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Admission Requirements

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication takes a holistic approach to reviewing graduate applications. All the documents submitted are carefully considered to evaluate the applicant's academic qualifications as well as the skills and experience, if any, that would indicate the ability of the applicant to successfully complete the graduate program. The Fall 2020 Cohort is full. The next cohort would apply by February 1, 2021 to start in Fall of 2021.


Application Fee Submit the application fee.
Transcript Submit one official transcript from each college or university attended. Copies of official transcripts can be sent. A GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in the last 60 credit hours of work leading to the bachelor's degree is preferred. An official transcript will have to be submitted prior to registration.
Statement of Purpose A 500-word statement of purpose for pursuing graduate studies in mass communication at Texas State University-San Marcos. The statement should include the applicant's academic and professional goals and address how the curriculum will meet their goals.
Letters of Recommendation Two letters of recommendation from individuals competent to assess the applicant's capacity to pursue graduate education in mass communication. In case the applicant is changing the major area, at least one of the two letters must be from a professor in the student's previous major. If the applicant is transferring from another institution, at least one of the two letters must be from a professor in the student's previous institution. Enter the names and email addresses of those providing recommendations.
Resume A current resume with information on educational background, work experience, and extracurricular activities.
TOEFL Scores (International Students Only) International students have to submit TOEFL scores in addition to the above documents. A preferred score of 100 on the internet based TOEFL (with preferred section scores of 26/reading, 26/listening, 26/speaking, and 23/writing), or 6.5 IELTS overall band score for international students.

Admission Policy: Students who do not have preferred GPA may be admitted conditionally and must fulfill specific GPA and/or course requirements.

Information regarding admission to the Mass Communication M.A. program can be found on the  Graduate College website.