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Grad Catalog 03-05


Graduate Study

Admission and


of Study

Members of
Graduate Studies




College of Communication


Degrees Offered
Master of Arts
Master of Fine Arts
Doctor of Philosophy

Facilities for Graduate Work

In addition to the extensive library and computer resources of the University, certain special resources provide support for graduate work in communication. Chief among these is the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center. Communication Building A (CMA) is a six-level building housing classrooms, offices, and sophisticated multimedia facilities. All of the instructional and office spaces are equipped with Ethernet. Communication Building B (CMB), a nine-level production building, houses Austin's public television station, KLRU, and the National Public Radio station KUT-FM. Also housed in Communication Building B are teaching and production facilities for the School of Journalism and the Department of Radio-Television-Film.

These facilities provide opportunities for programs of graduate study that cross departmental lines, that interrelate print and electronic media, or that combine the resources of the College of Communication in other ways not feasible in a single department. Additional facilities are listed in each graduate program's section below.

Areas of Study

Graduate work in the College of Communication may lead to the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, or the Doctor of Philosophy or may be taken as a supporting field for a graduate degree in an area outside the college. For the Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy, the student may major in advertising, communication sciences and disorders, communication studies, journalism, or radio-television-film; radio-television-film majors may seek the Master of Fine Arts. Advanced graduate work in communication may emphasize the processes of communication, or interdisciplinary combinations of areas of study, or appropriate subdivisions indicated by the courses taught and the specialties of faculty members.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university and may be required to complete up to twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in the area of the proposed graduate major. Each program reserves the right to examine the applicant orally or in writing or both regarding the subject matter prerequisite to graduate courses in the major.

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts usually requires thirty semester hours of graduate coursework, although additional courses may be required to make up deficiencies.

Master of Fine Arts

The Master of Fine Arts is available only in the area of video and film production. Information about the program is given in this catalog.

Doctor of Philosophy

The doctoral program cannot be defined in terms of a specific number of hours of credit, although a few core requirements may be stated. Beyond these core courses, the student is required to select a major area of study, to take courses recommended by an advisory committee in this area, and to pursue coursework in one or more supporting fields. The graduate programs in the college work closely together in the coordination of courses for the doctoral degrees in communication. Supporting fields are most commonly in the social and behavioral sciences, business, education, and linguistics, but the student may suggest other fields.

Core requirements include graduate courses in communication theory and research methodology specified by the departments. Foreign language or substitute research tool requirements are specified by Graduate Studies Committees. Students should consult the program's graduate adviser for specific requirements.

For More Information

Campus address: Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (Academic) (CMA) 4.130, phone (512) 471-5775, fax (512) 471-8500; campus mail code: A0900

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Office of the Dean, College of Communication, 1 University Station A0900, Austin TX 78712-0109




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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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12 August 2003. Office of the Registrar

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