Master's Degree

Communication (M.A.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The University of Texas at San Antonio offers a generalist Master’s degree with courses focused on new media, health, organizational, international, intercultural, interpersonal and small group communication. The Master of Arts Degree in Communication offers students the opportunity for advanced study in Communication. This program is grounded in the concept of integrated communication; it encourages students' development of broad perspectives in applying research, discovery, critical thinking, and creative enterprise of individuals and groups in a variety of settings. The faculty intends to develop students' knowledge and skills in communication that are requisite for success in leadership, scholarship, and/or creative endeavors in business, public sector, and non-profit environments.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Upon the recommendation and approval of the graduate advisor, students will pursue one of three degree options: a Thesis option, a Project option, or a Comprehensive Examination Only option. The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree is 36, exclusive of coursework or other study required to remove admission deficiencies.

Admission requirements and pre-requisites: Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.

Graduate Studies Application: Yes

Department Application: No

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Test Scores: GRE Required

Resume: Recommended

Letters of Recommendation: 2 L/R Required- from academic sources with the option of an additional letter from either an academic or a professional source (no more than three letters should be submitted).  Letters from academic sources are expected, but if the applicant has been out of school for a significant period of time, letters from professional sources who can attest to the applicant's academic potential may be considered.

Statement of Purpose: 500-750 words in length, describing the applicant's academic and other qualifications to be admitted to this program, and goals related to pursuing the Master's degree in Communication.

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.


Application Deadline Dates

Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):

  • Fall: July 1 (Priority Deadline: April 1)

International Applicants:

  • Fall: April 1

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Seok Kang, Ph.D.
Telephone: (210) 458-6760

Degree Website:

Degree Catalog Link:

Communication Program Newsletter: Spring 2014

M.A. in Communication Program Information PowerPoint

Course Scheduling and Offerings

The majority of courses are offered once a week, from 6:00-8:45 PM, at the Main Campus. Courses are offered Monday through Thursday evenings.