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The program takes social scientific and critical approaches to the study of communication. The MA program is designed to further enhance the understanding of the communication process by allowing students to study various aspects of communication in greater depth. The doctoral program is designed for those interested in specializing in a specific area of communication research. The graduate program offers specializations in: Interpersonal and Family Communication; Mediated Communication;  Organizational Communication; Political Communication; Health and Crisis Communication; and Identity and Diversity Communication.

Degrees Offered

Communication, Master of Arts

On Campus

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: January 15

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in communication may be required to take course work beyond the required 30 hours to provide necessary background.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Minimum GRE Scores

Test Type Verbal Quantitative Analytical
GRE1531444.0

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

Communication, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

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-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Minimum GRE Scores

Test Type Verbal Quantitative Analytical
GRE1531444.0

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