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What is the deadline for submitting my application to your program?

Ph.D. (Mass Communications) application deadline is December 15
MA (Media Studies) application deadline is January 15

Do you accept applicants for spring semester?

We offer fall admission only.

How many new students are enrolled each year?

We typically admit 10-12 Ph.D. students and 6-8 master’s students.

What is the average time to complete a graduate degree?

The average time frame for doctoral students to complete their degree is four years (three years for course work and one year for writing the dissertation), although some students finish earlier.

Masters students should be able to complete their degree in two years at full-time registration (30 credits of course work and six credits of thesis).

What type of teaching and research assistantships are available to first-year doctoral students?

The majority of our assistantships are to assist faculty in undergraduate courses.

What do assistantships include (tuition waiver, stipend, etc)?

Assistantship cover stipend, tuition, and health benefits.

About how many doctoral students in the college receive an assistantship?

The college usually offers 12-15 assistantships to new students each year.

Is a masters’ degree required to apply for your Ph.D. program?

It is strongly recommended.

How many letters of recommendation are required?

Three.

Is there a form for recommendations?

The recommenders are asked to fill out a ratings form in the application. This request is sent to the recommender as soon as the application is submitted online. The recommender can include additional information at the end of the ratings form.

Is there a required GPA to be admitted into your graduate program?

Competitive applications include a GPA of at least 3.0.

Does your college require a minimum GRE score to be considered?

The graduate committee looks for a combined score of at least 300 on the quantitative and verbal sections and at least a 3.5 on the analytical writing portion of the exam.

Is there a required TOEFL score?

The College of Communications requires a combined score of at least 80 with at least a 24 on the speaking score.

If I earn a degree in the United States, can my TOEFL score be waived?

Yes.

Does your program offer online courses at the graduate level?

At this time, we do not offer online courses.

Is there a residency requirement for your Ph.D. program?

The university requires Ph.D. students to be in residence and registered full-time at University Park for two consecutive semesters (excluding summer).

Page last updated: June 10, 2013