The role of communication in the 21st century continues to be a vital and integral part of TCU’s educational mission. Today, more than 1,000 students concentrate their studies within one school and two departments housed in the Bob Schieffer College of Communication. Degree programs are available in communication studies, film-television-digital media, journalism and strategic communication. The academic programs of the college exact an appropriate balance between professional training and liberal arts studies. Personal counseling and relatively small classes allow the faculty to give attention to the work of each student.

The college is organized into several departments – Journalism – Strategic CommunicationCommunication Studies and Film-TV-Digital Media – offering ten major fields of concentration. Each provides professional training in vocational fields for students planning careers and serious ad vocational training for those who wish to attain artistic ability without professional intent.

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This is an exciting time in our College. Not only do we have a well-established and widely recognized graduate program in Communication Studies (formerly Speech Communication), but we now offer two additional exciting programs in the departments of Journalism and Strategic Communication. Specific details and requirements for all our programs can be found in our graduate catalog at

The Department of Communication Studies offers a Master of Science degree in Communication Studies. This program combines the fields of interpersonal and organizational communication to create a unique academic focus. In our rapidly changing electronic age, there is a tremendous need for technically competent professionals with expertise in communication related to social and professional relationships. Graduates are qualified to pursue further study toward advanced academic and professional degrees; or to take advantage of a wide variety of professional opportunities in business and industry, including human resources, training and development, communication, and managerial positions.

The Department of Journalism Master of Science program is currently inactive and not accepting applications. The Department Journalism offers a Master of Science in Journalism. This program is designed for journalists working in digital, television, or print news media. Coursework and research broaden the degree candidates’ perspective by introducing them to the history, theories, and concepts that underlie mass communication systems, as well as the issues facing working journalists. Students take courses that study and analyze different fields of mass communication to enable critical and creative thinking about today’s media.

The Department of Strategic Communication offers a Master of Science in Strategic Communication (formerly Advertising/Public Relations). This program is designed for working strategic communication professionals seeking to broaden their understanding of strategic communication theories and processes and skills in strategy, research, storytelling, digital media, and leadership. Students will take a blend of advertising and public relations courses that enable them to compete in today’s digital and global world.

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