Application Requirements and Process

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 FAQs 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 Appointmentfor assistantship/fellowship consideration (optional but strongly recommended). See instructions for this form.