The College of Communication offers a Master of Arts and the Master of Science in three degree plans. Degree plans include Advertising and Public Relations, Journalism, and Communication Studies. Students interested either in continuing into a doctoral program or into professional development will find programs that prepare them for the future. Research and development are balanced with applied experiences in the Communication field. Located in the fifth largest media market in the United States, the graduate programs in the College of Communication at Texas Christian University offer diverse opportunities in a supportive and stimulating environment.
An applicant must possess a bachelor's degree from an institution regarded as standard by the university and a regional accrediting agency. For unconditional admission, the student must have satisfactory undergraduate preparation for the particular degree sought. This is determined by the chair of the department and the Associate Dean, College of Communication and includes a "B" average in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work or in all undergraduate work, a "B" average in the major field of study, and satisfactory scores on the appropriate standardized test required by the college. An application that is otherwise satisfactory may still be rejected if the intended major area has already accepted as many new students as its facilities can accommodate, or if it is felt that the program TCU provides is not suitable to the applicant's vocational goals.
The application will be considered complete when the following are received:
- Complete application
- Two certified transcripts mailed directly from the applicant's university to Director of Graduate Studies. This includes all undergraduate and graduate work from all colleges or universities attended.
- An application fee of $50.00 is required before the application can be processed.
- A statement of experience and vocational goals is required. This allows the department chair to adequately determine the suitability of the applicant with the graduate program.
- Three letters of recommendation. These provide the opportunity for additional attributes the applicant might possess to be considered in the admission process.
TOEFL scores 550 or better paper based, 213 computer based. Proof of financial support. Please see individual programs for other requirements.
Policy on Probational Status and Conditional Admission
Probation: Any graduate student who falls below a 2.75 grade point will be placed on probation the following semester. Special permission to continue probation past one semester must be made through the Associate Dean's Office. If a continuation is not accepted, the student will be suspended from the program in the next semester.
Conditional Admission: A conditional admission may be granted to students who may be weak in one of the admission criteria if they show strength in all other criteria. If students have a conditional admission, they must complete graduate work at a 2.75 or better in all of their classes in their first nine hours. Special permission to extend this conditional admission must be made in writing through the Associate Dean's office. Students who have not removed the conditions by the stated deadline will not be permitted to register for classes in the subsequent semester.
The grading policy for all graduate Communication courses is described by the following scale:
I - Designates course has not been completed and a final grade has not been assigned. The "I" must be removed within the first 60 days of the semester immediately following (With exception to the thesis or project in lieu of a thesis) or it is changed to an "F". Any extension must have written approval of the instructor of record and Dean of the College.
|Letter Grade ||Grade Point Weight |
Q - Removed from the course by the academic Dean
W - Officially withdrew from the course
AU - Officially audited the course
All graduate students are required to meet the academic standards set by the College of Communication faculty. Failure to do so will result in academic probation or suspension. Graduate students must achieve a grade point average of at least 2.75 each semester and on a cumulative basis throughout their program of study. A student who fails to meet this expectation will be placed on probation the following semester (excluding summer) and must achieve a cumulative grade point of 2.75. Failure to meet that expectation will result in the removal from the program with the right to appeal to the Dean of the College of Communication. If a graduate student in the College of Communication receives six hours of a grade of C+ or lower, the Associate Dean of the Graduate Programs for the College may dismiss the student from the program because of failure to make satisfactory academic progress.
Stipend/Tuition Waiver. This type of financial aid is not need based. Communication Studies uses a system of student demand. When a student issues a written statement requesting this type of assistance the department chair will assign the student to a faculty member providing the existence of available funding. Journalism reserves these awards for international students. The student will perform duties under the assigned faculty member generally consisting of TA teaching, test prompting and research.
Expectations of Stipend Awards
These are departmentally driven. The most common expectation is in undergraduate labs. In all departments the graduate students on a stipend are assigned to work with a faculty member. Typically, these students are assigned a lab to work in as they mentor students and oversee lab setup and breakdown. The number of hours assigned are directly related to the stipend. Each coordinator for the separate departments is responsible for keeping track of the graduate student's time and job as an assistant. The faculty who oversees the student will report to the coordinator.
Candidacy. This status is awarded when the student has completed a minimum of 9 graduate hours, maintained a graduate GPA of at least a 2.75, and secured approval from the department chair.