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College of Mass Communications and Information Studies


Admission Guidelines

If you’re interested in applying for our Ph.D. program at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, here’s what you’ll need to provide:

  • A completed online application.
  • Academic record, especially work done at the master’s level.
  • Score on the GRE.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Written statement explaining why you want to pursue this degree, with career hopes and expectations.
  • Resume showing professional experience.
  • A completed master’s degree or one close to completion. It doesn’t have to be in journalism or mass communications, although if not, additional coursework might be required.

Although it is not required for your application, we encourage you to send writing samples.

Students who are admitted usually have:

  • At least a 3.0 grade point average for undergraduate and graduate school.
  • A combined GRE score of 300 and a 4.5 or better analytical writing score, though exceptions have been made for applicants with unusually strong professional backgrounds or outstanding professional and intellectual promise.
  • At least one year, and often much more, experience as a journalism/mass communication professional.
  • A working knowledge of statistical reasoning. If you haven’t taken a course in descriptive or inferential statistics, you’ll need to do so either before enrolling or during your first or second semester.

If you’re an international student and need to take the Test for English as a Second Language, you’ll need a score of at least 600.

More details are available in the official program manual (pdf).