Texas Tech University

Mass Communication Program Tracks

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Thesis Track

Required Coursework:

  • 3 hours of MCOM 5364 Research Methods
  • 3 hours of MCOM 5366 Seminar in Mass Communication Theory
  • 3 hours of MCOM 5374 Data Analysis
  • 9 to 15 hours of College Elective Courses (course numbers and prefixes may vary; can be in ADV, CMI, COMS, JOUR, MCOM, or PR)*
  • 6 hours of MCOM 6000 Thesis

*Students may take up to six hours of graduate coursework outside of the college in place of up to six hours of College Elective Courses. 

Professional Track

Required Coursework:

  • 3 hours of MCOM 5364 Research Methods
  • 3 hours of MCOM 5366 Seminar in Mass Communication Theory
  • 15 to 21 hours of College Elective Course (course numbers and prefixes may vary; can be in ADV, CMI, COMS, JOUR, MCOM, or PR)*
  • 3 hours of MCOM 6050 Final Project**

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*Students may take up to six hours of graduate coursework outside of the college in place of up to six hours of College Elective Courses with approval of graduate advisor.

Three hours of MCOM 5370 Internship credit is possible under the College Elective Course category. This credit requires a minimum of 160 internship hours as well as weekly reports and a formal final evaluation. Internship can be combined with MCOM 6050 for a total of six hours of credit if internship has minimum of 300 hours and MCOM 6050 program and internship overlap.

**Students will complete an applied research project focusing on media and communication as a capstone project in their final semester. The project will be supervised by a graduate faculty member and requires students to orally present their project to the graduate faculty.

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Sports Media Focus

Required Coursework:

  • 3 hours of MCOM 5364 Research Methods
  • 3 hours of MCOM 5366 Seminar in Mass Communication Theory
  • 3 hours of MCOM 6330 Seminar in Media and Sport
  • 6 hours of approved college elective course in sports media (course numbers and prefixes may vary; can be in ADV, CMI, COMS, JOUR, MCOM, or PR)
  • 9 hours of additional college elective courses, including additional college sports media courses if desired (course numbers and prefixes may vary; can be in ADV, CMI, COMS, JOUR, MCOM, or PR)*
  • 3 hours of MCOM 5370 Internship**
  • 3 hours of MCOM 6050 Final Project*** 

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*Students may take up to six hours of graduate coursework outside of the college in place of up to six hours of college elective courses with approval of graduate adviser.

**Sports media students must complete their MCOM 5370 Internship by working in an approved sport communication setting. This credit requires a minimum of 160 internship hours as well as weekly reports and a formal final evaluation. Internship can be combined with MCOM 6050 for a total of six hours of credit if internship has minimum of 300 hours and MCOM 6050 program and internship overlap.

***Students will complete an applied research project focusing on sports media as a capstone project in their final semester. The project will be supervised by a graduate faculty member and requires students to orally present their project to the graduate faculty. 

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