There are a number of master’s in communication tracks students can pursue at Texas State University in San Marcos. This page features in-depth interviews with three graduates of the school’s MA in Communication Studies program. To give prospective students an inside look at what the program has to offer, we asked Texas State alumni Susannah Bannon, Tianna Cobb, and Christopher Wernecke a series of questions related to why they chose to pursue their master’s at Texas State, how this particular program is structured, their experience preparing for and taking their comprehensive exams, advice they have for future students, and more.
Texas State’s MA in Communication Studies program offers areas of study in Organizational Communication, Rhetorical Studies, Communication Training and Development, Health Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Instructional Communication. For detailed insights into the program, check out the interviews below.
Interview with Christopher Wernecke - 2016 Graduate
Christopher Wernecke graduated from the Master of Arts in Communication Studies program at Texas State University in 2016. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Georgia State University, studying rhetoric and politics, and teaching undergraduate communication courses.
"While the program produces Ph.D. program acceptance rates of upwards of 100%, the focus of the program is what you want to make it. Most of my cohort went on to pursue a career in the corporate sphere – and each one of them will tell you that graduating with a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies has paid serious dividends."
Interview with Susannah Bannon - 2014 Graduate
Susannah Bannon earned her master’s degree in 2014 through Texas State University’s Master of Arts in Communication Studies program. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, while also serving as Director of Communications for the Texas Inmate Families Association.
"The Teaching and Learning academy at Texas State made me the educator I am today (a good one). I have had an amazing experience over the last six years, teaching at both Texas State and the University of Texas, and really do feel like I owe that to what I learned as a new teacher at Texas State."
Interview with Tianna Cobb - 2017 Graduate
Tianna Cobb earned her master’s through Texas State University’s Master of Arts in Communication Studies program. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma with a focus on Organizational and Interethnic Communication.
"I knew Texas State was a perfect fit not only for my academic interest but also personally. Everyone was so welcoming and enthusiastic to answer any questions I had regarding the program. Further, the head of department at the time personally addressed any of the concerns I had about the program. I also spent time with the current graduate students, and I was drawn in by the collaborative nature each of the students had with one another."