Ph.D. Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I get an application for a graduate fellowship or assistantship?
    A graduate fellowship/assistantship application is included with the Graduate Application materials.
  2. How many credits can will I be granted for my MA from another university?
    The number of credits will be determined by the start of the third semester in consultation with your academic advisor and your plan of study committee. Students may receive up to 33 credits of advanced standing on the approval of their plan of study committee, and this credit may or may not include credit for required courses. It also is possible for students with or without a master’s in communication to receive advanced standing for one or more courses in a related discipline. 
  3. Are TOEFL or IELTS scores required for all international students?
    All international applicants must submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores, except for those who have earned B.A. or M.A. degrees in English speaking countries.
  4. Are GRE scores required for admission to the program?
    Yes. GRE scores are required for all applicants to the Ph.D. program.
  5. Do you have GRE cutoffs?
    The department does not have a set cut of for the GRE scores.  However, 1100 for combined verbal and quantitative provides a working target.
  6. What do I need to include when I apply to the Ph.D. 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), an application fee, and international students must fill out a financial affidavit as part of their application packet.
  7. When is the application deadline?
    All applications must be received by Feb. 20 for consideration for fall admission.  The program may only be started in the fall semester.