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M.A. in Communication Studies


The Master of Arts in Communication Studies provide students with a broad-based education examining the role communication plays at the intersection of technological and organizational applications. Career professionals and individuals seeking to enhance or develop computer-mediated and organizational communication skills will benefit from the program’s course offerings as students can design a degree track to fit their educational needs. Students will produce research projects reflecting real-world scenarios of communication practices from both an applied and theoretical perspective. This 30-hour degree program (6 hours may be taken outside the department) is a non-thesis option only. Our program blends online, hybrid, and traditional face-to-face formats, and all face-to-face meetings take place at our Fort Worth Campus.

Preparing You to Make a Difference

We offer a Dual-Certificate Program within this degree that blends modern and traditional studies of communication. Students who choose to enroll in this program will enhance their career opportunities and add depth to their resumes.Students in our program can graduate with one or both of the following certificate options embedded within the 30-hour degree:

  • A dual certificate in Organizational Communication and Social Media Strategy
  • 9 credit hours to earn either certificate individually

Designed With You in Mind

This degree is perfect for mid-career professionals who desire to expand their knowledge of current trends related to Social Media Strategy and social media. Our program degree plan allows students to tailor their coursework to fit their interests and goals. Students will explore the ways in which communication shapes different managerial styles and organizational cultures, as well as the role of small-group interaction within organizations.


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Career Opportunities

Graduates with an M.A. in Communication Studies have many career options available to them, such as:

  • Social Media Manager
  • Public Relations Director
  • Internal Communication Specialist
  • Training and Development Specialist
  • Travel and Tourism Promoter

And much more!

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Student Opportunities

Students in our program can benefit from our Applied Learning Programs, which include:

  • Graduate assistantships
  • The Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI)
  • On and off-campus internships
  • Short-term study abroad
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Program Advising

Dr. Paul Stafford is here to help you will all your advising needs. From helping you to determine the best sequence of courses to take to registering for classes and transferring credit, Dr. Stafford can take care of you. Reach out to him by phone at 254-968-9033 or stop by his office in O.A. Grant Building, Room 394F.

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Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Career counseling and My Plan
  • DEI - Delta Epsilon Iota, Career Services Honor Society
  • Handshake
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume assistance

And much more!

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Program Objectives

  • Provide students with an education that will span from examing the roles of communication in various areas to analyzing social media. 
  • Students will learn valuable skills that will enhance their ability to apply computer-mediated and organizational communication to real-world situations.
  • Allow students to plan their coursework in a way that directly correlates to their career goals and interests. 

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
COMM 5304 Organizational Communication Theory
COMM 5310 New Communication Technology
COMM 5311 Applied Social Media 
COMM 5312 Social Media Strategy
COMM 5320 Communication Ethics
COMM 5321 Survey of Communication Research 
COMM 5352 Communication Theory

In addition, 6 credit hours may be taken outside the department. Students should also note that an approved Statistics course is require for this program.

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Comprehensive Exam

All students must successfully complete a comprehensive exam. Comprehensive exams should be taken the semester that the student is graduating. Exams will be written and if clarification is necessary an oral exam will be scheduled.

Facilities and Features

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Student-Centered Instruction

Our faculty and staff members understand the academic needs of students, and make that their top priority. The program instruction is geared toward meeting the needs of students in a supportive environment that allows them to grow academically, personally, and professionally.

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Certificate Programs

In addition to the full master’s degree, we also offer two 9-hour certificate programs. One certificate program focuses on Computer-Mediated-Communication, and the other focuses on Organizational Communication.

Both of these certificate programs may be rolled into the 30-hour master’s degree.

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Online Classes

This degree program offers a variety of class formats, including online classes for students who need flexibility in order to cater to their busy schedules.