Graduate Programs

The Bob Schieffer College of Communication’s two master’s programs helps students develop knowledge and skills to become effective, problem-solving communicators and researchers. Discover whether Communication Studies or Strategic Communication is right for you.

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Master's in Communication Studies

  • Learn in a small, connected cohort of students across two years
  • Program combines the fields of interpersonal, organizational and health communication to provide a unique academic focus
  • One of the nation’s top programs for research productivity
  • Faculty are nationally recognized experts in their fields
  • Earned the Outstanding Master’s Degree Program Award from the National Communication Association in 2016
  • Watch: Our students discuss graduate student life in Communication Studies
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Master's in Strategic Communication

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The Strategic Communication program helped me to understand the advertising/public relations industry from all perspectives and more importantly, it equipped me with a mindset that will benefit me for my whole life.
- Weiyi Zhong, 2017 alumnus
I most enjoyed building relationships with my students, cohort and professors. Having such phenomenal mentors in the department was such a gift and I am grateful for the ways that so many invested in my professional and personal life throughout my time here.
- Katherine Ann Rush, 2019 alumnus

Why TCU?

  • Most graduate students receive full tuition support. Many more receive a monthly stipend to assist professors with research and teaching
  • Classes are intentionally small, so professors closely mentor and collaborate with students
  • Professors are leading scholars and experts, actively researching and sharing thought leadership
  • TCU is located in the fifth-largest media market with a rich network of professionals and internship opportunities
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Graduates of Programs

Considering a doctorate? Students from both programs typically earn placements in Ph.D. programs like these:

  • Arizona State University
  • University of Missouri
  • Cornell University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Georgia

Ready to take on the world? Our alumni have gone on to professional careers in the communication-related industry:

  • Bell Helicopter
  • Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • City of Pflugerville
  • Tru Multicultural Agency
  • GCG Marketing
  • University of Missouri
  • PBS in Washington, D.C.