Demonstrate Your Commitment and Interest
Applicants for the Communication (PhD) degree program must hold an accredited bachelor's degree and a master's degree in communication, or a related field, with a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher, unless the applicant demonstrates comparable experience. The degree does not have to be in the field of communication or be research-based, as many of our PhD students have master's degrees in film or journalism.
Applicants must submit a statement of purpose that outlines the intended research area, what research methods and theories the applicant will use, and which faculty members the applicant hopes to work with.
The candidate must also submit either a master's thesis or another example of substantial research. The GRE is optional. Students should submit their official GRE scores to CEEB code 5007 if desired.
The School of Communication's PhD program operates on a hard deadline. Applications must be received by December 15th. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
A complete PhD application consists of the following:
- Statement of purpose
- University transcripts from all universities attended (transcripts from outside of the U.S. must be evaluated by a NACES approevd organization)
- Two letters of recommendation
- GRE scores (optional)
- Master's thesis (or another example of substantial research)
- Proof of English proficiency (100 on the TOEFL, 7.0 on the IELTS, 120 on Duolingo, or a bachelor or master's degree from a university in an English speaking country)
The admissions committee may ask applicants to interview with the program director and affiliated faculty. Interviews are conducted either on campus or virtually.