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MS Program Requirements

The Master of Science with a major in Communication and Information is intended for students who desire a career related to a variety of communication, information, or media fields, and those who seek a deeper understanding of the role of communication and information in organizations, media, and society. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. Students who desire to develop additional research skills for a research career and/or plan to pursue a doctoral degree should pursue the thesis option. Students interested in pursuing careers as communication and information practitioners are advised to complete a project. The Appendix of the Graduate Handbook provides an overview of the steps in the process of earning the MS degree.

Required Hours

The MS program combines a cross-disciplinary core in theory and methods with a concentrated set of courses in a concentration area and elective courses. Both the thesis and non-thesis options require a minimum of 30 to 33 hours (depending on concentration) of approved graduate work. A minimum of 23 hours must be at the 500-level or above. All courses taken below the 500-level must have graduate credit registration. Up to nine hours of graduate credit may be accepted for transfer into the program, but these hours are subject to approval by the program adviser and the associate dean. Program Planning Guides for the Master of Science in Communication and Information can be found in the Appendix of the Graduate Handbook.

Other Requirements

Students without the appropriate background may be required to take additional prerequisite and/or co-requisite courses.

Coursework for the master’s degree culminates in a capstone experience, which is a project (non-thesis) or thesis. All master’s students also conduct an oral defense of the completed project or thesis.

Transfer credits

Courses taken at another institution may be considered for transfer into the MS program as determined by the student’s committee and approved by the University Registrar’s Office. (See “Transfer Credits” in the Graduate Catalog for limitations on transfer credit.)

To be transferred into a master’s program at UT, a course must:

  1. Be taken for graduate credit.
  2. Carry a grade of B or better.
  3. Be part of a graduate program in which the student had a B average.
  4. Not have been used for a previous degree.
  5. Be approved by the student’s committee and the University Registrar’s Office on the Admission to Candidacy form.

Courses transferred to any graduate program will not affect the minimum residence requirements for the program, nor will they be counted in determining the student’s grade-point average. A maximum of 9 hours may be transferred.

Time limit for completing the master’s degree

The CCI Master’s program is intended to be a 2-year program. Candidates for the master’s degree have six calendar years from the time of enrollment to complete the degree. Students who change their academic unit during the six-year period may be granted an extension after review and approval by the dean of the Graduate School. In any event, courses used toward a master’s degree must have been taken within six calendar years of graduation.