Texas Tech University

Master of Arts in Mass Communication

Students seeking the Master of Arts in Mass Communication at Texas Tech University must follow the guidelines in the Catalog of the Graduate School.

Specific guidelines of the College of Media & Communication are described below. Use these guidelines to assist in our application, to determine requirements and to monitor your progress through the program.

The Purpose of an M.A.

The Master of Arts in Mass Communication degree is designed to prepare students to enter the communications industry or to continue studies toward a Doctor of Philosophy 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.

MA students are offered two curriculum options: a traditional research-based thesis program or a professional non-thesis program. All programs are 30 credit hours. The thesis program requires 24 hours of coursework and a minimum of six hours of thesis credit. The thesis is comprehensive original research and typically takes a full summer or regular semester to complete. Coursework must include three required courses:  MCOM 5366, MCOM 5364 and MCOM 5374.

The professional non-thesis program includes coursework that concludes with a capstone final project course. This course will be taken in the student's final semester and will require a practicum/ internship, portfolio, directed readings, or an applied research project. The sports media option is a track within the professional program. A typical curriculum in this track includes not only coursework but also an internship in sport and media.

Master of Arts Program Tracks

Sports Media Track

The sports media track assists students in obtaining jobs in the fast-growing sports entertainment industry. Sports media track details.

Thesis Track

The thesis track prepares students for in-depth studies in theory and research as well provides the foundation for the pursuit of a Ph.D. degree. Thesis track details.

General Professional Track

The general professional track allows students to develop additional professional skills across a variety of media fields. General professional track details.

More Information

At our website, www.depts.ttu.edu/comc, you will find more information and applications, plus links to Texas Tech's Graduate School Web site. For the Graduate Catalog and Course Schedule, go to www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications. Please print the applications and start preparing them. After you look at the Web site, please contact the Graduate Advisor if you have questions.

Coy Callison, Ph.D.
Professor
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
coy.callison@ttu.edu
(806) 742-3385