Master of Arts - Communication

Master of Arts in Communication

Communication is the transmission of impressions, ideas, and information from one human to another. It may take place directly through live interaction, or indirectly through writing, telecommunications, or computer-mediated technology.  It remains the skill set most in demand by employers in business and industry nationwide.

While many graduate programs focus narrowly on a single approach to communication or media studies, graduate and professional students today need integrated programs of study offering multiple frameworks of analysis and a comprehensive range of critical, research, experiential, and practical skills. 21st Century workplaces require generalists to adapt rapidly to new environments and technologies.

Texas has the fifth-highest employment level of media and communication workers in the country, contains the sixth most concentrated metropolitan area by employment level in this field, and pays these professionals the seventh-highest annual mean wage of all states nationwide.

All courses are offered in a hybrid/blended format, allowing you to learn conveniently from wherever you are!

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Communication Jobs and Careers

  • Advertising
  • Consulting
  • Community Affairs
  • Communication Education
  • Corporate Communications
  • Events Management
  • Journalism
  • Lobbying
  • Marketing Research
  • Media Relations
  • Public Affairs
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Social Marketing
  • (and many more)

Featured Courses


COMM 501 - Communication Research Methods

This is a course designed to investigate many of the methodological designs used by communication scholars including both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Experimental and non-experimental designs, data gathering procedures such as questionnaires, physiological and behavioral measures are studied. Qualitative measures including participant observation, focus groups, life histories, textual methodologies and in-depth interviews are examined. Perspectives for the philosophical and theoretical assumptions underlying each methodology are focal issues.

COMM 525 - Intercultural Communication

Exploring the nature of communication within and between cultures, this course serves as an introduction to foundational and contemporary concepts, practices, and processes of intercultural communication, methods of critical intercultural analysis, and the scholarly field of intercultural communication. The course will challenge students to think about their own cultural assumptions and examine the ways in which these assumptions differ from those held by people in other cultures. The class will engage these topics through multiple and diverse readings, class discussions, reflective writing assignments, and in-and after-class research activities.

COMM 560 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Emerging Media

This course is a detailed exploration of communication law and ethics with respect to electronically mediated communication in general and emerging social and digital media in particular. 

COMM 565 - Digital Applications in Emerging Media

This class focuses on the intersection between Emerging Media theory and practice and may focus on such digital tools as SPSS and the software within Adobe Creative Suite.