Admissions

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 February 1.


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 at the 50th percentile for verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing (for 2022-2023 admission, we are waiving the GRE requirement. Scores may be provided as additional evidence of academic potential, but are not required).

Application requirements

  1. Completed Application;
  2. GRE Scores (Institution Code: 1898); (for 2022-2023 admission, we are waiving the GRE requirement. Scores may be provided as additional evidence of academic potential, but are not required).
  3. Academic Statement of Purpose;
  4. Scholarly/academic Writing Sample; and
  5. Letters of Recommendation.

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.