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Communication Arts, M.A.

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About

With seemingly infinite career opportunities, graduates from Communication Arts at University of the Incarnate Word work as writers, producers, directors, editors, public relations specialists, videographers, filmmakers, broadcast journalists, advertising specialists, event planners, social media specialists, teachers, web specialists, bilingual journalists, convergent media specialists, among others.

The goals of the program are to cultivate students’ imagination and creativity through mastery of technical skills needed to become effective professionals in the field of communications; to create an environment fostering the exploration of diverse perspectives and encourages students to use their skills and resources to serve their community and society, so that they are prepared to participate confidently, ethically, and competently as concerned and enlightened citizens.

Career Opportunities

Communication professionals aim to educate, inform, entertain and persuade using mass media such as radio, TV, film, Internet, newspapers, magazines, Public Relations, Advertising and other forms of New Media. Communication graduates can seek career opportunities in a wide variety of industries to include business, education, nonprofit agencies, and the government. 

Graduates may also seek opportunities in different branches of communication - Journalism, Visual Arts and Design, and Performance Arts.

Former students have become writers, producers, directors, editors, public relation specialists, videographers, filmmakers, broadcast journalists, advertising specialists, event planners, social media specialists, teachers, web specialists, bilingual journalists and convergent media specialists.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Mass Communication
  • Orientation to Communication Arts
  • Computer Literacy for Communication Arts
  • Public Speaking
  • Theories of Communication
  • Writing for the Media
  • Media Ethics
  • Law and the Media
  • Internship
  • Senior Portfolio

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
    The Master of Communication Arts degree requires a minimum of 36 hours of graduate study, which includes 12 hours of Communication Arts core courses; 18+ hours of elective coursework and 3-6 hours of Mastery level coursework.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    83

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    56

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Verbal Reasoning score:

    150

    Recommended Quantitative Reasoning score:

    150

    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

    Attained GRE MINIMUM scores of 150 on Verbal and 150 on Quantitative.

Communication Arts graduate program applicants must meet all University graduate admissions requirements. This is accomplished when the applicant has:

  • Received a bachelor's degree in Communication Arts or a related field with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Attained GRE MINIMUM scores of 150 on Verbal and 150 on Quantitative
  • GRE requirement may be waived for stronger applicants that have baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Completed the GRE before 9 semester hours are complete
  • Students interview with the Director of Graduate Studies in Communication Arts and may be asked to submit a personal statement and a writing sample

Tuition Fee

  • International

    960 USD/credit
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  • National

    960 USD/credit
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Living costs for San Antonio

  • 972 - 1510 USD/month
    Living Costs

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