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The University of Texas at Arlington
Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
Graduate Catalog 2004-2006
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     Note: This Catalog is superseded by the 2005-2006 Catalog.

Department of Communication

department web page: www.uta.edu/communication/
department contact: comm@uta.edu
graduate web page:
graduate contact:


Karin McCallum
118 Fine Arts


Areas of Study and Degrees


Master's Degree Plans

Thesis and Non-Thesis

Graduate Advisor

Earl Andresen (M.A. Program)
271 Fine Arts, 817.272.2652

Graduate Faculty


Andresen, McCallum

Associate Professor

Ingram, Markham Shaw, White

Assistant Professors

Cereijo, Christie, Clark, Jang, Schrodt, Segvic, Witt, Zwarun


The Master of Arts in Communication is designed to provide a means of career enhancement for media and organizational professionals. The program includes the areas of Communication Technology, Communication Studies, and Media Management and is designed to meet the educational needs of recent undergraduates, media professionals who need more specialized training for career advancement into media management, and organizational professionals who need to extend their knowledge of communication processes at the interpersonal, organizational, and mass media levels. The program is designed to be flexible so that specific needs and goals of students may be supported. All students complete foundation courses in communication and research methods, and work with the Graduate Advisor to select courses in communication, marketing, and political science that support their goals. Specifically, the program's curriculum incorporates communication principles with the technology required in business and industry today and emphasizes the integrated nature of the communication discipline.

The program offers specialized education in the management of media resources, the changing role of the media in an information society, and a theoretical and ethical framework for considering the impact of the media upon society.

Organizational professionals can focus on working with both external and internal constituencies and communication processes of management, training and development, and human resources.

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
GPA on last 60 hours of Undergraduate Program
(as calculated by Graduate School of UTA)
3.0 [1]
3 letters of recommendation



[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 will 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.

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 U.T. 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 both thesis and non-thesis options. The thesis option will require 30 hours that will include 24 credit hours of coursework and a 6-credit-hour thesis. The non-thesis option will require 36 hours that will include 33 credit hours of coursework and a 3-credit-hour project. A final comprehensive examination will be required of students in both options.

Courses required of all students in the proposed program:

COMM 5300 Communication Theory 3
COMM 5305 Communication Research 3
Total 6

Courses freely elected by students:

Thesis Option: Select at least 9 hours from the following communication electives.

Non-Thesis Option: Select at least 21 hours from the following communication electives.

COMM 5192, 5292, 5392 Seminar
COMM 5310 Persuasion
COMM 5316 Corporate Communication
COMM 5320 Visual Communication
COMM 5321 Internet Marketing Communication
COMM 5323 Advanced Web Site Communication
COMM 5332 Professional and Technical Communication
COMM 5335 Intercultural/International Communication
COMM 5341 Media Management
COMM 5345 Communication Campaigns


Up to 9 hours may be from the following or other approved courses outside the department.

MARK 5311 Marketing
MARK 5320 Buyer Behavior
MARK 5326 Integrated Marketing Communication
MARK 5327 Research for Marketing Communication
MARK 5329 Sales and Sales Management
MARK 5340 Marketing Strategy
POLS 5315 American Political Institutions
POLS 5350 Topics in Political Behavior and Processes

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 and an oral exam.

Non-Thesis Option. (36 semester hours total) 33 semester credit hours of coursework and a project for which 3 semester credit hours are given. The final comprehensive examination will consist of a written and/or oral exam covering the coursework and project.

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses in Communication (COMM)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes. Please refer to www.uta.edu/schedule for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

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