M.A. Frequently Asked Questions

  1. May I take graduate courses in the Department of Communication without having been accepted in the MA program?
  2. How many credits earned as a nonmatriculated student can be counted in the program?
  3. How many credits can be transferred from another program?
  4. What are the main reasons that applicants are rejected?
  5. What is the minimal TOEFL/IELTS score required in the MA program?
  6. Are TOEFL/IELTS scores required for all international students?
  7. Is the coursework in the MA program sequenced?
  8. What is the application deadline?
  9. Are GRE scores required for admission to the MA program?
  10. What do I need to include when I apply to the graduate program?
  11. What is the minimum GPA requirement for acceptance into the MA program?  

  1. May I take graduate courses in the Department of Communication without having been accepted in the MA program?
    You may take courses if you are accepted as a nondegree student. An application for Nondegree Graduate Study can be found online. To be accepted as a nondegree student, you will need an official transcript and a GPA of at least 2.5.
  2. How many credits earned as a nonmatriculated student can be counted in the program?
    A non-degree student can earn a maximum of 12 graduate credits. If a non-degree student then applies for and is admitted into a degree program, non-degree graduate credits will be applied to the fulfillment of degree requirements. It should be emphasized that it does not guarantee admission to the degree program to first take graduate courses on a non-degree basis.
  3. How many credits can be transferred from another program?
    A maximum of 6 credits can be transferred in from another program.
  4. What are the main reasons that applicants are rejected?
    The main reasons for rejection are (1) a weak undergraduate record,  (2) a low TOEFL score for international students, and (3) poor match between student goals and our program offerings (e.g., applying with the expectation that the program will provide preparation for a career in broadcasting).
  5. What is the minimal TOEFL/IELTS score required in the MA program?
    The minimum TOEFL score required for admission to our graduate program is 580 (paper-based total), 237 (computer-based total) or 93 (internet-based total). The minimum IELTS score is 6.6. 
  6. Are TOEFL/IELTS scores required for all international students?
    Yes, all international applicants must submit TOEFL or IEFLTS scores except for those who have earned BA or MA degrees in English-speaking countries.
  7. Is the coursework in the MA program sequenced?
    The program core courses and the substantive core courses are designed to be taken early in the program. The two program core courses are Communication Theory and Practice (COM 502) and Communication Research Methods (COM 525). In political communication, a substantive core course is Theories and Research in Political Communication (COM 520); in organizational communication, a substantive core course is Theories and Research in Public Organizational Communication (COM 551); in interpersonal interaction/cultural practices, the substantive core courses are Interpersonal Interaction (COM 575) and Culture and Communication (COM 577).
  8. What is the application deadline?
    For fall admission, the deadline for U.S. citizens July 15. International students must submit a completed application no later than June 15 in order to allow time for processing the additional forms. The deadline for students applying for spring semester is November 1.
  9. Are GRE scores required for admission to the MA program?
    GRE scores are not required for admission to the MA program.   
  10. What do I need to include when I apply to the graduate program?
    The graduate application file consists of the application form including a personal statement, recommendation letters written by academic referees, transcripts, a writing sample (generally a paper written for a course in college), a $75 application fee, and international students must fill out a financial affidavit as part of their application packet.
  11. What is the minimum GPA requirement for acceptance into the MA program?
    The minimum GPA requirement is 3.0.