M.A. Application &
Program Requirements

Application Process

All graduate students must be accepted for study by both the Graduate School at Texas Tech University and the College of Media & Communication.

1. Applicants should submit the following to the Texas Tech Graduate School:

  • A Graduate Application
  • Official transcripts from all of the colleges and universities that you have attended sent to the Texas Tech University Graduate School.
  • Current scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Admission to a graduate program in the College of Media & Communication is based on a holistic assessment of the student’s promise for success in graduate-level work in media and communication. Materials reviewed include the personal statement, letters of recommendation, GPA and GRE scores. GRE scores neither ensure admission nor automatically disqualify an applicant. As of Jan. 24, 2013, the GRE requirement has been waived for all domestic prospective students applying for the Mass Communications M.A. and the Online M.A. in Stretegic Communication & Innovation with undergraduate GPAs of 3.0 or above Evidence of language skills is particularly important because these skills are essential to success in any communications program.

International students must submit TOEFL scores of at least 550 (75 on the modified TOEFL).

2. In addition to materials submitted to the Graduate School, applicants for the M.A. program should submit the following to the College of Media & Communication:


  • Written personal statement,and resume
  • A description of academic and professional experiences in media and communication,
  • 2 people must complete the online recommendation form


  • writing samples
  • Samples of academic or professional work in media and communication.*

Students applying for an M.A. in Mass Communications or an M.A. in Communication Studies who would like an appointment as a graduate assistant or who will seek financial assistance should submit their applications at least six months prior to the date they plan to begin classes.

*Tapes, disks and portfolios should not be submitted

Curriculum Requirements
& Core Courses

The thesis program is 30 hours and requires 24 hours of coursework and a minimum of 6 hours of thesis credit. The 25 hours of coursework must include the 10-hour core described below.

The non-thesis program requires 30 hours of coursework, which must include the 9-hour core described below.

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