Application Requirements

Application Deadline

The application will open November 1. Applications for admission will be reviewed beginning on February 15. We will continue to consider applications for fall admission on a rolling basis until May 15 or until all available seats in the program are filled. To be considered for a Graduate Assistantship, all applications materials and the assistantship application must be submitted by February 15.

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International Applicants

International Graduate Information

International applicants will upload a credential evaluation of their non-U.S. college or university transcripts from one of the services listed at this link: Credential_Evaluation

Test Requirements

GRE test not required.

Required Electronically
  • Application
  • Application fee

Transcripts of all previous academic work at the undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) level. 
Applicants must upload unofficial copies of their transcripts and if admitted, all transcripts will be verified by the Graduate School. Applicants who previously attended James Madison University still need to upload an unofficial transcript, but do not need to provide official transcripts for verification.

Required by Program
  • A written statement of educational and professional goals (500 words)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors, employers, and other professionals qualified to judge the applicant's ability to successfully complete a graduate program. Letters of recommendation for those applying for Graduate Teaching Assistantships should address applicant's potential for teaching.

Additional Materials (Optional)

Students who have not taken undergraduate coursework in research methods in communication or a related field are encouraged to submit a writing sample that demonstrates their writing, research, and analytical proficiencies. Students who have questions about their research methods preparation are encouraged to contact the Program Director.


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