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Graduate Study

Admission and


of Study

Members of
Graduate Studies




Communication Studies

Degrees Offered
Master of Arts
Doctor of Philosophy

Facilities for Graduate Work

Facilities available in the Department of Communication Studies include two state-of-the-art audio laboratories; a library of more than two thousand audiotapes; a conversation library of about two hundred hours of interpersonal interaction, both audiotaped and transcribed; and an editing center equipped for making master recordings and for dubbing to and from audio cassettes, reel-to-reel tape, and videotape.

Additional facilities for training and research include Academic Computing, specialized libraries such as the Wasserman Public Affairs Library, an extensive collection of manuscripts of twentieth-century writers, and a major oral history collection.

Areas of Study

The master's and doctoral degree programs communication studies provide training in the following areas: interpersonal communication, organizational communication, rhetoric and language studies, and performance studies.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in communication studies is a research degree; doctoral students can expect opportunities to work closely with the faculty on research and to participate in the publication of research findings. All doctoral students are expected to achieve mastery of research design principles and methods appropriate to their program of study.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2000-2001.

Larry D. Browning
Richard A. Cherwitz
Dana L. Cloud
John Daly
Ronald W. Greene
Roderick P. Hart
Sharon E. Jarvis
Joni L. Jones
Mark L. Knapp
     Laurie Lewis
Madeline Maxwell
Lynn C. Miller
Monique Mitchell
Rajiv N. Rimal
Craig R. Scott
Jurgen K. Streeck
Anita L. Vangelisti

Admission Requirements

Entering students must have a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent) from an accredited institution, and their undergraduate preparation should include at least twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in communication studies. All applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the Graduate School given in chapter 2.

Satisfying these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Each applicant's credentials are scrutinized by each member of the faculty of the program. No single criterion, such as grade point average or GRE score, is given undue weight in the decision process; every attempt is made to assess the special strengths that the applicant might bring to the program.

Degree Requirements

With the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee and the graduate dean, work toward the major may be divided among two or more areas in communication. To be counted toward the degree, all coursework in the major must be at the graduate level and must be completed with a grade of at least B. Students in the master's degree program should complete all requirements for the degree in one or two years of graduate study; doctoral students should complete all requirements in three or four years of graduate study. Individual study programs must be arranged in consultation with the graduate adviser.

For More Information

Campus address: Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (Academic) (CMA) A7.114, phone (512) 471-1942, fax (512) 471-3504; campus mail code: A1105

Mailing address: Graduate Program, Department of Communication Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1089



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Graduate Catalog
Chapter 1 - Graduate Study
Chapter 2 - Admission and Registration
Chapter 3 - Degree Requirements
Chapter 4 - Fields of Study
Chapter 5 - Members of Graduate Studies Committees
Appendix - Course Abbreviations

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