ECOM Frequently Asked Questions
UT Tyler Executive Master's: Emerging Fields in Public Relations
Who is eligible for admission to the program?
Individuals with at least three years of experience in a communication field, who have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
How can I request more information?
What if I did not have good grades in college?
Grades are important, but they are not the sole deciding factor of admission into the ECOM program. Letters of recommendation have significant weight in the admission process.
What if I have not been in school in over 20 years?
The ECOM program is rigorous but designed to maximize the transfer of knowledge that you have gained from your years of experience. Many applicants to the program have been out of school for a number of years.
Can I transfer in any graduate courses that I have already taken?
No. Due to the integrated structure of the curriculum and the nature of cohort education, no courses or credits may be transferred for use toward the degree requirements. Regardless of previous experience or academic work, all ECOM students must take the required courses in the required sequence at the required time.
Can I be a part-time student?
No. This program was designed to maximize the transfer of knowledge between students in each cohort. All ECOM students must take all required courses in the required sequence at the required time. Each student is a full-time student and required to complete 9 credit hours per semester.
Do I have to take the GRE or some other entrance examination?
No. We do not require a GRE score to be eligible for the program.
How much does the program cost?
The program for the Fall 2015 cohort is $26,000. This fee is divided into four equal payments of $6,500 due at the beginning of each semester. There are NO hidden fees associated with the program cost.
How much will I have to pay for books and student fees?
Nothing, there are no hidden fees! The program cost of $26,000 is all inclusive of student fees, tuition, books, etc.
Will I be eligible for financial aid?
Yes. All qualified graduate students are eligible for financial aid. There is a financial aid specialist that is ready to assist ECOM students.
Is this an online program? What is the format?
Each semester consists of two components: an intensive onsite seven-day week followed by online exercises, lectures, and examinations. The last semester, students will be required to prepare and defend an applied strategic project.
Where are the intensive onsite classes held?
The intensive classes are held in a select hotel in Tyler, Texas.
Where will I stay during the intensive week?
The program will have a block of specially discounted rooms located at the hotel where the intensive week courses will take place. You will be provided with contact information, rates, and deadlines to book your room reservation.
How is transportation handled?
Students arrange for their transportation to and from the intensive week and last semester applied strategic project defense.
What happens if I miss a portion of a class, an entire class period, or an entire day during the intensive week?
It is the student's sole responsibility to make arrangements with their professor(s) prior to the absence. Students will be responsible for all materials that are missed during their absence.
How long does it take to finish the program?
16 months from start to finish; four semesters. The program begins in the Fall semester and concludes with graduation at the end of the following Fall semester.
Do I have to do a thesis or take a comprehensive exam in order to graduate?
There is no thesis or comprehensive exam; however, in your last semester you are required to defend your applied strategic project, in front of a panel of faculty members, in order to graduate.
How many courses will I be required to take?
12 courses; 36 credit hours. 3 classes (9 credit hours) per semester, across four semesters.
Who are the faculty members who teach in the program?
Faculty members have been selected from across the country because of their teaching and professional experience.
Who are the students in the ECOM program and what are their backgrounds?
Students in the ECOM Program can have diverse backgrounds, but each student brings at least 3 years’ experience in a communications field.
Why should I choose a "hybrid program" rather than a "fully online" program?
The faculty members and professional staff members of the ECOM program believe that the hybrid format offers the best of both worlds, an opportunity to meet and discuss course material and health care issues face-to-face with their professors and peers while completing most of the course work online. For more information, visit our Hybrid versus Online page.