(updated for Fall 2014)
Our application for Fall 2014 will be available September 1, 2013. We encourage applicants to send all other application materials in a single admission packet to the College of Communication, Graduate Services Office. All materials must be received by our stated deadlines.
Standard Application Requirements
A non-refundable application fee of $80 (online application only). The application fee is an application processing fee, not an application consideration fee.
December 15th Priority Admission Notification Deadline
If you submit your online application by December 15th, you will receive priority admission notification once we have admission decisions – as long as the rest of your application is completed by our February 1st deadline.
Priority admission notification is a great way to get a head start on the application process! Students who submit the online portion of their application (this does not include essays, test scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) by December 15th will be notified by late December regarding your application status (if you are missing anything or if you application is complete). That way you’ll have plenty of time to ensure your application is complete by our stated deadlines.
An official transcript of the applicant’s undergraduate record listing the degree conferred. In addition, we require all transcripts from colleges and/or universities attended that count toward any degree (beyond high school). A college senior should submit an official report of work completed in the first semester of the senior year as soon as it is available. All transcripts must arrive in signed and sealed envelopes within the admission packet and must be in English or an official translation. All transcripts should have a letter from the Registrar of the school indicating what the GPA is on a 4.0 scale.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation, written by people who know the applicant well, preferably professors and/or employers. These must arrive in signed and sealed envelopes within the admission packet. Additionally, letters of recommendation may be sent online via our application service. We do not accept e-mailed or faxed recommendations.
International students must fulfill additional requirements to be considered for admission. Please review our International Student admissions requirements before applying.
We do not accept late applications or late materials. Only completed applications are reviewed for admission. Review the rest of COM’s Helpful Hints before submitting your application.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
The GRE is required for all students. Our GRE code is R7090. You may take the computerized GRE up until 10 days before our deadline. Please let us know your score right away so we may verify it with ETS. We must receive the official score.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Students who received their undergraduate degree from a non-English speaking institution must also take the TOEFL (in addition to the GRE. Please see our International Admissions requirements for more information). We must receive an official TOEFL score by our deadline; we recommend taking your TOEFL at least 20 days prior to our deadline to assure that we receive the score.
Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
Applicants to the dual degree (MS/MBA) Media Ventures program must take the Graduate Management Admissions Test. We will also accept this test for the single degree Media Ventures candidates.
Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
Applicants to the JD/MS in the Mass Communication Program must take the Law School Admissions Test (test results for all programs are valid for four years).
Program Requirements/Writing Assignments
Applicants are not required to have experience in communication industries or in the academic areas of the department concerned. Students from the fields of humanities, sciences and social sciences generally are preferred. Download our 2014 Application Information Packet that lists all requirements, including our program requirements and writing assignments.
College of Communication
Graduate Admissions & Services
640 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215