Communication

College of Liberal Arts

 

Chair Charla Markham Shaw

 

Web www.uta.edu/communication/

Email comm@uta.edu

Phone 817.272.2163

 

118 Fine Arts

Degrees / Certificates

Master’s Degrees

Communications, M.A.

Graduate Faculty

Associate Professor

Thomas Christie

Andrew Clark

Tom Ingram

Chyng-Yang Jang

Charla Markham Shaw

Eronini Megwa

Assistant Professor

Karishma Chatterjee

Dustin Harp

Erika Pribanic-Smith

Chunke Su

Mark Tremayne

Shelley Wigley

Senior Lecturer

Brian Horton

Graduate Advisors

Thomas Christie

Communications, M.A.

Department Information

Courses

 

Department Information

Objective

Admission Standards

Degree Requirements

 

Objective

The Master of Arts in Communication program includes the areas of Communication Studies and Mass Communication. It is designed to meet the educational needs of recent graduates and professionals.

The program’s curriculum emphasizes the integrated nature of the communication discipline. For example, the program offers education in the management of media resources, the changing role of media and technology in an information society, and a theoretical and ethical framework for considering the impact of media on society.

Educational and organizational professionals can focus on working with both external and internal constituencies and communication processes of management, training and development, and human resources. A broader knowledge of communication processes at the interpersonal, organizational, and mass media levels provides the opportunity for career enhancement and/or further graduate studies.

 

Admission Standards

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
Admission Criteria Unconditional Probationary

GPA on last 60 hours of Undergraduate Program

(as calculated by Graduate School of UT Arlington)

3.3 3.0 [1] 2.8-2.99
GRE Evaluated Evaluated Evaluated
3 letters of recommendation Evaluated Evaluated Evaluated
Essay Evaluated Evaluated Evaluated

Administration

[1] Minimum undergraduate GPA requirement for unconditional admission is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Students not meeting unconditional criteria will be reviewed by a committee of Chair of the Department of Communication, Graduate Advisor, and Graduate Program Committee. The committee will review the following: a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 (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. The committee will make a final admission decision and document that decision for the student record.

Unconditional Admission

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.

Probationary Admission

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.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements.

Deferred Status

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 Criteria

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:

  1. New students coming to UT Arlington in the fall of each semester.
  2. Have a GPA of at least 3.0 in their last 60 hours of their bachelor’s degree program.
  3. Minimum 3.0 GPA in graduate credit hours.
  4. Enrolled in a minimum of 6 semester hours in the long semesters.

 

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Communication degree offers non-thesis/coursework and thesis options. The non-thesis/coursework option will require 36 hours of coursework. The thesis option will require 30 hours that will include 24 credit hours of coursework and a 6-credit-hour thesis. A final comprehensive examination will be required of students in all options.

Courses required of all students in the program in the first semester:

 

COMM 5300 Advanced Theories in Communication 3
COMM 5305 Communication Research Methods 3
  Total 6

Course required of all students in the program in the second semester:

COMM 5306 Qualitative Research Methods* 3

*An advanced quantitative research methods course from another department may be substituted for this course with the permission of the communication graduate advisor

Courses students may elect to take:

Thesis Option:Select at least 6 hours from the following communication electives.

Non-Thesis/coursework Option: Select at least 18 hours from the following communication electives.

 

COMM 5310 Theories in Persuasion
COMM 5316 Corporate Communication Strategies
COMM 5320 Advanced Visual Communication
COMM 5321 Advanced Internet Marketing Communication
COMM 5323 Computer-Mediated Communication
COMM 5332 Advanced Professional Communication
COMM 5335 Global Communication
COMM 5341 Media Management
COMM 5345 Communication Campaigns
COMM 5346 Media and Public Policy
COMM 5347 Crisis Communication
COMM 5392 Seminar

Graduate courses outside the department may be taken with the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee. Students should submit a letter to the graduate advisor including course title, course description, and statement of value to the program of study.

Non-Thesis Option. (36 semester hours total) 36 semester credit hours of coursework are given. The final comprehensive examination will consist of an oral exam covering the coursework. Additional remedial work may be required if deemed necessary by the student’s committee. Students failing the examination will not be allowed to test again.

