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.
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.
UPDATE: The Department of Journalism graduate program is currently undergoing re-evaluation of its curriculum, and we are not accepting applications at this time. The Department of Journalism offers a Master of Science in Journalism degree 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) degree 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.
Graduate Student Opportunities
Within the Bob Schieffer College of Communication, however, there are more specific opportunities. The College operates an interest group for the American Society for Training and Development, of which both graduate and undergraduate students are members. It is a good chance to network and make connections for current or future jobs. Many grad students write research papers in cooperation with faculty. Research is an integral part of the curriculum, and many papers are presented at national conferences and published nationwide.
TCU has an association for students in any graduate program. This organization, the Graduate Student Senate, represents all graduate students campus wide. GSS sends out a quarterly newsletter about events and opportunities of interest to grad students. This is an excellent way to adjust to life at TCU.
Careers After a TCU Graduate Degree
TCU graduates enter the working world in a variety of careers. Fields such as journalism, public relations, dramatic arts, advertising, electronic media, broadcasting, and more. A communications graduate degree is also useful in related fields like business, education, government, health careers, law, social services, technology, and anything with an international connection.
Furthering Your Education
What do people do with a graduate degree in communication studies from TCU? Many choose to continue their education at a Ph.D program. Graduate students in communication are often interested in pursuing a career in college teaching and research. A number of graduates go on to prominent Ph.D programs at other universities.
The National Communication Association (NCA) provides information and resources to current and prospective communication professionals at http://www.natcom.org.