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 Graduate School academic catalog.

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 30-hour Master of Arts in Mass Communication program is designed to prepare students to succeed in the communications industry or to continue studies toward a Doctor of Philosophy degree. Depending upon courses selected, graduate students are prepared for careers and advanced study in media and communication fields, journalism, publishing, advertising, public relations, and other related industries.

Students in the Mass Communication master's program are offered two curriculum options: a traditional research-based thesis track or a professional non-thesis track. Both tracks are 30 credit hours.

The thesis track 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 track includes two required courses, seven elective courses and concludes with a capstone final project course, MCOM 6050. This course will be taken in the student's final semester and will require the completion of an applied research project. The sports media focus is an option within the professional program that includes not only coursework but also an internship in a sports communication setting.

Mass Communication M.A. Program Tracks

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.

Professional Track

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

Sports Media Focus

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

Apply Now!

Visit the application page for more information about applying to the Mass Communication master's program, and for links to the Texas Tech Graduate School website.

More Information

For the Graduate Catalog and Course Schedule, go to www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications.

Fill out the graduate inquiry form at http://choosegrad.ttu.edu/inquiryform to receive additional communications, application information and event registration details. 

Have Questions? Contact our Graduate Program MA Adviser:

Mary Stevenson Norman
Assistant Professor of Practice
& Coordinator of TTU CoMC MA Programs