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College of Information and Communications

Master of Arts

Admission Guidelines

If you're applying to our master's program, start by gathering your materials and information.

Please note that our MA is a scholarly program, where students intend to learn skills and knowledge necessary for pursuing a research profession or a doctoral degree later. If you intend to obtain advanced knowledge and skill to become a professional in the communication industries, you may want to consider applying for our professional master’s degree (MMC) instead.

Applications are processed by the university's Graduate School. 

To apply, you'll need:

  • 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.
  • GRE scores (optional).

Applications submitted by the Priority deadlines have top consideration for admission and funding.

Term Priority Deadlines Final Deadline
Spring   October 15
Fall February 1 April 1

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
  • 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.

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