The College of Media & Communication offers both the Ph.D. and M.A. The Ph.D. degree is designed to prepare students for careers in communications research and academia. Doctoral study focuses on the integration of different media, communications technologies, theories and disciplines. Completion of the Ph.D. requires 87 hours of graduate study after the baccalaureate degree or 60 hours of graduate study after the master's degree including 12 hours dedicated to a traditional research-based dissertation.
The master’s degree is designed to prepare students to enter the communications industry or to continue studies toward the Ph.D. degree. Depending upon courses selected, graduate students are prepared for careers or advanced study in the fields of media (journalism, publishing and electronic communications), advertising, public relations and related fields. Master’s students are offered three curriculum options: A 31 hour program of course work which includes 6 hours of credit for a traditional research-based thesis; a sport and media option that requires 37 hours of course work including credit for a 6 hour master’s level professional project; or a program of 37 hours of course work culminating in a comprehensive examination.
Students seeking admission to the graduate program should consult the dean of the College of Media & Communication or the College’s graduate coordinator before enrolling in any courses.
Upon entering the school’s program, graduate majors may be required to take undergraduate or graduate leveling work. This requirement will depend on the student’s prior academic or professional experience in mass communications. Leveling courses must be taken in addition to the graduate-hour requirements noted in the program options above. Students should consult the graduate coordinator regarding these requirements.
For more information contact
Associate Dean for Graduate studies
College of Media & Communication
Texas Tech University
PO Box 43082
Lubbock, Texas 79409