UTA's Master of Arts in communication is a unique theory and research-based program that blends the disciplines of communication studies and mass communication. Students work with the graduate advisor and committee to construct a unique program of study to meet their goals. Students may choose a thesis or non-thesis option to successfully fulfill program requirements.
About The Program
The Master of Arts in communication is designed to provide a means of career enhancement for media and organizational professionals and for students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. degree. Students can choose the thesis (30 credit hours) or non-thesis (36 credit hours) degree plan. The curriculum is designed to meet the educational needs of college graduates and media professionals who need more specialized training for career advancement into media management, and organizational professionals who need to extend their knowledge of communication processes across different contexts.
Senior Advertising/Public Relations Account Executive
Broadcast News Director/Producer
Senior Technology Instructor/Consultant
Communication/Client Relations/Marketing Manager
Human Resources Manager
Ph.D. Programs and Non-Academic University Positions (e.g., Lecturer, Advising, Student Life)
Social Media Strategy
Research and Public Policy
Why Choose Us?
Our 9:1 student-faculty ratio provides students with personalized attention from academic and professionally credentialed, award-winning faculty
All students graduating from our program have been accepted when applying to Ph.D. programs
Our program has the lowest tuition costs of comparable programs in the U.S. and U.K.
A flexible degree program that supports students' career goals
Professional friendly evening course schedules
Opportunities to gain research experience in faculty-led projects
Relationship-building with a cohort of professionals from the DFW area, the 5th largest media market in the U.S.
Coursework Option (36 Hours)
36 semester credit hours of coursework. The final comprehensive examination will consist of a written and oral defense of the program. The Graduate Student Handbook contains other important and more detailed information regarding the program.
Thesis Option (30 Hours)
24 semester credit hours of coursework and a thesis, for which 6 semester hours are given. The final comprehensive examination will consist of an oral defense of the thesis and an oral defense of the program.
All students in the program must take the following 3 courses:
COMM 5300 - Advanced Theories in Communication
COMM 5305 - Communication Research Methods
COMM 5306 - Qualitative Research Methods
Thesis: select at least 9 hours from the following communication electives, and at least 9 hours from communication or other areas.
Non-thesis/Coursework Only: select at least 21 hours from the following communication electives and at least 9 hours from communication or other areas.
COMM 5310 - Theories in Persuasion
COMM 5316 - Corporate Communication Strategies
COMM 5320 - Advanced Visual Communication
COMM 5321 Advanced Internet Marketing Communication
COMM 5323 Advanced Web Site Communication
COMM 5335 Advanced Professional Communication
COMM 5335 Global Communication
COMM 5341 Media Management
COMM 5345 Communication Campaigns
COMM 5392 Seminar (topic varies from semester to semester; may be repeated when the topic changes)
Possible Outside Electives
MARK 5311 Marketing
MARK 5320 Buyer Behavior
MARK 5326 Integrated Marketing Communication
MARK 5327 Research for Marketing Communication
MARK 5329 Sales and Sales Management
MARK 5340 Marketing Strategy
POLS 5315 American Political Institutions
POLS 5350 Topics in Political Behavior and Processes
In addition to the above, students may petition to take elective graduate courses in other departments; however, the student must file a formal request with the graduate advisor who will present the petition to the Graduate Studies Committee for approval.
Prospective students must apply for admission through, and supply all information required by the Graduate School. In addition, the following information will be considered in determining admission status into the program: undergraduate GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and an essay. All criteria are considered together; no single factor will eliminate a prospective student from consideration.
The following table outlines specific requirements for unconditional and probationary admission.
Graduate Admission Standards
GPA on last 60 hours of Undergraduate Program (as calculated by Graduate School of UT Arlington)
3 letters of recommendation
The minimum undergraduate GPA requirement for unconditional admission is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Students not meeting unconditional criteria will be reviewed by a committee of the Chair of the Department of Communication, Graduate Advisor, and Graduate Program Committee. The committee will review the following: undergraduate GPA (in last 60 hours of undergraduate work); GRE scores (verbal, analytical, and quantitative); letters of recommendation; and essay. An applicant who performs successfully on a majority of these criteria may be admitted on probation. While taking the GRE is encouraged, this requirement may be waived for UTA communication graduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. The committee will make a final admission decision and document that decision for the student record.
Criteria for unconditional admission status are designated in the previous table. Decisions on unconditional admission are made after considering the minimum GPA noted in the graduate admission standards and all other criteria noted in the preceding paragraph.
Criteria for probationary admission status are designated in the previous table. When on probation, students can make no grade lower than a 3.0 in their first 12 semester hours of graduate coursework.
An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements.
The deferred decision is granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.
Denial of Admission
An applicant will be denied admission if he or she has less than satisfactory performance on a majority of admission criteria listed in the previous table.
Fellowship selection will be based on the highest GPA in the last 60 hours of the bachelor’s degree program. Candidates for fellowships must meet the following criteria:
New students coming to UT Arlington in the fall of each semester.
Have a GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours of their bachelor’s degree program.
Minimum 3.0 GPA in graduate credit hours.
Enrolled in a minimum of 6 semester hours in the long semesters.