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Application Requirement and Process

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GRE requirement will be OPTIONAL for UIC COMMUNICATION (MA) and (PhD) degree program applicants for Fall 2022 applications. Applicants who would like to submit GRE test scores with their application may still do so. If you chose not to, please email after you submit your application so it is appropriately waived. If you do not inform us that you are choosing not submit your GRE scores, your application will be left incomplete.

The application deadline for all applications including international students, assistantships, fellowships, or tuition waivers consideration is January 15. Funding is subject to availability. For additional information, please review the Department FAQ page.

IMPORTANT! When prompted, use the following Department of Communication codes — PhD: 20FS9953PHD, MA: 20FS1113MA.

After completing the “online graduate application,” you will receive in three-to-five days an email acknowledging receipt of your application and instructing you to log back into your application to upload other application documents. For additional information about the application process and the uploading of documents, please visit the Office of Admissions & Records (OAR) webpage.

Because OAR processes tens of thousands of applications each year, please upload the following documents as early as you can:

  • GRE scores (use Code 1851).
  • TOEFL scores, if applicable (use Code 1851).
  • Transcripts (upload only) – DO NOT mail hard copies to Communication.
  • Personal Statement (600 words).
  • Résumé (1–2 pages).
  • Writing sample (see FAQs for guidelines).
    Optional for MA applicants (but recommended).
    Required for PhD applicants (MA thesis or sustained writing sample).
  • Three letters of recommendation.
    (M.A. – preferably two from professors; Ph.D. – preferably from professors.)
  • Application for Graduate Appointment for assistantship/fellowship consideration (optional but strongly recommended).