Clemson Graduate School

Clemson Graduate School

Communication, Technology, & Society

General Information

Degrees Offered


Explore the diversity of Communication Studies, while focusing on how different areas study communication technologies. MACTS develops thought leaders to bring critical thinking, global insights, and historical perspectives to technological debates and decisionmaking. Emphasizing the impacts and interconnections of technologies in society and culture, a full range of theoretical and methodological approaches are deployed, including social science, critical/ cultural, organizational, policy, and infrastructure approaches. Gain tools to understand and research technologies as social phenomena shaping and shaped by users’ goals in various communication contexts. Become prepared to enter doctoral study, teaching, business, politics, or social organizing with advanced communication expertise.

About the Program

Purpose and Objectives

The Department of Communication Studies is committed to providing its graduate students with opportunities for academic and professional development. We believe that individuals continue to develop their expertise throughout their careers. The program provides a variety of opportunities to engage in scholarly and professional development activities outside the classroom, including participation in colloquia offered by communication scholars, professional workshops, internships, applied projects, and study abroad. We also encourage our graduate students to become active members of international, national, regional, and state academic and professional associations. You are encouraged to participate in as many of these activities as possible. Getting involved in these development activities while at Clemson will build your networks contacts in the communication discipline before you graduate.


Most of our full-time graduate students are awarded assistantships. You will automatically be considered for an assistantship when you apply to the program unless you request otherwise. For example, you may not wish to be considered for an assistantship if you plan to pursue the degree part-time while continuing to work full-time in your current job.

Funding opportunities are available to approximately eight new graduate students per year in the form of teaching and research assistantships. Our assistantships provide a full tuition waiver and a stipend of approximately $12,000 per academic year. Assistantships are awarded competitively by the graduate committee. We offer a variety of opportunities for you to grow as a teacher, scholar, and emerging professional in the discipline. Graduate students typically assist with the delivery of our basic undergraduate courses and assist faculty members with research. Graduate assistantships include:

Teaching. Assistantships focused on teaching generally involve assisting with the delivery of our basic communication courses.  You will also develop your communication and leadership skills as you gain experience working with students in our Communication Studies Lab assisting them with the speech-making process. All graduate teaching assistants participate in a mandatory one-week training program in August, before the start of classes in the fall semester.

Research.  Some graduate assistants may work one-on-one with faculty members on research projects. You will develop a working relationship with a faculty member and gain hands-on experience with the research process.  In many cases, you will have a role in shaping the research project through data collection, analysis, and presenting the final research report. Collaborative projects with faculty typically result in co-authored conference presentations and publications in academic journals.

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Travers Scott)

Application Requirements


Priority for fall admission and assistantship funding will be given to applicants who apply by February 1. However, we may continue to review applications after the deadline until all spaces are full.

Priority for spring admission will be given to applicants who apply by September 15. However, please be aware that students entering in spring are not eligible for tuition waiver or assistantships that spring. These are not available until the following fall.

The following credentials are preferred, though the entire application is considered holistically. Invited students typically have:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accreditedcollege or university GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better.
  • Competitive GRE scores on verbal/quantitative/writing tests.
  • TOEFL score of 79-80 on internet-based test for non-native English speakers.
  • Strong writing skills demonstrated through a sample and curriculum vitae/resume.
  • Focused reasons for pursuing a this master’s degree as demonstrated in curriculum vitae/resume and statement of purpose


Required Documents


For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Travers Scott)

Financial Aid

To see the proposed Graduate Tuition Rates for this academic year, click here.

The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.

Course of Study

Program of Study

Like most graduate degrees, the MA in Communication, Technology, and Society includes coursework and additional requirements that allow students to synthesize and apply course material. Our students select one of two options: Thesis Option or Comprehensive Exam Option. Click the Curriculum tab on the right for more information.

Candidates for the MA in Communication, Technology, and Society must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours including:

  • Three core courses: COMM 801: Communication Theory, COMM 850: Research Methods in Professional Communication, and COMM 809: Communication, Culture, and the Social Net
  • Minimum of 18 credits in COMM courses at the 800 level
  • Minimum of six credits in a field other than COMM; these courses must be selected in consultation with the student's advisor
  • Up to six credit hours can be thesis work

The number of elective courses you take in a specialty area will depend on whether you are participating in the thesis option or comprehensive exam option. Your faculty advisor will help you select courses that meet your goals.

After completing your coursework, you will begin devoting time to your thesis or preparing for your comprehensive exams.

Current Program

Our Students

Current students in this program have majors and minors in communication studies, business administration, environmental health sciences, education, Spanish, and public relations. Their interest areas include sociology, organizational communication, online networks, social media, environmental communication, and marketing. Coming from the United States and China, they have practical experience in areas such as scholarly research, disaster relief, arts programming, teaching, media relations, journalism, sports, and content editing.

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