Build a Buff M.A. Program

There are many reasons to further your education, but here at WT, we work with our students to ensure they receive the most out of their degree. Our curriculum provides the flexibility for you to choose courses that fit your needs and interests. The program is 36 credit hours, taking most full-time students no more than two years to complete.  

Students may choose a thesis or non-thesis route. All students build a strong research and theoretical foundation while developing applicable skills within areas of study such as corporate communication, media communication, cultural studies, rhetoric, public relations and performance.

We strive to help students meet career goals by helping them choose courses both inside and outside the department to provide a broad base of skills. Students gain experience through internships and professional activities. 

Our curriculum is flexible, our instructors are knowledgeable, and we're sure you'll fit right in. Let us help you build a Buff M.A.


  • Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher (GRE required unless students have a 3.0 or above GPA
  • Official Transcripts
  • 3 Letters of recommendation from a faculty member, supervisor or other professional
    Letter of recommendation form can be downloaded here.
  • Writing sample (academic paper, publication, or other demonstration of writing ability) 
  • Deadlines: August 1 (Fall), Dec. 1 (Spring), May 1 (Sum 1)

Application materials are for the sole purpose of determining admission into the communication program. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Application materials will not be returned to students. Students seeking to re-apply must re-submit materials. Please note there is an separate application process for the Masters in Media Management listed below)

like iconYou may choose from two options:  The Masters in Communication or the Masters in Communication with a specialization in Media Management

RefreshMasters in Communication (36 hours)
Core classes:
  • COMM 6380 Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • COMM 6315 Theories of Communication
  • COMM 6386 Research Methods
  • COMM 6350 Graduate Seminar in Rhetorical Criticism
Thesis Option:
  • Choose 12 hours from COMM Electives and 6 hours of thesis (COMM 6301 and 6302,or 6303)
  • Non Thesis Option: Choose 15 hours of COMM/MCOM electives and completed COMM 6304 Research Project in Applied Communication

Application Process for the MAMM (Specialization in Media Management)
WTAMU Application
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Whille all applicants are welcome to take the GRE exam, those with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher my request to have this requirement waived by completing a GRE Score Waiver Request Form.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. At least one letter must be from a professional colleague. Please use the Recommendation Letter form.
  • Resume showing career progress and media producation/management skills
  • Statement of goals for pursuring a specialization in media management
  • Proficiency in prerequisites prior to taking some business courses.
Masters in Communication with a specialization in Media Management (36 hours)
Core classes:
  • COMM 6380 Introduction to Graduate Stuides
  • COMM 6315 Theories of Communication
  • COMM 6370 Media Policy
  • Choose either MKT 6354 or CIDM 6355
Non Thesis Option:
  • Choose 12 hours of College of Business Approved courses
  • Choose 9 hours of COMM/MCOM Electives
  • Complete COMM 6304 Research Project in Applied Communication


Dr. Noah Franken
Director of Graduate Studies in Communication
Department of Communication
WTAMU Box 60754
Canyon, Texas 79016-0001