Wayne State University



Undergraduate students

Admission to Wayne State University is selective. In order to qualify for admission an applicant must submit the following in addition to their application: official high school transcript, ACT or SAT test scores and a demonstrated ability to undertake a college degree program.

Transfer students may be admitted, without consideration of high school work (transcripts and test scores), upon completion of at least 24 credits of transferrable college-level coursework, with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher, from an accredited institution. Students must achieve a "C" or higher in individual courses considered for transfer credit.

Admission to the department is satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the university. There is no secondary application process. Warrior Strong photo shoot

Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions

The Welcome Center
42 W. Warren Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201


Graduate students

Admission deadlines

  • Ph.D. applications due January 15th for Fall. 
  • M.A. applications are due June 1st for Fall and November 1st for Winter. 
  • Graduate Certificate applications due August 1 for Fall, November 1st for Winter, and April 1st for Spring.

Master of Arts

Admission is competitive and is based on each student's entire academic record. M.A. applicants are admitted twice a year, for the fall semester and the winter semester. The deadline date for applications for the fall semester is June 1; for the winter semester it is November 1.

For specific instructions on how to apply to the university as a graduate student, visit the Office of Graduate Admissions. In addition to the items required by the Office of Graduate Admissions, the Department of Communication also requires:

  • An academic/professional statement. This should discuss: your academic and professional interests, your preparation for graduate work in your area of interest, and how a graduate degree serves your career plans.
  • A sample of academic writing, such as a final paper or a research report. Typically the writing sample ranges from 10 to 20 pages of text.

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral students are only admitted for the fall semester. Applications are due January 15. Applicants must ensure that all materials are received via the online application site of the Office of Graduate Admissions by the deadline date. This includes GRE scores and transcripts from other institutions. Admission is competitive and is based on each applicant's entire academic record.

Complete guidelines for application to the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) program can be found in the Ph.D. Handbook. The Office of Graduate Admissions is also a valuable resource.

The graduate application package consists of:

  • An Application for Graduate Admission. The form must be submitted electronically.

  • Official transcripts from every college or university previously attended. 
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. Scores must be within 5 years of the date of proposed admission.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess the applicant's scholarly potential. These must be submitted through the online application system noted above.
  • A statement of academic interest and professional goals (2-3 pages). Students should discuss:  reasons for seeking admission into the department's Ph.D. program, specific research interests and which faculty member (or set of faculty members) in the department are relevant to those interests.
  • A sample of written scholarship, such as a research paper, thesis, published manuscript, or book chapter.
  • A resume or vita is recommended but not required.
  • International Students are also required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) results; the minimum acceptable score is 100 on the iBT, internet-based test. International students who have an undergraduate degree from an American university or whose native language is English do not need to take the TOEFL test.

Financial aid:

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships is available through the Department of Communication. These appointments carry a stipend, health insurance and a tuition waiver. Applications for a Graduate Assistantship are available on the Ph.D. program webpage. This form can be submitted online with the application packet or mailed directly to the Department of Communication.

Other funding opportunities are available through the university's Graduate School and Office of Financial Aid.