Communication MA Degree

Graduate Admissions


The University of Texas at Tyler
Department of Communication
3900 University Boulevard
Tyler, Texas 75799
Phone 903.566.7253

Degree Information
Dr. Marsha Matthews
Phone: 903.566.7253

Graduate Admission Information
The University of Texas at Tyler
Office of Graduate Admissions
Office: STE 345
Phone: 903.566.7457
Fax: 903.566.7492

Program Information

Degree: MA

Hours: 36

College:  Arts and Sciences

Admission Requirements

Application Instructions

Total Program Tuition Cost: $15,156 Estimated tuition for full-time, in-state on-campus enrollment. Tuition varies by delivery method and hours taken per semester. Calculate your estimated tuition with the tuition calculator.

Scholarships/Financial Support:  Yes

Student Research:  Yes

Students who do not have a journalism, mass communication, or speech communication major or minor in their undergraduate studies may be required to take leveling courses as determined by the communication graduate faculty.

Test Score Required: A satisfactory score on the General Test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE should be completed prior to the conclusion of the first long semester of enrollment.

GPA: A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale on all upper-division course work.

Letters of Recommendation: 2

Resume/Curriculum Vitae: No

Admissions Essay: No

Deadlines: University deadlines apply. Domestic applicants may begin in either the fall or spring semesters. International applicants may only begin in the Fall.

Additional consideration for admission will be based upon the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study, involvement and level of responsibility in non-academic matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, and socioeconomic background.

Career Outlook: 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.

Salary Information: See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is O*Net.

Meet a University of Texas at Tyler graduate student.

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.

Learn more from the Department of Communication.

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 more 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.

More about UT Tyler’s graduate communication program of study

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