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College of Information and Communications

Admission Guidelines

UPDATE (3/25/20): Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the application deadline for the MA program has been extended to May 15. We are also temporarily evaluating applications without GRE scores due to testing center closures and limited online testing options. Please contact us prior to applying if you intend to apply without reporting a GRE score.

If you're applying to our master's program, start by gathering your materials and information. Applications are processed by the university's Graduate School. 

To apply, you'll need:

  • Your official score from the GRE.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from an academic source.
  • Your official academic transcript.
  • Your résumé.
  • Your Statement of Objectives, which explains why you are applying.

Competency requirement:

Applicants must be competent in statistical reasoning. If you haven't completed a course in descriptive or inferential statistics, we offer one in the summer as part of our Camp Carolina. 


Once you've completed your application, submit your forms and documentation to the Graduate School, along with your application fee. Your application won't be reviewed until everything is received. It's best to arrange for document transfers and transcripts well in advance of the application deadline.

Your application will be reviewed by the school's Admissions Committee, which will then make a recommendation to the Graduate School. You will be notified by the Graduate School about the status of your application.

Students who are admitted usually have:

  • At least a 3.0 grade point average
  • A combined GRE score of 300 (153 verbal and 147 quantitative)* and a 4.0 analytical writing score. 
    *These scores are the minimum of what we typically accept, but some other applicants may be admitted with additional qualifications.
  • If you're an international student, you will need to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 90 or score a 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Those with a degree from an English-speaking institution are eligible for an exemption from this requirement.

Typical students exceed these marks, but exceptions are made for those who are unusually promising in other ways, such as overcoming formidable odds or years of solid professional experience.

* GRE waiver requests for applicants who have completed at least 12 graduate credit hours with a grade of B or higher should be emailed to George Fetner (

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