Communication Studies
Masterís Degree Programs


Graduate Opportunities

The graduate program in Communication Studies at the University of North Texas examines communication and the processes through which humans interact.

In doing so, we facilitate your command of theory and research, develop your research capabilities and prepare you for a variety of careers or further graduate study.

The Department of Communication Studies offers course work leading to a Master of Arts or Master of Science degree in Communication Studies. You can pursue concentrations in interpersonal/organizational communication, rhetorical studies and performance studies.

As you progress through the program, youíll use analytical, critical, qualitative and quantitative methodologies to explore communication from applied and theoretical perspectives. The necessary course work examines gender and diversity issues, narrative and social change, and political and social influence.

Gain new perspectives

Our faculty members are outstanding scholars with diverse approaches to studying communication. Our professors have won awards and research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the North Texas chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. They also coach intercollegiate debate; consult for organizations in the community, region and various parts of the nation; direct performances; and hold professional leadership positions. Their research interests include:

  • Argumentation studies
  • Critical and cultural studies of communication, cultural values, ideologies and politics
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Narrative studies
  • Performance studies
  • Rhetorical analysis and criticism of persuasive public communication in historical, political and cultural contexts
  • The role of communication in organizations, professions and groups

Youíll have opportunities to conduct research with faculty members using the Black Box Theatre/ Performance Space, Communication and Social Influence Research Office, Communication Studies Library and Computer Mediated Communication Lab. Opportunities to participate in regional and national festivals, professional conferences and internships may also be available.

A number of other resources are also available exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office offers writing help, and the Toulouse Graduate School offers a wide variety of professional development workshops each semester. Among the workshops is a Thesis Boot Camp. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.

Areas of emphasis

Interpersonal/organizational communication

This area examines the impact of communication theory in multiple interpersonal and organizational contexts. You explore how human communication influences cultures, groups and individuals. The goal is to blend theory, research and practical application while fostering development of analytical and applied skills in multiple contexts related to human communication.

Rhetorical studies

Through historical, critical and qualitative research, this concentration promotes understanding of communication phenomena. You examine how communication influences the formation and growth of every culture. This allows you to understand and contribute to a cultureís development.

Performance studies

As a primary mode of human experience, knowledge and action, performance often provides a strong sense of self and others. This leads to self-expansion and an enriched sense of cultural diversity. This area promotes an understanding of human beings and human cultures through critical, historical and empirical investigations; experiential learning in the classroom; and sharing discoveries with public audiences.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of communication studies, admission is open to students from a variety of undergraduate majors. Youíll need to meet the admission requirements for the graduate school, available at the graduate school website, and our departmentís specific requirements.

We conduct a holistic review for program admission. Admission requirements and procedures are outlined at our website. Undergraduate students anticipating graduate work in the department should take the GRE no later than the fall semester of their senior year. You may pursue a masterís degree on a full-time or part-time basis.

Degree requirements

Master of Arts or Master of Science degree

Thesis option
  • 30 credit hours of communication studies courses
  • 6 credit hours of thesis
  • Oral exam
Project option
  • 33 credit hours of communication studies courses
  • 3 credit hours of research in lieu of thesis
  • Written and oral comprehensive exams
Internship option
  • 33 credit hours of communication studies courses
  • 3 credit hours of a graduate internship
  • Written and oral comprehensive exams

If youíre pursuing the M.A., youíll need to meet a foreign language requirement.

Financial assistance

We offer teaching assistantships that provide valuable experience as a classroom teacher, debate assistant or performance assistant. Stipends for teaching assistants are competitive and include medical insurance benefits.

In addition, out-of-state and international students who receive assistantships are eligible to pay in-state tuition rates. Information about other financial assistance opportunities is available at the financial aid website.