Welcome to the Communication Studies Graduate Program!
We are very pleased that you are interested in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
One of the advantages of being a graduate student in the Communication Studies Department at the University of Texas is the diversity in researchers and their multiplicity of methodologies. Faculty members here use and teach both quantitative methods and qualitative methods such as experimental, ethnographic, critical, survey, and a wide range of other methods. Students interested in quantitative methods usually take Experimental Design and Statistical Inference, Correlation and Regression, Survey of Multivariate Methods and one other statistics course offered by the Educational Pscyhology Department. Typically, this other course is either Structural Equation Models or Hierarchical Linear Models depending on the students' dissertation needs. Social science students are encouraged to take at least one qualitative methods course.
Another advantage to being a student here is that students with the guidance and advice of their faculty advisor are allowed to choose coursework that will enable them to do the kind of research they want to do. The department has only one required course, an Introduction to Graduate Studies in Human Communication that features research by current faculty and seminars in which questions that communication scholars ponder are discussed. Doctoral students must complete 45 hours of course work not including comprehensive and dissertation hours. MA students must complete 30 or 33 hours for a master’s degree that includes thesis or report hours.
The Communication Studies Department has over 600 undergraduate students. Many CMS faculty offer their undergraduate students extra credit for participating in faculty and graduate student research projects. This research participation is often a very positive experience for both researcher and undergraduate student.
Another research experience for graduate students and faculty is to volunteer to be a mentor for the Intellectual Entrepreneur Consortium. This program offers undergraduates the opportunity to do research with a faculty member or graduate student on actual research projects. The undergraduates get the experience of helping with a real project and the faculty members and graduate students benefit by having extra hands to run the project.
Research in the Communication Studies Department at the University of Texas at Austin is a central focus for faculty and for both MA and doctoral graduate students. Our goal is for our graduate students to be well versed and competent in the Communication Studies research realm.
Please do not hesitate to contact Aida González with questions or comments.
Aida González, M.Ed.
Graduate Program Coordinator
CMA 7.110, 512-471-1942
Dana Cloud, Ph.D.
Graduate Advisor &
Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee
CMA 7.138B, 512-471-1947