Texas has 23 schools that offer a total of 32 master’s in communication programs. The majority of these programs are offered in a traditional campus-based format, although four of these programs are offered online. Universities throughout Texas from Canyon to Edinburg, El Paso, and Nacogdoches offer programs. Students interested in enrolling in a master’s in communication program in Texas have a wide range of specializations to choose from, including communication studies, strategic communication, health communication, interpersonal communication, technical communication, and public relations communication. All of the programs listed on this page are non-profit educational institutions that have received regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Campus-Based Master’s in Communication Programs in Texas

There are 22 schools offering campus-based master’s in communication programs throughout the state. Unlike several other states that may have universities with graduate programs in communication concentrated primarily or exclusively in metropolitan areas, the universities in Texas that offer master’s in communication programs are more dispersed across both large cities and more rural areas.

Master’s in Communication Programs in North Texas

Dallas Baptist University’s Graduate School offers a Master of Arts in Communication with concentrations in Communication Leadership, Communication for Ministry, Communication Studies, Marketing Communication, Organizational Communication Management, and Worship Studies. This program has a service, leadership, and religious focus, and includes core classes in advanced communication theory, group communication leadership, digital media communication, presentations, social media communication, and foundations of graduate communication studies.

In Fort Worth, Texas Christian University’s (TCU) Bob Schieffer College of Communication offers a Master of Science in Communication Studies. Students take required classes in communication research methods and theory before progressing to classes in areas such as communication and social cognition, social networking in relationship formation, and communication and social influence. Students can elect to complete a master’s thesis or a comprehensive exam as their final graduation requirement. TCU also offers a Master of Science in Strategic Communication that features core classes in communication management and leadership, communication theory and ethics, and global strategic communication. Students can then take classes such as advertising and consumer behavior, and public relations management. Students must complete a thesis or a capstone project to graduate.

Master’s in Communication Programs in Central Texas

In Waco, Baylor University’s Department of Communication offers a Master of Arts in Communication Studies with programs of study in Human Communication and Film and Digital Media. This program teaches students advanced topics in human communication and its role in organizational, sociocultural, and political contexts. Students can choose from courses in organizational communication, leadership in communication, public discourse and foreign policy, corporate communication, speech writing and delivery, and advanced rhetorical theory. Students have three options for their final graduation requirement: a master’s thesis, a professional project and accompanying paper, or a professional internship.

Texas State University in San Marcos offers three different master’s in communication programs through three separate departments. The Department of Communication Studies offers a Master of Arts in Communication Studies with areas of study in Organizational Communication, Rhetorical Studies, Communication Training and Development, Health Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Instructional Communication. The Department of English offers a Master of Arts in Technical Communication that focuses on preparing students to work in technical and scientific settings. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers a Master of Arts in Mass Communication with concentrations in Strategic Communication, Digital Media, Global Media, and Latinos and Media.

The University of Texas at Austin’s Moody College of Communication Studies offers a Master of Arts in Communication Studies with areas of study in Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication and Technology, and Rhetoric and Language Studies (with a focus in Political Communication). Courses in this program include classes in health information, conflict and communication, discourse analysis, communication and cognition, quantitative and qualitative research methods, advocacy, and non-verbal communication. For their final graduation requirement, students can choose between a master’s thesis, an extended literature review, or a capstone project.

Master’s in Communication Programs South Texas

In San Antonio, St. Mary’s University’s Department of English and Communication Studies offers a Master of Arts in Communication Studies with concentrations in Communication Theory & Research, Communication Studies, Media, Organizational Communications, and Public Relations. This program features many course options for each concentration and students across the concentrations have the option of completing a master’s thesis or an applied project for their final graduation requirement.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Department of Communication & Media offers a Master of Arts in Communication with tracks in Organizational Leadership, Strategic Communication, and Interpersonal Communication. This program features core classes that cover the fundamentals of communication scholarship, as well as advanced communication theory, research methodology, and cultural studies. Students then take decide on electives that fit their concentration and academic interests. All students must complete a comprehensive examination as their exit requirement, and may apply to complete a master’s thesis for course credit as part of their curriculum.

In Edinburg, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Department of Communication offers a Master of Arts in Communication, which is a flexible generalist program with electives that gives students options to prepare for careers in organizational, intercultural, interpersonal, public relations and marketing, mass media, and research-based communication careers. Students in this program take core classes in communication research and its applications, communication theory, and culture and communication, followed by electives in areas in different areas of communication. For their final graduation requirement, students must pass an oral and a written comprehensive exam.

