Admission to the Ph.D. program is competitive and contingent upon admission to the Graduate School.

Doctoral students are admitted only in the Fall term. Deadline for applications is January 15.

Admission requirements

At a minimum, Ph.D. applicants are required to have:

  1. An undergraduate degree in communication or related field;
  2. A master's degree in communication or related field, with a 3.5 GPA;
  3. Strong analytical and writing skills; and
  4. GRE: Scores may be provided as additional evidence of academic potential, but are no longer required for consideration.

Application requirements

  1. Completed Application;
  2. Academic Statement of Purpose;
  3. Scholarly/academic Writing Sample; and
  4. Letters of Recommendation.

Application Optional Material:

GRE Scores (Institution Code: 1898). Not required, but can be provided as evidence of academic potential.

For more information regarding admissions and the application process, please refer to the Ph.D. Handbook.

International applicants

Applicants whose undergraduate degree is not from the United States or other English speaking countries are also required to submit official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores to Graduate Admissions.

Additional requirements, such as academic transcript verification, can be found at the Graduate Admissions International Applicants page.