Jun 22, 2021
Major in Communication
(Major Code: 5205)
M.A. Degree Requirements
(See requirements in the “Graduate Catalog”.)
If a student has a 3.0 GPA, the GRE can be waived.
In addition to University requirements for graduate admission, the applicant must submit the following:
- Cover sheet that includes name, telephone number(s), email address, mailing address and overall undergraduate GPA of the applicant.
- A one- to two-page, double-spaced, typed essay that includes discussion of:
- What qualities or experiences has the applicant had that make the applicant a good candidate for graduate study?
- Plans of the applicant for using the graduate communication degree.
- Evidence of merit of the applicant (for example, GPA, communication internships, community service, membership in Lambda Pi Eta, etc.)
- A photocopy of the applicant’s Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
- International students, before applying to the M.A. degree program in speech, must contact the WTAMU International Student Office at 806-651-2073 and inquire about both the application procedures and TOEFL exam policies/requirements.
- Photocopies of the applicant’s transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. NOTE: The program requires 24 hours of undergraduate course work in communication or a closely related field. Students who do not have the 24 hours may be subject to a certain amount of leveling courses or be asked to provide evidence in support of a waiver of these requirements.
- At least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member, supervisor, etc.
Submit applications to:
Director of Graduate Studies in Communication
Department of Communication
West Texas A&M University
WTAMU Box 60754
Canyon, Texas 79016-0001
For more information, contact the department at 806-651-2798.
M.A. Degree in Communication
- Choose six hours of COMM electives or from courses external to the Communication Program at the discretion of the graduate adviser.
- Thesis Option: Choose nine hours from COMM electives which may include or and six hours of thesis (COMM 6301 and COMM 6302 or COMM 6303 ).
- Non-Thesis Option: Choose 12 hours of COMM/MCOM electives which may include or and complete COMM 6304 —Research Project in Applied Communication.
Plan I (Thesis)
- 30 semester hours of course work plus six hours of thesis (COMM 6301 and either COMM 6302 or COMM 6303 ).
- Students will present an oral defense of their theses to satisfy the comprehensive exam requirement.
Plan II (Non-Thesis)
- 36 semester hours, including the 15-hour core.
- 24 of the 36 semester hours must be at the 6300 level.
- Completion of COMM 6304 , including a public presentation of research results to satisfy the comprehensive exam requirement.
With approval of the graduate director, the student may elect a minor field of study consisting of a maximum of six semester hours.