Frequently Asked Questions

Please feel free to contact us with your questions at any time during the application process. You may also want to look for answers to your questions by browsing our FAQs below.

How do I apply?

Students must apply online via our online application starting in September.

What is required in my application?

Several items are part of a student’s application for admission: 

  • Application
  • A non-refundable application fee of $80 for the online application
  • Uploaded Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing Requirements
  • Official Test scores
  • Resume
  • International Student Video Requirement (see International Application admission information)

What test must I take?

The GRE is required of all applicants, though some programs accept the GMAT in place of the GRE (see the end of this paragraph). If you did not study at an English speaking institution, you must take the TOEFL or IELTS in addition to the GRE and obtain a minimum score of 100 (iBT) or 7.0 (IELTS). If you are applying for the MS in Media Ventures, the dual degree MBA/MS Media Ventures Program, or the Applied Communication Research concentration of the MS Program in Mass Communication, you may submit the GMAT or the GRE. If you are applying to the dual degree JD/MS Mass Communication you must take the LSAT.

The final score we receive (by our deadline) is the score we send to committee.

When is the application due?

The application and all required materials are due no later than February 1st for our primary deadline. Our secondary deadline is May 1st (admission is granted on a space available basis). Your application and materials must be RECEIVED by one of these dates (not postmarked). We cannot accept late items and we do not send incomplete files to committee.

How should letters of recommendation and/or transcripts
be submitted?

All materials should be uploaded to the online application. Former/current professors or employers should provide recommendations. We cannot accept email or faxed letters of recommendation.

If my undergraduate degree was only 3 years in length,
am I still eligible?

Yes. As long as you have completed the degree (or will have by the time you begin our program) you are eligible.

What financial documentation do I need as an International
student and when is it due?

All international students must submit an International Student Data form, a sponsor letter, and a bank statement of your sponsor in the amount of approximately $67,914, which must be in English and in US dollars. This information is due by the tuition deposit deadline.

How do I apply for financial aid?

All full-time students who apply for admission are automatically considered for merit scholarships. Assistantship and Loan information will be mailed to students if accepted. International students and domestic students are both considered for scholarship. You will be notified along with your admissions’ decision.

What is the admissions timeline?

  • January 15th: PhD applications deadline
  • Februrary 1st: Master’s application deadline (eligible for scholarship)
  • Mid-March: Admission & financial aid decisions e-mailed for PhD and February 1 master’s applicants
  • Mid-April: Admission response and tuition deposit due for PhD and February 1 master’s accepts
  • May 1st: Secondary deadline for master’s applications (NOT eligible for scholarship)
  • Early May: May 1st applicants are sent to committee
  • Mid-May: May 1st applicants are e-mailed decisions
  • Early June: Registration materials emailed to all incoming students

What part of my application is most important?

The admissions’ committee looks at your entire application in order to determine admission. Two items to emphasize would be your test scores and your writing samples/assignments.

What is the suggested GRE score?

Higher GRE scores may increase one’s chances for merit scholarships. The verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE are both scored out of a possible 170. Suggested minimum scores are verbal 158 and quantitative 150.

What is the suggested Grade Point Average?

Students should have a 3.0 or higher on their undergraduate transcript. Higher GPA will possibly increase chances for merit scholarships.

If I am accepted, may I defer my application?

Yes, students may defer their application. However, admission is not automatic for the next admission cycle. Students must submit a letter to Graduate Services by no later than February 1st stating their intention to reapply. Application materials do not need to be resubmitted. However, students may resubmit application items they want to improve upon.

Are interviews required?

Individual program faculty from all programs may contact some individuals for interviews if more information is needed. Informational interviews are conducted at the student’s request. Please contact Graduate Services to schedule an appointment.

Will incomplete applications be reviewed?

No. Only applications completed by either our PhD deadline (January 15), our primary master’s deadline with scholarship (Feb. 1st), or our secondary master’s deadline (May 1st) will be reviewed.

How will I find out if my application is complete or

Once we receive your application we will send you an email to let you know whether your application is complete or incomplete. You may certainly call Graduate Services to check the status of your application at anytime. Email is the only way that students will be notified if their application is incomplete or complete. Please be sure to get your application in early so we have ample time to notify you of your status.

How many programs can I apply to in the College of Communication?

Students may only apply to one program within COM.