The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Department of Communication offers a Master of Arts in Communication that prepares students for work in integrated communication in the private and public sectors. This program features areas of focus in Health Communication, Organizational Communication, New Media, International/Intercultural Communication, and Interpersonal Communication. Students must either complete a thesis or a capstone project in order to graduate.

The University of the Incarnate Word’s School of Media and Design, in San Antonio, offers a Master of Arts in Communication Arts with fields of study in Production, Print Media, and Convergent Media Delivery. All students, regardless of their chosen specialization, take classes in research and writing techniques, communication research methods, communication theory, and graduate studies in communication. Students either take a communication capstone course or complete a master’s thesis to graduate.

Master’s in Communication Programs in West Texas and the Panhandle

Abilene Christian University’s Department of Communication and Sociology offers a Master of Arts in Communication and a Master of Arts in Corporate Communication. The MA in Communication features core courses in communication theory, research methods, and rhetorical criticism, followed by electives in areas such as business and professional communication, gender communication, persuasion, and cultural case studies. The MA in Corporate Communication covers the theory and ethics of corporate communication, strategic communication management, strategic storytelling, crisis management in organizations, training and development, and organizational communication. Students attend two residencies that solidify their understanding of key concepts, and can choose between a thesis and a non-thesis option for their final graduation requirement.

In San Angelo, Angelo State University’s Department of Communication and Mass Media offers a Master of Arts in Communication. Students take classes in quantitative and qualitative research methods, communication theory, and rhetorical analysis, and can then take electives in areas such as teaching in higher education, legal and ethical issues in communication, crisis communication, professional communication, advocacy, health communication, advertising and public relations development, diversity in communication, and corporate training and leadership. Students in this program either take a comprehensive examination or complete a master’s thesis as their final requirement.

In Lubbock, Texas Tech University’s (TTU) College of Media & Communication offers a Master of Arts in Communication Studies and a Master of Arts in Mass Communications. The MA in Communication Studies features classes in organizational communication, theories of persuasion, critical research methods, and communication issues in healthcare. The MA in Mass Communications offers areas of focus in Advertising, Electronic Media, Journalism, Public Relations, and Sports Media, and features classes in strategic communication, media management, social media practices, and risk communication.

TTU’s Department of English also offers a Master of Arts in Technical Communication that offers both online and campus-based courses and has areas of emphasis in Rhetoric, Composition, and Technology; Technical Communication; Rhetorics of Science and Healthcare; Technology, Culture, and Rhetoric; and Visual Rhetoric, New Media, and User-Centered Design.

The University of Texas at El Paso’s Department of Communication offers a Master of Arts in Communication that has courses such as introduction to graduate studies in communication, quantitative and qualitative research methods in communication, media and society, new communication technologies, organizational communication, and intercultural and international communication. Students must either complete a master’s thesis or a project that is approved by graduate faculty, and all students must pass an oral examination.

In Canyon, West Texas A&M University’s Department of Communication offers a Master of Arts in Communication with areas of study in Corporate Communication, Mass Communication, Cultural Studies, and Public Relations. Students take core classes in rhetorical criticism, research methods, theories of communication, and the foundations of graduate communication studies. Students then choose electives such as corporate communication, the art of storytelling, organizational communication, contemporary issues in communication, media innovations, and gender communication. For their final graduation requirement, students can elect to complete a master’s thesis, a capstone research project, or a comprehensive examination.

Master’s in Communication Programs in East Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast

In Nacogdoches, Stephen F. Austin State University’s Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication offers a generalist Master of Arts in Communication that allows students to take classes according to their interests in areas such as interpersonal communication, public communication, media studies, and organizational communication. Students are required to take classes in communication theory and ethics, persuasive leadership, and mass media in society, followed by classes in areas such as meeting management, crisis communication, political communication, and rhetorical criticism. For their final graduation requirement, students can either complete a master’s thesis for credit or take additional coursework with their advisor’s approval.

The University of Texas at Arlington offers a Master of Arts in Communication with areas of study in Mass Communication and Communication Studies. Classes offered in this program include advanced theories and research methods in communication, theories in persuasion, corporate communication strategies, internet-based marketing communication, advanced professional communication, media management, communication campaigns, and global communication. Students can complete a thesis for credit or take additional approved coursework as their final graduation requirement.

The University of Texas at Tyler’s Department of Communication offers a campus-based Master of Arts in Communication with areas of focus in Journalism and Speech Communication. This program has courses in the literature of journalism, human communication theory, quantitative and qualitative research methods in communication, mass media and culture, leadership and group dynamics, non-verbal communication, and intercultural communication. Students have the option of completing a master’s thesis or a comprehensive examination as their final graduation requirement.

