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  Dec 16, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Communication, MA


Program Description

The Master’s degree in Communication at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is designed for individuals who seek career advancement in communication positions, or who aspire to enroll in a doctoral program. Students in the Master’s in Communication program can specialize in Organizational Leadership, Strategic Communication, or Interpersonal Communication.  All three tracks consist of courses designed to enhance students’ knowledge of communication principles, theories, and research in the track topic area and develop proficiency as writers, researchers, and critical decision makers.  The program is designed to provide students with a quality experience that will help them grow as individuals, scholars, professionals, and citizens.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates from this program will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of the history, underlying concepts, principles, and theories in the field of communication;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in advanced writing and critical thinking at the Master’s level;
  • Show proficiency in scholarly methods of inquiry; and
  • Gather, interpret, evaluate, and present data for the purposes of addressing communication problems, and/or advancing knowledge in the field of communication.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the university admission requirements outlined for all graduate programs, the MA in Communication program requires:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Communication or related field.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of no less than 3.0 on a 4-point scale.
  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work undertaken at any regionally accredited colleges or universities.
  • Two letters of evaluation from individuals such as professors and employers who can attest to the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program of study. Letters of evaluation should specifically address the applicant’s potential for successful career and motivation for graduate study.
  • An essay. Applicants must submit a 1-2 page (double spaced) essay describing your educational and professional goals and the reasons you are applying to the program.
  • A writing sample. Samples may include research papers, term papers, and class essays.
  • A comprehensive resume with current email address, telephone numbers, and mailing address.
  • International students must have their credentials evaluated by the Office of Recruitment and Admissions for their equivalent value according to standard university procedure and meet other admissions requirements specified in the graduate catalog.

Application Checklist

_____ Texas Common Application for Graduate Admission to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions with appropriate fee.
_____ Official transcripts documenting all undergraduate and graduate coursework taken at any regionally-accredited college or university attended.
_____ Bachelor’s degree in Communication or related field.
_____ Two letters of evaluation that address your potential for a successful career and your motivation for graduate study.
_____ A 1-2 page (double spaced) essay describing your educational and professional goals and the reasons you are applying to the program.
_____ Writing sample. Samples may include research papers, term papers, and class essays.
_____ Comprehensive resume with email address, telephone numbers, and mailing address.
   

Provide a complete set of all application materials to the University Office of Recruitment and Admissions.

  Office of Recruitment and Admissions Department of Communication & Media
  Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5774 6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5722
  Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5774 Corpus Christi, TX 78412
    Attn: COMM Graduate Coordinator

For more information call: (361) 825-2316.

Deadlines for Applications

 

Applying for

U.S. Applicants

International Applicants

 

Fall Semester

Priority

Final

 

April 1

August 13

 

April 1

May 1

 

Spring Semester

Priority

Final

 

November 1

January 1

 

September 1

November 1

 

Summer Semester

Priority

Final

 

April 15

May 15

 

February 1

February 1

 

Admission

Upon receipt of all admission materials, the Communication Graduate Admissions Committee will review the admissions materials. The committee may choose to admit, conditionally admit, or deny admission, based on evaluation of the admission materials (see description below). For full consideration of admission, assistantships, and scholarships, a completed admissions packet should be received by the priority deadline for the semester the student plans to enroll.  The Communication Graduate Admissions Committee will continue to review applications until the final deadline or until all spaces are filled.

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in Communication or a related field (e.g. Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, Journalism, English, History, Public Relations) from a regionally accredited university or, if an international student, have the equivalent of a U.S. accredited degree as determined by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Applicants must possess an overall grade point average (GPA) of no less than 3.0 on a 4-point scale.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who have received a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited university or, if an international student, the equivalent of a U.S. accredited degree, but who do not meet the admission requirements noted above may be conditionally admitted into the program. The Communication Graduate Admissions Committee will make the decision as to a student’s conditional status. Students admitted conditionally must have a 3.0 GPA in their first 9 hours of graduate coursework approved by the Communication Graduate Advisor in order to continue in the program.  The Communication Graduate Admissions Committee may also require the student to take relevant undergraduate leveling courses, particularly if the applicant’s degree is from an unrelated field.

Degree Requirements


Admitted students will choose one of three degree tracks for the MA program in Communication: Organizational Leadership, Strategic Communication, or Interpersonal Communication. The tracks share core coursework designed to enhance student knowledge of communication principles and theories and develop their proficiency as writers and researchers. Each track is a minimum of 36 hours and includes both required and elective courses.  With prior approval from the Communication Graduate Advisor, up to 6 hours of non-communication graduate level coursework can count as part of this 36-hour requirement.  Each track is described in greater detail below.

Students in all three tracks will complete the following four required core courses:


I. Organizational Leadership Track


The Organizational Leadership track focuses on principles, theories, and research of organizational communication and leadership.  It is appropriate for individuals who are interested in working in leadership or management positions within a variety of organizations or who want to pursue a Ph.D. in organizational communication or a related area.

Students in the Organizational Leadership track must complete the four required core courses described above, four required Organizational Leadership track courses, two to four elective courses, and either the comprehensive exams or thesis exit requirement.

Electives


In addition to the 12 hours of core courses and 12 hours of required Organization Leadership Track courses, students must complete 12 hours of electives (Comprehensive Exam Option) or 6 hours of electives (Thesis Option). Any of the courses listed below may be taken for elective credit hours.

