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Doctorate in Communication

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: January 15

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 preferred
  • Admission procedures for students who have completed the MA degree elsewhere and wish to become PhD candidates are identical to the departmental requirements outlined for MA candidates. Only those applicants who show evidence of a clear likelihood of successful doctoral work are admitted.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet -based 80 17 17 17 17
TOEFL Paper-based 550 52 52 N/A 52
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6

Minimum GRE Scores

When did you take the GRE? Verbal Quantitative Analytical
Prior to August 1, 2011 500 500 4.0
On or after August 1, 2011 153 144 4.0

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.  
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Communication Program

The following items must be uploaded to your Graduate Studies online application:

  • Communication Departmental Application (built into the Graduate Studies online application)
  • Three letters of recommendation, which should come from qualified people (former or present instructors) who can attest to your ability to complete graduate study
  • Statement of purpose (no more than 500 words)
  • Writing sample- should be scholarly, but can be on a topic of your choice.  The sample can be relatively short, but must be no more than 25 pages.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (verbal, quantitative, analytical), taken within the past five years

Admission contact information

Cathy Illingworth
108 Switzler Hall
Columbia, MO 65211