Graduate Programs

The mission of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication is “to educate students to think, act and communicate effectively, ethically, critically and creatively in a global environment enriching their personal and professional lives.” The College’s two master’s programs—Communication Studies and Strategic Communication—help students develop knowledge and skills to become effective, problem-solving communicators and researchers.

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Master's in Communication Studies

  • Awarded the 2016 Outstanding Master’s Degree Program Award from the National Communication Association
  • Combination of fields of interpersonal, organizational, and health communication provides unique academic focus
  • Among the top programs in the nation for research productivity
  • Since 2009, more than 17 students have gone on to doctoral programs after finishing at TCU
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Master's in Strategic Communication

  • Program prepares future and working professionals for success in today’s competitive digital and global communication environments
  • Students develop competencies in strategy, leadership and analysis
  • Students are taught by versed professionals, thought leaders and top scholars in advertising and public relations
  • Students gain valuable experience through projects, internships and networking
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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 students receive full tuition support, and 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 in their fields, actively researching and sharing thought leadership
  • Located in the country’s fifth largest media market, students have access to a rich network of professionals and internship opportunities
  • Fort Worth is part of the thriving Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area: the nation’s fourth largest. The urban city is popular, due in part to its welcoming spirit and moderate climate.
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Graduates of Programs

Students from both programs typically experience strong placements, both in Ph.D. programs and industry. Recent students have gone on to these Ph.D. communication-related programs:

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

Students from both programs typically experience strong placements, both in Ph.D. programs and industry. Recent students have gone on to these Ph.D. communication-related programs:

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