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Special Unique MA Program Features

London Summer Study Abroad Program

Baylor in London is a twenty-nine day summer study abroad program in London for full-time graduate and undergraduate students at Baylor University. It allows Baylor students the opportunity to work closely with Department of Communication Studies' professors to develop the skills and abilities of collaboration, inquiry, and team facilitation in an international environment. Students may earn up to six hours of 4000-level or 5000-level (for graduate students) credit through completion of this program.

Baylor in New York City

Baylor Communication in New York City is the flagship program in a unique, innovative effort to bridge the gap between the academic and professional worlds. Baylor students can expect an immerse educational experience in the heart of America's cultural capital. New York City. Classes and internships are designed to complement on another, giving intellectual foundation to the workplace and immediate, practical extension to the classroom. The topics of discussion focus on various aspects of communication and contemporary urban life, and the teaching is designed with the city as a resource: discussions of art paired with trips to world-class museums, discussion of communication and architecture as students walk through the city, discussions of media from within NBC studios, etc. In short, the mission of the program is to raise up young men and women with a rich, informed view of the culture in which they live, and a strong sense of their own personal, redemptive callings within it.

NAB/SONY Internship Program

The markets and technologies of the broadcast industry, including broadcasting, production, post-production, computing, telecommunications, multimedia, Internet and corporate communications are converging. NAB is a digital paradise of broadcast technologies featuring digital television, digital transmission, digital audio broadcasting, over 100,000 industry professionals from over 136 countries gather iLasas Vegas, Nevada to discus industry topics, research and purchase the latest equipment, and develop industry contacts. Typically, two highly competitive student internship programs exist:

  • NAB - the NAB group work with speakers and dignitaries throughout the conference. This internship is well suited for applicants interested in public relations.
  • SONY - The SONY group will work in a variety of positions including non-linear & linear editing, digital transmission, video cameras & decks, HDTV equipment, production assist and more. This internship is well suited for applicants interested in production, telecommunications technology, and/or media sales.

Glenn R. Capp Debate Program

The Glenn R. Capp Debate Forum is committed to the promotion of argument and public advocacy. We believe that a well informed, articulate citizenry is crucial to the empowerment of the individual and the maintenance of a free society. Our program supports participation in intercollegiate competition, instruction in interscholastic competition as well as debates for the public forum.

Professional Contacts/Networking Opportunities/Career Preparation,/p>

While effecting faculty mentoring is a key component of graduate training in any discipline, it is especially critical in the highly collaborative and interdisciplinary field of communication studies. Because we accept small groups of students into our program each year, our students can be assured of special one-on-one attention from the full-time faculty. Distinguished in both academic and professional circles, our faculty members continue their active involvement throughout the discipline on both the national and international stage. The faculty of communication studies are leaders in professional and industry-related organizations, publish original research in books and scholarly journals, regularly present their scholarship at regional, national, and international conferences, and regularly produce award-winning films and screenplays. The close relationships that we develop with our graduate students at Baylor enable us to pay special attention to mentoring students at each stage of their graduate program with the goal of developing scholars capable of producing original research, quality publication, and/or superior media products.

Small Class Size

Due to the limited size of the Communication Studies graduate program, we are able to provide smaller, more intimate classroom experiences, characterized by high quality, personal instruction and supervision. We admit well qualified students from Texas and around the country and the world and work hard to cultivate a tight-knit community of faculty and graduate students in an educational environment focused on theory, research, professional training, and personal development.

Advanced Technology/Other Research Resources

Our graduate students have access to a variety of research and production-related resources, including state-of-the-art high-definition production equipment and digital editing labs. Baylor has several libraries on campus, including Moody Library which holds approximately 1.7 million volumes and has an extensive collection of journals, periodicals, and micro-or electronic resources. Students interested in quantitative, statistically driven research methods also have access to the Center for Statistical Consulting that provides statistical consulting services for short-term analysis of data, long-term collaborative research, and assistance in the preparation of research grant proposals.

Interdisciplinary Orientation/Opportunities

We encourage our graduate students to participate in research and dialogue across academic disciplines at Baylor. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of communication studies, our graduated students have the opportunity to explore coursework, scholarship, and professional experiences in other related disciplines like political science, theatre, sociology, social-psychology, religion, philosophy, and business, as well as Truett Seminary located here on campus. Students are encouraged to take from 3 to 6 hours of coursework from other departments here at Baylor. These interdisciplinary opportunities expand and enrich our MA program, incorporating study of the broad intellectual history, interaction, and debate found within the cross-currents of multiple perspectives and diverse scholarly pursuits.

Faculty Mentoring

While effecting faculty mentoring is a key component of graduate training in any discipline, it is especially critical in the highly collaborative and interdisciplinary field of communication studies. Because we accept small groups of students into our program each year, our students can be assured of special one-on-one attention from the full-time faculty. Distinguished in both academic and professional circles, our faculty members continue their active involvement throughout the discipline on both the national and international stage. The faculty of communication studies are leaders in professional and industry-related organizations, publish original research in books and scholarly journals, regularly present their scholarship at regional, national, and international conferences, and regularly produce award-winning films and screenplays. The close relationships that we develop with our graduate students at Baylor enable us to pay special attention to mentoring students at each of their graduate program with the goal of developing scholars capable of producing original research, quality publication, and/or superior media products.

Successful Transition into high quality PhD programs/professional careers

Our MA graduates have competed successfully for admission into some of the top Ph.D. programs in the United States, including the University of Southern California, Kansas, Georgia State, Wisconsin, Texas, and Northwestern. Empirical research has demonstrated that our program has an 87% placement rate for our graduate students who plan to continue their graduate or professional education or who intend to enter a profession for which their graduate studies prepared them. Our graduates also benefit from the reputation of our growing alumni ranks who have gone on to achieve highly successful careers in academia, business, and the media and film industry.

Convenient Central TX Location

With a population of about 120,000, the greater Waco area offers numerous cultural and recreational amenities, including nearby lakes, rivers, parks, concerts, and plays (especially through Baylor's music and theatre departments). Waco has a temperate climate, mild winters, and greenery all year round. Dallas and Austin are within easy driving distance, each about 90 miles from Waco, while both Houston and San Antonio are within a three hour drive. The lower cost of living of Central Texas is also a significant benefit of living in Waco.