How to Apply


Admission to our graduate programs is based on review by our Graduate Studies Committee.  To be competitive, please plan to apply by December 1 for the upcoming Autumn Semester.  The online application becomes available each August at

The Graduate School, upon the recommendation of the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Communication, admits students to graduate study in Communication. Recommendations for admission are based on seven factors:

  1. The applicant's statement of interest and intent with regard to a graduate program in the School of Communication;
  2. Detailed resume;
  3. At least three letters of recommendation;
  4. Cumulative undergraduate grade point average;
  5. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts;
  6. *Scores on the general aptitude sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)*; and
  7. Writing sample or other evidence of potential for success in graduate study.

In the case of international students whose first language is not English, the TOEFL or IELTS exam is required.

*The School of Communication continues to require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as one component of our comprehensive review process. Given the holistic nature of our application review, there is NOT a strict cutoff for GRE scores. The Graduate Studies Committee continues to monitor the most recent research on the predictive utility of the GRE, specifically within our own field, and uses the GRE in accordance with evidence-based best practices. Ensuring student success is our top priority. One of the best ways to ensure student success is to use all available information to determine if prospective students are a good fit for our specific graduate programs. At the same time, we do not want the GRE to be a barrier to prospective students who are interested in applying to our graduate programs. If prospective students can provide all other required application materials, but not GRE scores, please reach out to the Director of Graduate Studies, David DeAndrea (, for guidance. 

All of the requirements specified above are described in more detail on our application instructions handout which can be accessed here:


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