Graduate Program

Department of Communication & Media

The MA in Communication is appropriate for students who are interested in advancing in leadership, management, public relations, training and development, and media positions.  The curriculum is also designed to prepare students for enrollment in a doctoral program.  The master's degree in Communication at TAMU-CC prepares students to use theories and principles, gather and use data, and think critically to made decisions and solve real-world problem.  The program aims to help students achieve their personal and professional goals by providing rich opporutnities to attend academic conferences, participate in research, complete internships, and assist in teaching undergraduate courses.  The knowledgeable, well-published faculty work to challenge students to become critical consumers and producers of knowledge.

DEGREE PLANS

Students will complete one of two degree tracks for the MA in Communication.  Both tracks are 36 hours:

Comprehensive Track Option:

This 36-hour degree option asks students to successfully complete examinations that cut across completed courses allowing the students to demonstrate their abilities to analyze and synthesize material.

  • 12 hours of required courses
  • 21 hours of elective courses
  • 3 hours of COMM 5394

Thesis Track Option:

This 36-hour degree option allows students to develop an area of research interest and eventually produce a comprehensive research contribution to that area.  Students must apply for the thesis degree option.  In addition to the required course work, student will write a master's thesis under the direction  and supervision of the student's thesis committee.  While this option is open for all students to apply, it is designed to prepare and qualify students for doctoral programs.

  • 12 hours of required courses
  • 18 hours of elective courses
  • 6 hours of COMM 5395 - Thesis

Course List for MA in Communication:

Required Courses:

  • COMM 5301 - Introduction to Communication Scholarship
  • COMM 5302 - Seminar in Communication Theory
  • COMM 5303 - Research Methodology
  • COMM 5304 - Seminar in Cultural Theory

Sample Elective Courses:

  • COMM 5307 - Communication and Organizations
  • COMM 5308 - Teamwork and Leadership
  • COMM 5309 - Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 5310 - Seminar in Intercultrual Communication
  • COMM 5340 - Perspectives in Public Relations
  • COMM 5346 - Seminar in New Media

For a full list of courses and course descriptions, please visit the courses subsection.

Communication Graduate Admission Requirements

In addition to the university admission requirements outlined for all graduate programs, the MA in Communication Program Requires:

  • A bachelor's degree in Communication or related fields.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of no less than 3.0 on 4-point scale.
  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work undertaken at any regionally-accredited colleges or universities.
  • Two letters of evaluation from individuals such as professors and employers who can attest to the applicant's potential for success in a graduate program of study.  Letters of evaluation  should specifically address the applicant's potential for academic success and motivation for graduate study.
  • A personal essay.  Applicant must submit a 1-2 page (double spaced) essay describing personal and professional reasons for  pursuing graduate study in Communication at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  This essay might discuss work experience, educational goals, professional goals, languages spoken, and any other material relevant to admission decisions.
  • An academic writing sample. Samples may include research papers, term papers, and class essays.
  • A comprehensive resume.

 

Admission to the Program

Admission - Upon receipt of all admission materials, the Communication Graduate Admissions Committee will review the admission materials.  The committee may choose to unconditionally admit, conditionally admit, or deny admission, based on evaluation of the admission material ( see description below).  Students will be admitted into the program in fall and spring semesters.  For full consideration of admission, assistantships, and scholarships, a completed admissions packet must be received by April 1 preceding the fall semesters and November 1 for the spring semester in which the student  wishes to enroll.

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in Communication or a related field from a regionally-accredited university or, if an international student, have the equivalent of a U.S. accredited degree as determined by the Dean of Graduate Studies.  Applicant must possess an overall grade point average (GPA) of no less than 3.0 on 4-point scale.

Conditional Admission -  Applicants wh o have received a Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited university or, if an international student, the equivalent of a U.S. accredited degree, but who do not meet the admission requirements noted above may be conditionally admitted into the program.  The Communication Graduate Admissions Committee will make the decision as to a student's conditional status.

Applications Checklist

  • Texas Common Application for Graduate Admission to the Graduate Studies office with appropriate fee.
  • Official transcripts documenting all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any regionally-accredited college of university attended.
  • Bachelor's degree in Communication or related field.
  • Two letters of evaluation that address your potential for academic success and your motivation for graduate study.
  • A 1-2 page (double spaced) personal essay describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study in Communication at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
  • Academic writing sample.  Samples may include research papers, term papers, or class essays.
  • Comprehensive resume with email address, telephone numbers, and mailing address.

Provide a complete set of application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies & Research and the Department of Communication by the March 22 or October 31 deadline.  If space is available, applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed until all of the spaces have been filled.

Application Deadlines

Applying for U.S. Applicants International Applicants
Fall Semester April 1 April 1
Spring Semester November 1 September 1

For information on this program contact:

Dr. Stephanie Rollie Rodriguez, Graduate Program Coordinator
Professor of Communication

Phone: 361-825-5753
E-mail: stephanie.rodriguez@tamucc.edu

Department of Communication
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive, Bay Hall 335
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5722

 

Dr. Stephanie Rodriguez

Graduate Coordinator

Dr. Stephanie Rodriguez
Bay Hall 335
stephanie.rodriguez@tamucc.edu