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CoMC Graduate Degrees Offerings

The College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University offers a doctoral program and three master's degree programs.

Whether you're pursuing a career in academia, or looking to advance your professional career, our unique programs will provide you with essential skills and knowledge through innovative, hands-on learning opportunities, and professional, practical and academic coursework.

With expert faculty and unrivaled facilities, our graduate programs challenge students to advance their knowledge and skills in diverse, supportive environment. Many of our master's programs and graduate certificates can be completed in a fully-online or hybrid environment so that students can complete their coursework from anywhere, anytime.

Ph.D. in Media & Communication 

The Doctor of Philosophy in Media & Communication combines broad-based research and theory into a exceptional program where students gain one-on-one attention from internationally-recognized faculty. By following the program of study, a doctorate can be earned in three years. Deadlines for Fall Start: January 15th

M.A. in Mass Communication

This yearlong, 30-hour M.A. in Mass Communication program gives students the opportunity to choose between two tracks: a traditional research-based thesis track and a professional non-thesis track that allows students to focus on their area of interest.

M.A. in Communication Studies

This 36-hour M.A. in Communication Studies program deepens students' understandings of the role human communication plays in interpersonal, cultural, organizational, and public contexts to prepare graduates for a variety of career paths.

M.A. in Strategic Communication & Innovation

This 30-hour M.A. in Strategic Communication & Innovation online program is focused on preparing students for senior level positions as strategic communicators in today's global and digital environment. This program can be completed fully-online.

Apply to Our Graduate Program

Learn more about our application requirements.

Application Deadlines

For the MA in Mass Communications and MA in Strategic Communication:

  • For Spring Start—application deadline Dec. 1
  • For Summer Start—application deadline May 1
  • For Fall Start—application deadline Aug. 1

For the PhD program:

  • For Fall Start—January 15

Research Opportunities & Facilities

Through ground-breaking research, scholarship and creative activity, our exceptional faculty and students advance our missions of education, discovery, creativity and innovation and solidify Texas Tech University's position as a premier public research university. Learn more about our areas of research, our research faculty, and our state-of-the-art research facilities and technologies.


Living in Lubbock

Lubbock is home to award-winning wineries, local and national restaurants, a thriving arts community and a buzzing live music scene. Lubbock's average commute is just 16 minutes, and the city offers a readily available public transit system and an extensive bike path network near the university. Lubbock is convenient to Lake Alan Henry, Palo Duro Canyon, Big Bend National Park and the Rocky Mountains. Grad


Student Life, Resources & Opportunities

The College of Media & Communication fosters a culture of excellence built around local and global impact, innovative research and student success. In addition to the opportunities coordinated at the college, students have access to the professional development trainings and workshops offered by the Texas Tech graduate school and the University Career Center.

The CoMC graduate program offers a myriad of resources and opportunities, including: a one-of-a-kind graduate study abroad program that provides real-world international consulting experiences, a CoMC Graduate student organization dedicated to both professional and social development, small class-sizes with a low student-teacher ratio for focused instruction, access to industry software and computer labs, and use of our premier, state-of-the-art research facilities, the Center for Communication Research.

Graduate Funding, Assistantships & Financial Aid

The College of Media & Communication offers a variety of internal funding opportunities, including scholarships, fellowships and graduate assistantship assignments.

Ph.D. and M.A. assistantships involve a variety of duties including, but not limited to: serving as an instructor, assisting faculty with specific courses, and assisting faculty with research projects. An assistantship offers students the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on teaching and research experience, while receiving a generous funding package and tuition fee waivers. Learn about the funding, financial aid and assistantship opportunities available for both our Master's students and our Doctoral students.

All Ph.D. applicants are considered for funding without any additional application. For M.A. students, an application is required to serve as a research or teaching assistant. These assistant positions pay a stipend of $5,000 per semester and waive many fees greatly reducing the cost of attending. Funding also allows out-of-state students to pay in-state rates.

Generally, students must be present in Lubbock to receive funding, and funded students can hold no other outside employment without permission from the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. Funded students work 20-hours per week teaching lab classes, helping faculty teach their courses, helping faculty conducting research, or some combination of task. Submit an application for MA-Level Assistantship Funding.

In addition, CoMC offers a variety of scholarships and fellowships, and students may apply for additional grants, scholarships and fellowships from Texas Tech University.

Student Coursework & Outcomes

Our programs prepare graduates for careers as educators, researchers, and/or communication professionals.

Recent graduates of our M.A. programs have found success as Marketing Directors, Social Media Specialists, Data Analysts, Athletics Program Producers, Instructors and Community Relations Managers.

Graduates of the CoMC Ph.D. program may find success in any communication-related profession that requires research skills, though most of our Ph.D. graduates enter academic teaching and research careers. Read more about Ph.D. program graduate placements.


While each program has its own requirements, all of our graduate degrees encourage students to choose elective courses that complement their interests and career goals. Prior coursework from other universities and credit for internships may be applied towards degree requirements, if applicable.

Learn about the coursework requirements for each program:

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Fill out the contact form to get in touch with a graduate advisor today! Submit your information to learn more about our graduate certificates, M.A. Programs, or Ph.D. program. Find more contact information for the CoMC Office of Graduate Studies. 

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