Communication MA Degree
Advance Your Skills for Teaching or Management Careers
Earning a master of arts in communication from The University of Texas at Tyler prepares you well for a career in teaching in a junior college, public relations management or other leadership position in business. This is also a necessary foundation if you wish to pursue a doctoral program.
- Complete your master’s degree with evening classes held on the UT Tyler campus. This program is designed for working professionals.
- Benefit from studies that develop skills and strategies in both journalism and speech communication.
Graduates of the UT Tyler master’s in communication program hold positions in many organizations throughout Texas and beyond.
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Master’s in Communication Program: Research-Focused. Practical.
- Do research side-by-side with your professors exploring timely communication topics.
- Research and write a master’s thesis on a topic that expands on your own professional interests. Or complete your degree by taking additional courses instead of writing a thesis.
- Participate in Colloquium, an organization that encourages faculty and students to share their writings and research findings.
- Explore opportunities to serve as a graduate assistant, gaining teaching and course design experience as you earn a stipend.
Communication Faculty: Media-Savvy. Student-Centered.
- Study with professors who are avid researchers on such topics as rhetorical theory and criticism of evangelicalism, media ecology and family communication.
- Learn from professors who are published authors of books such as Great Speeches for Better Speaking and Faith and the Media as well as contributors to major resources like the Encyclopedia of the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education.
- Participate in small classes that offer one-on-one mentoring by professors who are committed to helping you achieve your educational and career goals.
Learn about UT Tyler’s communication faculty
Communication Courses: Current. Best Practices-Oriented.
New Media Theories and Applications – Explore the cognitive, linguistic and interpretive approaches to the study of new media. Consideration will be given to both the practical and theoretical values of new media.
Mass Media and Popular Culture – Examine popular culture with an emphasis on the role of television, cable, film, magazines, Internet and emerging technologies in transmitting symbols and images.
Seminar in Rhetorical Criticism – Study rhetorical principles, procedures and methods of systematically analyzing persuasive discourse in various media.
Career Outlook for Community College Educators and Public Relations Managers
A master’s degree in communication improves access to many career fields. Two possibilities are teaching on the junior college level and holding a management position in a public relations firm. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects for community college professors are expected to increase by 19% through 2022, which is faster than the growth anticipated for most occupations.
Career growth in the public relations field is estimated to be approximately 12% over the same time period. For more, visit Occupational Outlook Handbook - Postsecondary Teachers and Occupational Outlook Handbook - Public Relations Specialists.