Thesis Option. (30 semester hours total) 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 prospectus and an oral defense of the thesis. Additional remedial work may be required if deemed necessary by the student’s committee.

 

COMM Courses

COMM5300 – ADVANCED THEORIES IN COMMUNICATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Advanced study of communication theories: interpersonal, organizational, mass media and intercultural.

 

COMM5301 – SUPERVISED TEACHING

0 Lecture Hours  ·  3 Lab Hours

Application of theory to the practices of teaching college courses in communication. Students will handle all aspects of the classroom including lecturing, conducting class discussions, issuing assignments, grading and assigning grades under the supervision of the course director. No unit credit will be allowed toward advanced degree.

 

COMM5305 – COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Study and application of communication research, design and methodology. Students will apply statistics in communication research and complete a research project/paper.

 

COMM5306 – QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Advanced study and application of qualitative communication research, design and methodology. Prerequisite: COMM 5300 and COMM 5305.

 

COMM5310 – THEORIES IN PERSUASION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

A comparison of traditional with contemporary behavioral science theories of persuasive discourse and their supporting research.

 

COMM5316 – CORPORATION COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Examines organizational communication strategies with special emphasis on how communication affects corporate constituencies. Corporate image and identity are linked to corporate advertising, press releases, financial communication, internal communication and crisis communication

 

COMM5320 – ADVANCED VISUAL COMMUNICATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Theory of visual communication in technical communication. Practice includes conceptualization, development and production

 

COMM5321 – ADVANCED INTERNET MARKETING COMMUNICATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Study of the use of information technology to optimize advertising, promotion, public relations and sales functions. Examines an infrastructure of the Internet and how it affects information retrieval, Web design, Web site management and Web site security. Discusses research strategies, usage trends and social implications

 

COMM5323 – COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Study of theoretical and practical issues associated with modern communication technology and computer-mediated communication in interpersonal and organizational communication contexts.

 

COMM5332 – ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Advanced study of the theory and practice in written and oral presentations with emphasis on the application of communication theory in organizational and technical professions. Development of strategic communication plans to influence audience perceptions and evaluate changes.

 

COMM5335 – GLOBAL COMMUNICATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Examination of verbal and nonverbal barriers to effective intercultural and international communication. Developing effective communication in advanced study of communication theories: interpersonal, organizational, mass media and intercultural contexts and exploring the definition and impact of global communication.

 

COMM5341 – MEDIA MANAGEMENT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Study of media policy and regulation; media, cultural, and management theories; media economics; accounting and finance; business strategy, management and marketing

 

COMM5345 – COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGNS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Advanced study of communication theories and research with the goal of developing strategic communication plans, including the selection of the appropriate vehicles and creative tactics. Team project required

 

COMM5346 – MEDIA AND PUBLIC POLICY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Advanced study of communication theories and research related to understanding the linkage between media, public opinion and public policy. Individual and/or team project required.

 

COMM5347 – CRISIS COMMUNICATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Advanced study of communication theories related to crisis communication and strategies used to communicate with stakeholders before, during and after crisis situations.

 

COMM5391 – CONFERENCE COURSE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Topic assigned on an individual basis, covering individual research or study in the designated areas. Can be taken no more than two times for credit. Prerequisite: permission of the department.

 

COMM5392 – SEMINAR

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Special topics. Topic varies from semester to semester. May be repeated when topic changes.

 

COMM5398 – THESIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Student completion of a research project on a subject of primarily theoretical interest, intended for an academic audience. Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of coursework and consent of thesis advisor.

 

COMM5399 – GRADUATE COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Practical training and experience in the field of communication. Applied communication research project is required. Course counts as an elective and has a pass/fail grade. No credit will be given for current employment, previous experience or activities. Prerequisite: Minimum nine graduate semester hours completed. Subject to departmental approval.

 

COMM5698 – THESIS

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Student completion of a research study on a subject of primarily theoretical interest, intended for an academic audience. Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of thesis proposal defense and consent of thesis advisor.