Communication and MPAff

Dual Degrees in Communication and Public Affairs

Offered in conjunction with UT’s Moody College of Communication, the dual program in communication and public affairs is designed to train qualified students in a coordinated program of coursework in any of four areas of communication:

  • Advertising
  • Communication Studies
  • Journalism
  • Radio-Television-Film

Interdisciplinary in nature, the program was created in response to an increased need in both public and private sectors for public policy analysts who have a theoretical understanding of one of the disciplines of communication.

Program Structure

The dual degree program is structured so that students can earn both master's degrees in three years. Although the program is flexible, students are advised to concentrate on the first-year core course requirements in each school during the first two years and then complete remaining requirements and electives in both schools in the third year. Students will usually take their internship after the second year, when most core requirements in both schools have been completed.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 69 semester hours of coursework, which includes a master’s professional report. The curriculum includes:

Public Affairs 

  • 21 hours of required public affairs core courses
  • 6 hours Policy Research Project
  • 9 hours public affairs electives
  • Summer internship

Communication 

  • 30 hours of coursework in one of four areas: advertising, communication studies, journalism, or radio-television-film
  • 3 hours professional report