University of Texas at Arlington

Department of Communication

MA Communication Degree Requirements

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 defense of the program.

Non-Thesis/Coursework Option: 36 semester hours total

36 semester credit hours of coursework. The final comprehensive examination will consist of a written and oral defense of the program.

The Graduate Student Handbook contains other important and more detailed information regarding the program.

Required Courses

The following courses are required of all students in the program:

  • COMM 5300 Advanced Theories in Communication
  • COMM 5305 Communication Research Methods
  • COMM 5306 Qualitative Research Methods

Elective Courses

Thesis: select at least 9 hours from the following communication electives, and at least 9 hours from communication or other areas.

Non-thesis/Coursework Only: select at least 21 hours from the following communication electives and at least 9 hours from communication or other areas.


Choose from the following courses to meet degree requirements.

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 Advanced Web Site Communication
  • COMM 5335 Advanced Professional Communication
  • COMM 5335 Global Communication
  • COMM 5341 Media Management
  • COMM 5345 Communication Campaigns
  • COMM 5392 Seminar (topic varies from semester to semester; may be repeated when topic changes)

Other Electives: Up to 9 hours may be taken from the following:

  • 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

*In addition to the above, students may petition to take elective graduate courses in other departments; however, they must file a formal request with the graduate advisor who will present the petition to the Graduate Studies Committee for approval.