Texas Tech University

The 6050 Graduate Student Project

Part of the program for graduate students in the Texas Tech University M.A. program in Mass Communication is a culminating project with original data collected. Students refer to this as “their 6050” because it corresponds with the class number.

What's a 6050?

from Jody Roginson on Vimeo

The video is meant to overview the 6050 and inspire you. Screens move fast, but don't worry, use pause and know that the rest of this page explains everything you'll need to think about and do in more detail. Be sure to watch the tutorial, and all its elements, and download the resources found there.

The 6050 Tutorial

Take the 6050 tutorial with resources embedded. It will help (approx. 30 minutes and well worth your time for both students and faculty).

6050 Tutorial

Selecting a Faculty Advisor

Reach out to the TTU College of Media & Communication Grad Office (either Dr. Callison or Dr. Seltzer) to help you select an appropriate advisor for your project idea.

Working with students on their 6050 project is a voluntary service for faculty members and they may say no. It isn't personal, it's that they may already have too many students or may have a busier-than-normal term. When you meet with either Dr. Callison or Dr. Seltzer, it's a good idea to get a few names from them.

Presentation Tips

Presentations for a 6050 from Jody Roginson on Vimeo

Collecting Data


Below are sample projects completed by students of the program, posted here with permission.

  1. A project completed for an organization (a communications office at a university) by Cara Vandergriff (who is the copyright holder, December 2015).
  2. A project completed for an organization (a super fan) by Gerald W. White II (who is the copyright holder, December 2016). Here is the accompanying presentation from Gerald's work that was used during his oral presentation.
  3. A project in an area of student interest (media framing in extreme sports) by Austin Nettleton (who is the copyright holder, May 2016).

Approval Form

Fill out the 6050 submission form for approval on your final project.