To apply for admission, the applicant must supply the following materials:
- Complete an online application. An application fee will be charged at the time of applying online. Applicants must pay the application fee with a credit card.
- Submit official GRE scores. For students who earned their bachelor's degree more than three years ago, the GRE is recommended but not required.
- Submit one copy of official transcripts of all previous college work, both undergraduate and graduate. Transcripts will be submitted online by the student, and the applicant must send an official sealed copy to the department at the address listed below.
- Submit three letters of recommendation from individuals in a position to comment meaningfully on the applicant's potential for graduate work. Individuals writing letters will be sent an e-mail from College Net with instructions to fill out an evaluation form and attach a copy of their letter to that. These items will be uploaded to the student's account when complete.
- Submit online a two to three page statement of purpose letter indicating the importance of your goals and academic interests and how these goals and interests relate to the sub-fields of Communication Studies upon which currently faculty focus. If there are faculty members whose research/teaching you find particularly interesting, please list them at the conclusion of your statement.
- Submit online a resume or curriculum vita
- Submit a research writing sample
Applicants are evaluated on the overall strength of their materials based on a balance of the following criteria: academic record as reflected in overall GPA and GPA in Communication Studies or a related major; the GRE or other appropriate tests for international applicants; the degree to which the statement of purpose represents a sophisticated interest in studying a sub-field emphasized by faculty in the department; the strength of recommendation letters; and the strength of the research sample submitted by the student. While specific criteria are listed for the GRE and student grades, the final judgment is based on the overall strength of the application as reflected in all of the criteria listed.