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MS 4.01.76

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8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

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Phone: (210) 458-4331

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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.

Degree Requirements

  • 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.
  • For more information about degree coursework and requirements, please refer to the graduate catalog.

Admission Prerequisites:

 Required Degree Bachelor’s degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.
 Other Degree Requirements None.
Application Requirements:
 General University Requirements Must meet university wide requirements.
 Application A completed a Graduate School application.
 Transcripts Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
 Resume or Curriculum Vitae Not Required.
 Letters of Recommendation Provide two letters of recommendation 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  A statement of purpose, 500-750 words in length, describing the applicant’s academic and other qualifications to be admitted to this program, areas of interest in the program, and goals related to pursuing the Master’s degree in Communication.
 Test Scores Not Required.
 Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America

  • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
  • Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
  • Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429,, or online at
  • If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
 International Applicants Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
 Other A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in upper-division and graduate courses.

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: James McDonald, Ph.D.

Telephone: (210) 458-5040

Degree Website:

Degree Catalog Link:


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.

M.A. in Communication Nationally Recognized