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Application & Program Requirements

Ph.D. in Media and Communication Application Process

Here are the steps you need to follow to apply.

  1. Fill out the graduate school application at (https://texastechgrad.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login). 
       
    1. Be sure to upload the following:
      • Resume
      • Cover letter stating your interest in applying and outlining your background. This letter can be short.
      • Personal Statement (250 words to 500 words describing why you want to pursue a Ph.D. degree, why you are interested in Texas Tech, and what you would outline as your area of research interests
      • Samples of academic / professional work in communication (if you have any)
  2. Ask three current or former professors/employers to recommend you to the program. The online system will ask you to enter the email addresses of the recommenders. They will have the opportunity to evaluate you on a set of scales, and they will also be asked to upload a letter of recommendation. The recommenders should not send their letter to the COMC graduate director; the letters must be uploaded into the system.
  3. Upload GRE scores, TOEFL scores (if required) and official transcripts from all of the colleges and universities that you have attended. You may also be prompted to mail some of those materials in to the Graduate School. The application portal will provide details.

About the March 1 Deadline

The official deadline for us to receive your application is March 1 for the first round of considerations. However, we look at applications as we receive them. As such we encourage applicants to submit all materials as soon as they are able.


Also, in rare circumstances, we will accept someone after the deadline has passed. If you have missed the deadline and would like to apply, contact Dr. Callison (coy.callison@ttu.edu). He will advise you from there.

Funding Information

All applicants who apply will be considered for the full funding package. Applicants do not need to submit a separate application for funding.

Texas Tech M.A. Students Applying to the Ph.D. Program

Students who are currently enrolled in an M.A. program in the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech must apply in order to transfer to the Ph.D. program. The admission standards for the Ph.D. program are more stringent than for the M.A., and not all M.A. students will be admitted to the Ph.D. program. 

Expected Background of Ph.D. Applicants

The CoMC graduate faculty believe that students with a variety of academic backgrounds are well qualified to pursue a Media and Communication Ph.D. While the majority of students in the program have a bachelor's or master's degree or both in a media and/or communication area, many students also come from extensive backgrounds in areas such as psychology, marketing, sociology, etc.

GRE Score Requirements

All Ph.D. program applicants must submit recent GRE scores (on the new scale of 130-170 per section). While GRE scores are not in and of themselves the most important part of your application, the CoMC graduate faculty does consider GRE scores in evaluating applicants. Successful applicants generally have a minimum combined score of 300 on the Quantitative Reasoning and the Verbal Reasoning Sections and a minimum of a 3.5 on the Analytical Writing Sections. Applicants with scores below these levels may still be accepted into the program depending on the overall strength of the remainder of the application. Scores above these levels do not guarantee acceptance.

 

Master's Degree or Graduate Certificate Application Process (any of the 4 programs)

Here are the steps you need to follow to apply.

  1. Fill out the graduate school application at (https://texastechgrad.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login). 
       
    1. Be sure to upload the following:
      • Resume
      • Cover letter stating your interest in applying and outlining your background. This letter can be short.
      • Personal Statement (250 words to 500 words describing why you want to pursue an MA degree or certificate, why you are interested in Texas Tech, and what you would outline as your area of interests
      • Samples of academic / professional work in communication (if you have any)
  2. Ask three current or former professors/employers to recommend you to the program. The online system will ask you to enter the email addresses of the recommenders. They will have the opportunity to evaluate you on a set of scales, and they will also be asked to upload a letter of recommendation. The recommenders should not send their letter to the COMC graduate director; the letters must be uploaded into the system.
  3. Upload GRE scores, TOEFL scores (if required) and official transcripts from all of the colleges and universities that you have attended. You may also be prompted to mail some of those materials in to the Graduate School. The application portal will provide details.

 

Application Deadlines

Admissions are rolling. US-based students should apply a minimum of 45 days prior to preferred start date.

The preferred application date is July 1 for the fall semester and Oct 1 for the spring semester. If you would like to apply after that date, please contact Associate Dean Coy Callison for direction. The College of Media & Communication will do its best to admit qualified applicants up to the start of the semester. International students need to have materials in much earlier due to a more lengthy verification process.

International applicants are encouraged to apply a minimum of four months prior to the preferred start date.

Although we will consider late applications, we encourage applicants to submit all materials as soon as they are able.

Director Contact Info

For the M.A. program in Mass Communication
Coy Callison, Ph.D. (806.834.5344) Media & Communication Building, Room 158

For the M.A. program in Communication Studies
Mark Gring, Ph.D. (806.834.3913) Media & Communication Building, Room 516

For the online M.A. program in Strategic Communication & Innovation
Kristi Gilmore, Ph.D. (806.834.8171) Media & Communication Building, Room 617

Expected Background of Applicants

For the M.A. in Mass Communication, the CoMC graduate faculty believe that students with a variety of academic backgrounds are well qualified to pursue a Mass Communication M.A. While the majority of students in the program have a bachelor's degree in a media and/or communication area, many students also come from backgrounds in areas such as psychology, marketing, sociology, etc.

For the M.A. in Communication Studies, applicants should have at least 12 hours in Communication Studies or a related field. At least 9 hours must be in non-forensics (speech and debate).

The online master's program in Strategic Communication & Innovation is targeted to communication professionals. We are dedicated to admitting students who are likely to be successful in the program and who will benefit from that success.

Funding Information

To apply for a funded position as a Teaching/Research Assistant please contact Bridget Christopherson.

Also, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online.