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Graduate Degree

Martha and Professor Jennifer S. at graduation

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A World of Opportunities

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers opportunities for media professionals and recent graduates to expand their education and training within the mass communication field.

At the heart of the program is storytelling. Students learn to tell stories across a variety of platforms utilizing a number of different tools.

The program enables students whose undergraduate major may not have been mass communication to gain digital skills (e.g., web design, digital storytelling, storytelling across platforms and writing) and a theoretical base for mass communication careers. The Master of Arts in Mass Communication is a professional master’s degree catering to working professionals. Students travel to campus two nights a week and then take courses online the other evenings.

Courses offered in the program address a variety of topics such as digital storytelling, applied research and theory, and a variety of other digital skills-based courses. In addition, students can select courses from outside the school to supplement their studies. Students may choose the thesis track, which requires 33 hours, or the professional project track, which requires 36 hours. Students can earn internship credits, study abroad credits, as well as independent study credits based on their interests.

More than 90% of students work full-time, attend school full-time, and manage to graduate in two years. Students attend full-time (3 classes or 9 hours per the fall and spring semesters) or part-time (2 classes or 6 credits per semester) depending on their situation. Students may go full-time one semester, and drop down to part-time the next semester depending of work and family obligations.

Here is an interview with the graduate advisor: Interview with Master's In Communications

Here are some testimonials from recent graduate students:



Yoojin C.

 I loved getting my master's degree at Texas State University. The program provided ample opportunities for me to learn new skills, dive deeper into subjects I'm passionate about, and work closely with professors who are experts in their fields. The Mass Communication program also offered a perfect balance between evening in-person courses and online courses, so the workload can be manageable with working full-time. I'm incredibly happy and proud to have my advanced degree from Texas State.

Yoojin C., Class of 2022

Martha H.

I can tell you that completing my Master's in Mass Communication at Texas State truly changed how I see the world and my place in it. As a working professional in the wireless industry I was looking to get an edge up and acquire cutting edge communication skills to allow me to grow my career. This program has allowed me that opportunity and I continue to reap the benefits.

Martha H., Class of 2022

Valerie F.

“I’ve been able to immediately apply what I’m learning in classes to my full-time job.”

Valerie F. Class of 2024