Master of Arts in Communication Studies

Update or upgrade your professional communication skills and develop valuable new ones with a master’s degree in communication studies from Tarleton. Our MA in communication studies focuses on new communication technologies, social media management and organizational communication to provide innovative, relevant course work and hands-on experience.

Designed for experienced professionals and recent graduates alike, our communication master’s degree is flexible and accessible. We do not require a GRE for admission, and we offer a mix of face-to-face evening classes and online or hybrid classes that work with busy schedules. Graduates have the ability to earn graduate certificates in Organizational Communication and Social Media Strategy. With a variety of options, you can tailor your communication studies master’s degree program to fit your educational needs and career goals.

What is Communication Studies?

At Tarleton, the MA in communication studies offers a broad-based degree program that examines the role of communication at the intersection of organizational and technical applications, including computer-mediated communication. You’ll study current and emerging tools and trends in communication, such as social media, to expand your knowledge and job skills while staying ahead of the curve in an ever-changing social media landscape and job market.

What Can You Do With Your Master’s Degree in Communication Studies?

With knowledge and skills in social media tools and analytics, applied communication theory and innovative communication strategies, our communication master’s graduates are well prepared for a variety of jobs, such as:

  • Social Media Manager
  • Public Relations Director
  • Internal Communications Specialist
  • Training and Development Specialist
  • Travel and Tourism Promoter
  • Business Leaders
  • Marketing Director
  • Communications Manager
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Estimated Completion

30 Credit Hours (18+ months)

Application Process


Locations Available

  • Fort Worth
  • Some Online and Hybrid courses offered



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Why Study Communication Studies?

Studying Communication Studies provides a pathway to advanced knowledge and skills in utilizing computer-mediated strategies and organizational communication tools and technologies in real-world contexts. This educational pursuit equips individuals to excel in a digital age, fostering proficiency in navigating the complexities of digital communication, adapting to the ever-evolving workplace, problem-solving, and crisis management, while also promoting global connectivity, innovation, and social impact. By delving into this field, students gain a competitive edge and become valuable assets in the professional world’s dynamic and interconnected landscape.

What Classes Will You Take as a Communication Studies Graduate Student?

Explore how communication shapes management styles and organizational culture while examining the role of small-group interaction within organizations. The MA in communication studies focuses on core classes in ethics, theory and research, as well as topics in organizational communication, new communication technology and social media strategy. Then you can choose electives in and outside your concentration based on your areas of interest and career goals. Our master’s degree in communication studies doesn’t have a thesis track, but you can take classes related to communication research and application.

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“The program’s focus on technology and research prepared me to work with learning management systems to create a comprehensive professional development plan for faculty and staff, while managing a campus communication calendar.”

Hannah Harrel, MA in Communication Studies, Fall ’18 Coordinator of Academic Support Services, Tarrant County College
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