Exit Requirement


All students are automatically assigned the comprehensive exam exit requirement.  Students may apply to complete a thesis. Students allowed to complete a thesis must complete 6 credit hours towards the thesis (COMM 5395 ) over a period of two semesters. (See Exit Requirement section below.)

II. Strategic Communication Track


The Strategic Communication track focuses on principles, theories, and research of goal-oriented communication, particularly as it relates to communicating with the public.  It is appropriate for individuals who are interested in working in public relations or marketing positions within a variety of organizations or who want to pursue a Ph.D. in public relations, persuasion, or a related area.

Students in the Strategic Communication track must complete the four required core courses described above, four required Strategic Communication track courses, two to four elective courses, and either the comprehensive exams or thesis exit requirement.

Electives


In addition to the 12 hours of core courses and 12 hours of required Strategic Communication Track courses, students must complete 12 hours of electives (Comprehensive Exam Option) or 6 hours of electives (Thesis Option). Any of the courses listed below may be taken for elective credit hours.

Exit Requirement


All students are automatically assigned the comprehensive exam exit requirement.  Students may apply to complete a thesis. Students allowed to complete a thesis must complete 6 credit hours towards the thesis (COMM 5395 ) over a period of two semesters. (See Exit Requirement section below.)

III. Interpersonal Communication Track


The Interpersonal Communication track provides courses that focus on principles, theories, and research surrounding communication that functions to initiate, maintain, deepen, and sometimes terminate relationships.  The track is especially geared toward individuals who wish to work in positions or professions that emphasize interaction with others; it is also appropriate for students who wish to pursue doctoral study in interpersonal communication or related areas.

Students in the Interpersonal Communication track must complete the four required core courses described above, four required Interpersonal Communication track courses, two to four elective courses, and either the comprehensive exams or thesis exit requirement.

Electives


In addition to the 12 hours of core courses and 12 hours of required Interpersonal Communication Track courses, students must complete 12 hours of electives (Comprehensive Exam Option) or 6 hours of electives (Thesis Option). Any of the courses listed below may be taken for elective credit hours.

Exit Requirement


All students are automatically assigned the comprehensive exam exit requirement.  Students may apply to complete a thesis. Students allowed to complete a thesis must complete 6 credit hours towards the thesis (COMM 5395 ) over a period of two semesters. (See Exit Requirement section below.)

Exit Requirements


Students must complete 36 graduate hours in Communication with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher.  All students admitted to the program will automatically be registered for the Comprehensive Exam exit requirement.

  1. Comprehensive Exam.  Students will take 12 hours of core coursework, 12 hours of required track coursework, and 12 hours of pre-approved electives.  Students will also successfully complete examinations that cut across completed courses allowing students to demonstrate their abilities to analyze and synthesize material.  The exams will be given during the semester of expected graduation and will be graded as “pass” (for credit), or “fail” (for no credit).  If the student fails  one area of the examinations, the student may be able to retake the failed area a second time that semester. If the student fails more than one area or fails the retake area a second time, the student will need to attempt the exams in a subsequent semester.  The student must achieve a passing grade on all exam questions in order to graduate.
  2. Thesis.  Students may apply to complete a thesis instead of comprehensive exams.  This is an appropriate option for individuals who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or who want to work in an area that involves research.  To apply to complete the thesis, students must develop a thesis pre-proposal that the faculty will evaluate.  Students who are approved to complete the thesis will take 12 hours of core coursework, 12 hours of required track coursework, 6 hours of pre-approved electives, and at least 6 hours of thesis work culminating in the thesis document.  Thesis students will also defend a thesis in an oral examination to the appropriate graduate faculty.  A majority of the faculty on the thesis committee must grade the thesis and defense as “credit” for it to be accepted to meet graduation requirements.  If the student does not receive a “credit” score, the student has one year from the time of the first defense to complete the thesis satisfactorily and fulfill this requirement. Students must use the required College of Graduate Studies forms and meet the deadlines for thesis committee formation and scheduling of the thesis defense. The thesis must meet the College of Graduate Studies thesis formatting requirements in addition to those of their discipline. For CGS deadlines and forms, refer to the CGS website and/or CGS Masters Handbook.

Graduate Degree Advising


Upon admission into the program, the student will be advised by a communication graduate faculty member.  After the end of the second semester or 18 hours of completed coursework, a Faculty Advisor will help the student develop an initial degree plan.  The degree plan outlines the prescribed graduate coursework and other requirement needed to complete the MA in Communication degree

The student is expected to meet with their advisor prior to registering for classes.  The Faculty Advisor will work closely with the student to ensure that each student pursues the most advantageous course of study for his/her future goals.

Transfer of Credit


In addition to the University’s general policy on transfer of credit, the following regulations will apply to the MA in Communication program:  Up to 9 semester hours may be transferred from a recognized institution of higher education if appropriate to the degree.  However, only 6 hours of non-communication coursework will be accepted as part of this 9 semester hours. No course with a grade less than a “B,” and no course that has counted toward the earning of another graduate degree, will be accepted as transfer credit.  Credit that is more than seven years old at the time of graduation will not be counted toward the MA degree.  Acceptance of transfer credit will be determined by the Communication Graduate Advisor.

Graduate Courses


Graduate Courses are listed in the Course Description section of the catalog.

For Additional Information


For more information on the Communication Graduate Program contact:

Website:

http://cla.tamucc.edu//communication/graduate/welcome.html

Campus address:

Bay Hall 330; phone 361-825-2316

Mailing address:

Department of Communication & Media
College of Liberal Arts
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive, Bay Hall 330, Unit 5722
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5722