The University of Houston’s Jack J. Valenti School of Communication offers a Master of Arts in Communication with concentrations in Mass Communication Studies, Public Relations Studies, and Health Communication Studies. Students take core classes in quantitative and qualitative research methods, followed by electives that they choose in collaboration with an advisor, and which may cover concepts in mass communication, organizational communication, leadership in communication, health literacy, e-health and telemedicine, propaganda, and multicultural health communication. Students have both thesis and non-thesis options for their final graduation requirement; students of the non-thesis track must take a comprehensive examination.

In Denton, the University of North Texas’ (UNT) Department of Communication Studies offers a Master’s in Communication Studies with concentrations in Interpersonal/Organizational Communication, Performance Studies, and Rhetorical Studies. Students take classes such as pedagogy and communication, performative writing, communication and aging, and rhetorical methods and theories. Students must complete either a master’s thesis or a written and oral examination along with either an internship or a research paper. UNT’s Department of Technical Communication offers a Master of Arts in Professional and Technical Communication that features courses in visual technical communication, writing for the sciences, digital literacies, technical editing, and grant and proposal writing.

Online Master’s in Communication Programs for Residents of Texas

In addition to the many campus-based options for residents of Texas seeking their master’s in communication degree, there are three schools in Texas that offer online programs. Online programs may be a good option for students who do not want to commute to campus or who cannot commute to campus due to personal or work-related responsibilities. While online programs are typically more flexible than campus-based programs, they require more self-discipline and self-motivation from students to keep up with course materials and submit assignments by set due dates. Online degree programs are not for everyone, as some students may be better suited for the structure of traditional campus-based programs.

Sam Houston State University in Huntsville offers an online Master of Arts in Communication Studies with focus areas in Gendered Communication, Health Communication, Interpersonal and Family Communication, and Organizational Communication. The program features required courses in communication studies and research, statistical methods for communication, and advanced interpersonal and family communication, followed by electives in areas such as communication for business professionals, community communication, interpersonal communication, health communication, communication in virtual organizations, family communication, and relationship communication.

The Department of Mass Communication at Stephen F. Austin State University offers an online Master of Arts in Mass Communication that requires students to take classes in media research methods, media and society, media theory, and media law and ethics. Students then have the flexibility to take classes in areas such as media history, international media, advertising and public relations, journalism, broadcasting, and independent study. Students must complete either a master’s thesis or a media project for their final graduation requirement.

Texas Tech University’s College of Media and Communication offers an online Master’s in Strategic Communication and Innovation program with classes in mass communication theory, media management and entrepreneurship, strategic communication planning, organizational communication, and strategic global communication. Students complete a final applied research project that allows them to investigate a topic of interest within their field. TTU’s Department of English also offers an online version of its Master of Arts in Technical Communication that is equivalent in curriculum structure, course offerings, and specialization options to its campus-based program.

In addition to online master’s in communication programs offered at schools in Texas, there are numerous out-of-state online graduate degree options in this field. To learn more about these programs, including details on state authorizations and potential campus visit requirements, please refer to our Online Masters in Communication Programs resource page, which also features a comprehensive directory of all accredited online master’s in communication programs available in the nation.

Master’s in Communication Programs in Texas

Campus programs are defined as programs that have all of their instruction on campus, while Campus/Hybrid programs are defined as programs that blend on-campus and online/distance instruction, but whose courses are mostly campus-based. Online programs are defined as programs that are either 100% online with no campus visits, or those that require 1 to 2 campus visits per year. Online/Hybrid programs are defined as programs that require 3 to ~5 campus visits per year, with the rest of instruction taking place online.

Abilene Christian University

(Abilene)
Department: Department of Communication and Sociology
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Angelo State University

(San Angelo)
Department: Department of Communication and Mass Media
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Stephen F Austin State University

(Nacogdoches)
Department: Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication
Programs: Department: Department of Mass Communication
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Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

(Corpus Christi)

Texas Christian University

(Fort Worth)
Department: Bob Schieffer College of Communication: Department of Communication Studies
Programs: Department: Bob Schieffer College of Communication: Department of Strategic Communication
Programs:

The University of Texas at Arlington

(Arlington)

The University of Texas at Austin

(Austin)

The University of Texas at El Paso

(El Paso)

The University of Texas at Tyler

(Tyler)

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

(Edinburg)
Department: Department of Communication
Programs:

University of North Texas

(Denton)

University of the Incarnate Word

(San Antonio)