Graduate Admissions

The Graduate Admissions Committee considers applications in light of multiple factors. These include the applicant's undergraduate and graduate grade point average, GRE scores, statement of purpose, writing samples, relevant employment history, and letters of recommendation. Admission is always contingent on the program's ability to provide faculty expertise appropriate to a student's specific research interests. We encourage all applicants to arrange time for a campus visit. 

Applicants whose highest degree is from a foreign university must have their credentials evaluated. The committee will accept evaluations done by any credentialing agency listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services web site ( A course-by course report is required.

Admissions Process

Applicants must submit two (2) separate applications.

Departmental Application

Applicants submit certain materials to the Department of Communication – e.g., letters of recommendation, writing samples, statement of purpose, and so on – to be directed to our department application, CLICK HERE

For answers to frequently asked questions about applying to our program, CLICK HERE

University Application

Applicants submit certain materials to the Graduate School – e.g., official transcripts and GRE scores – via the graduate school webpage. The committee does not review an applicant's case for admission until s/he has completed each of the two (2) required applications. All components – including an official GRE score – must be in place before review can begin. Fall admission is standard and preferred. In exceptional cases, the committee will consider applicants for Spring admission to the Master's program but not to the Doctoral program.

The Department of Communication reviews applications for admission on a continuous basis. If you've questions, please email Director of Graduate Studies, Antonio de Velasco (

All admissions questions should be directed to the Director of Graduate Studies.