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Graduate Study

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Graduate Catalog | 2005-2007
College of Communication

Communication Studies

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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 Information Technology Services, specialized libraries such as the Wasserman Public Affairs Library, an extensive collection of manuscripts of twentieth-century writers, and a major oral history collection.

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Areas of Study

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

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Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2004-2005.

Dawna I. Ballard
Larry D. Browning
Barry Brummett
Richard A. Cherwitz
Dana L. Cloud
John Daly
Loril M. Gossett
Roderick P. Hart
Sharon E. Jarvis
Mark L. Knapp
Laurie Lewis
Madeline Maxwell
Matthew McGlone
David Nino
Craig R. Scott
Rachel Smith
Juergen K. Streeck
Anita L. Vangelisti
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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.

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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.

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Dual Degree Programs

Master of Arts/Master of Arts with a Major in Latin American Studies

This dual degree program allows students to study the relationships between the theories and processes of communication and issues pertinent to an understanding of the histories and current policies of the societies and cultures of Latin America. It is designed to meet the need for specialists with multidisciplinary knowledge of Latin American affairs and mastery of the principles and techniques of communication.

The student must complete thirty-three semester hours of coursework in communication studies and thirty hours of coursework in Latin American studies, including a summer internship in Latin America and a thesis on a topic involving both fields. The communication studies program may require additional background work.

To be admitted to the dual degree program, the student must pass a language proficiency examination in either Spanish or Portuguese. A joint committee composed of faculty members from the Department of Communication Studies and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies selects students for admission. Students must be accepted by both programs before admission to the dual program.

Master of Arts/Master of Business Administration

This dual degree program is designed to develop leaders for an increasingly complex world. The program exposes students both to the issues and principles involved in communication and business and to the skills and techniques needed for efficient and effective management. The student must complete a total of sixty-nine semester hours of coursework in the Department of Communication Studies and the McCombs School of Business. The communication studies program may require additional hours of background work.

A joint committee composed of faculty members from both the Department of Communication Studies and the McCombs School of Business selects students for admission. Students must be accepted by both programs before admission to the dual program.

Upon admission to the dual degree program, the student must pay a nonrefundable enrollment deposit to indicate that he or she accepts the offer of admission. The deposit serves to confirm the student's intention of enrolling in both programs and is applied to the payment of fees when the student enrolls. Students who demonstrate financial need may qualify for assistance to cover the deposit.

Master of Arts/Master of Public Affairs

The purpose of this dual degree program is to allow students to study the relationships among the theories and processes of communication and a variety of public policy issues. It is designed to meet the need for public policy analysts with an understanding of the principles and techniques of communication and to equip communication specialists with an understanding of the public policy process. Students are expected to complete a total of sixty-nine semester hours of coursework in the Department of Communication Studies and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, including a master's report and a summer internship.

Admission to the public affairs program is considered by an Admissions Committee made up of faculty members and second-year students. Admission to the communication studies program is considered by the program's Graduate Studies Committee. After the student has been admitted to each program, a decision on his or her application to the dual program is made by consultation between the two programs.

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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: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program, Department of Communication Studies, 1 University Station A1105, Austin TX 78712

E-mail: lbrowning@mail.utexas.edu

URL: http://www.utexas.edu/coc/cms/

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