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  Dec 15, 2017
 
 
    
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication, MA


Program Description

The Master’s degree in Communication at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi offers a wide range of options for students who seek career advancement in communication and media positions in South Texas and beyond, or who aspire to enroll in a doctoral program. This program is designed to provide students with a quality experience that will help them grow as scholars, professionals, and citizens. This degree offers a comprehensive program of study with coursework in speech communication and media studies and includes two 36-hour degree tracks: 1. Comprehensive Track and 2. Thesis Track. Both tracks consist of core courses designed to enhance students’ knowledge of communication principles and theories, and develop their proficiency as writers and researchers.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates from this program will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of underlying concepts, principles, and theories in the field of Communication;
  • Graduates from this program will demonstrate proficiency in writing and critical thinking at the Master’s level;
  • Graduates of this program will demonstrate proficiency in scholarly methods of inquiry; and
  • Graduates of this program will demonstrate the ability to gather, interpret, evaluate, and present data for the purposes of addressing communication problems, developing media products, 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 cumulative 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 why 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 University Office of Graduate Studies 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 Graduate Studies Office 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 why 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 Graduate Studies and the Department of Communication & Media. Note that the deadline for the Communication program is different than the date set by the Graduate Office.

  Office of Graduate Studies Department of Communication & Media
  Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5843 6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5722
  Corpus Christi, TX 78412 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

March 22

March 22

  Spring Semester October 31 October 31

 

If space is available, late applications will be reviewed until August 1 and December 1 for fall and spring semesters respectively.

Admission

Upon receipt of all admission materials, the Communication Graduate Admissions Committee will review the admissions materials. The committee may choose to unconditionally 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 must be received by March 22 preceding the fall semester and October 31 for the spring semester in which the student wishes to enroll. If space is available, late applications will be reviewed August 1 and December 1 for fall and spring semesters respectively.

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in Communication or a related field 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.

Students admitted to the program will begin in the Comprehensive Track.

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.

Degree Requirements


There are two degree tracks for the MA program in Communication: 1. Comprehensive Track and 2. Thesis Track. The tracks share core coursework designed to enhance student knowledge of communication principles and theories and develop their proficiency as writers and researchers. The Graduate Faculty in the program will help students determine the best track for them. Both tracks are a minimum of 36 hours and are described below.

Students in both tracks will complete ALL of the following required courses:


Students in the Comprehensive Track will complete the following:


  1. Comprehensive Track: All students pursuing a Master of Arts in Communication are automatically assigned to the Comprehensive Track upon admission. In the semester when students are in their 18th hour of coursework, they may apply for the Thesis Track. Comprehensive track students will complete the 3 core required courses above, 24 hours from the elective courses listed below, and 3 hours of COMM 5394.

Students in the Thesis Track will complete the following:


  1. Thesis Track: This 36-hour degree option allows students to develop an area of research and produce a comprehensive research contribution to that area. Students must apply for and be admitted into the Thesis Track option with approval of the Communication graduate faculty. While this option is open to all students to apply, it is designed to prepare and qualify students for doctoral studies. Students will complete the 3 core required courses above, 6 hours of COMM 5395 - Thesis , and 21 hours from the elective courses listed below.

Exit Requirements


Students must complete 36 graduate hours in Communication with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher. 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.

  1. Comprehensive Track students will take 9 hours of core coursework in communication theory and research methods, COMM 5394 and 24 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 with distinction,” or “pass” (for credit), or “fail” (for no credit). If the student fails part or all of the examination/s, the student can retake the failed examinations a second time in the next long semester. The student must achieve a passing grade on all exam questions in order to graduate.
     
  2. Thesis Track students will take 9 hours of core coursework in communication theory and research methods, 21 hours of pre-approved electives, and 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.

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, the student will be assigned a Faculty Advisor who will help the student develop an initial degree plan. The degree plan outlines the prescribed graduate coursework and other requirements 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 a 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 Descriptions  section of the catalog.

For Additional Information


For more information on the Communication Graduate Program contact:

Website:

cla.tamucc.edu/communication/

Campus address:

Bay Hall 333; 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 333, Unit 5722
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5722