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 School of Journalism and Strategic Communication. Specific details and requirements for all our programs can be found in our graduate catalog at http://www.catalog.tcu.edu/current_year/graduate/.
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 School of Journalism and Strategic Communication offers two Masters programs: Master of Science in Journalism and Master of Science in Strategic Communication (formerly Advertising/Public Relations). These programs offer professionals a unique opportunity to advance their knowledge by studying and interacting with journalism scholars and media professionals in a dynamic learning environment. This program is designed to give graduates the distinctive advantage that is necessary to meet the challenges of 21st century media and succeed in today's changing media climate.
• The M.S. in Journalism degree 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 M.S. in Strategic Communication degree 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.
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 communications 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.