thesis No minor
M.A. Digital Media 36 Professional Project No minor
M.A. Digital Media 33 Thesis No minor
M.A. Global Media 36 Professional Project No minor
M.A. Global Media 33 Thesis No minor
M.A. Strategic Communication 36 Professional Project No minor
M.A. Strategic Communication 33 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 No Admission No Admission
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.

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. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review important information about the ApplyTexas application.

Application Fee

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

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree in mass communication or journalism 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

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  • resume/CV including information on your educational background, work experience, and extracurricular activities
  • statement of purpose including a professional narrative discussing how the skills learned in the curriculum featured in the M.A. program will be applied in current or future careers
  • 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 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 100 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 7.0 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.5

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

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