M.S. in Communication Studies

Fall SemesterFebruary 15: All application materials must be received by this date.

M.S. in Strategic Communication

Fall Semester – You may apply any time before July 1 for fall 2023 semester admissions.  That is the date by which all required documentation of the application must be received by the Graduate office.  However, applicants who apply by February 15 stand the strongest chance of receiving a tuition waiver and/or graduate assistantship for the upcoming year.

In light of ongoing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Master’s in Strategic Communication is waiving the GRE requirement for applicants, with the following conditions:

  • Applications that include GRE scores will received priority consideration for merit-based tuition waivers and stipends. Applications without GRE scores will only be considered for funding after other applications have been considered.
  • Applicants admitted without GRE scores will be evaluated after the first semester (or equivalent of 9 hours) of the program to ensure adequate progress and performance

General Requirements for Admission

Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an institution regarded as a standard by the University and a regional accrediting agency. Applicants with less preparation may be admitted conditionally, but must take such additional courses as are prescribed by the Bob Schieffer College of Communication and the Departmental Director of Graduate Studies. For the Department of Strategic Communication, it is recommended that applicants have 15 to 24 months work experience in the desired area of study.

How to Apply

In order to be considered for admission to graduate study, you will need to complete an online application.

The completed application consists of:

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts (2 from each university/college required)
  • Official GRE Test Scores
  • Academic/Professional Objectives Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation

*International Students will also need: Official TOEFL scores.
*Please note that our programs require TOEFL scores; we will not accept IELTS scores.

In light of Covid-19, ETS is temporarily offering a GRE General Test at home option. Learn more here:

Application Instructions

  1. Please complete the online application. This will include payment of the application fee, completion of an essay question, and submission of three recommendations.
  2. Have TWO (2) complete OFFICIAL transcripts mailed from the Registrar’s Office of each institution attended since high school. This includes all undergraduate and graduate work from all colleges or universities attended. (NOTE: If the school last attended was TCU, we will obtain transcripts that are on file in our Registrar’s Office – you do not need to have them mailed)
  3. Submit official GRE scores to TCU
  4. Submit official TOEFL scores (required for international students)
  5. Submit CV or resume

Send transcripts and other application materials to:

Office of Graduate Studies
Bob Schieffer College of Communication
TCU Box 298040
Fort Worth, TX, 76129

If you are sending by FedEx, DHL, or UPS send to:

Office of Graduate Studies
Bob Schieffer College of Communication
2805 South University
Fort Worth, TX 76129


  • Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $60.00 is required as part of your online application. The graduate school will not begin processing your application without this fee.
  • Official Transcripts: Two (2) copies of official university/college transcripts that bear the official seal of the institution. Please ask your registrar to provide you with copies of your transcript in a sealed envelope, with a signature across the seal. If Texas Christian University was the last school attended, we will obtain transcripts that are on file in our registrar office. Students who file applications prior to the completion of a degree program should submit current transcripts with their application, but will need to submit final transcripts that show all coursework and the degree award as soon as they finish their program. All admission offers are conditional on the Bob Schieffer College of Communication receiving complete transcripts.
  • Official GRE Test Scores: Applications will not be considered without scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. The GRE will not be used as the sole determining factor in admission or the awarding of funding. Typically, successful applicants have a Verbal GRE score of at least 155, a Quantitative GRE score of 145, and an Analytical Writing score of 4. Students who receive funding usually exceed these equivalents. Applicants can register for the GRE at Texas Christian University’s school code is 6820.
  • Academic/Professional Objectives Statement: Describe in no more than 250 words your academic and professional objectives and how our graduate program can help you advance those objectives.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Please submit three (3) letters of recommendation through the online application or through regular postal mail. Individuals should speak about either your academic, professional, and/or leadership skills and your potential as a graduate student. Letters being mailed should be returned to you in sealed envelopes with a signature across the seal.
  • Official TOEFL Scores: International students must submit official TOEFL scores. (No IELTS scores are accepted). The only exception is if you have an undergraduate degree from an American university. Typically, successful applicants have a TOEFL total score of 79-80 (Internet-based), 213 (computer-based), or 550 (paper-based). Students who receive funding usually exceed these equivalents. Please note our graduate programs do not offer conditional admission through completion of the IEP (Intensive English Program). Texas Christian University’s school code is 6820.
  • TCU is committed to providing a positive learning, living and working environment free from discrimination and harassment. As a result, TCU prohibits a range of behaviors, including unlawful discrimination, harassment, and related sexual and other misconduct based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, predisposing genetic information, covered veteran status, and any other basis protected by law, except as permitted by law. See TCU’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation. If you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against during the admissions process, you may report your concerns to TCU’s Office of Institutional Equity. See TCU’s Policy on Responding to Reports of Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation.