Application Requirements

Application Deadline

The application will open October 15. Applications for admission will be reviewed beginning on February 1. However, we will continue to consider applications for Fall admission on a rolling basis until April 1 or until all available seats in the program are filled.

To ensure consideration for a Graduate Assistantship, all application materials must be submitted by Feb. 1.

Program Begins


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

The GRE, GMAT or MAT is required for all WRTC applicants who do not meet any of the following conditions:

  1. Hold a graduate level degree.
  2. Have successfully completed two or more WRTC graduate level courses with a grade of at least A- (A minus) in each course.
  3. Have two or more years of professional experience utilizing writing, editing, design or other skills important to successful communication.
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
  • Submit a research statement that explains how the graduate program relates to the applicant's prior experience, how specific faculty research agendas speak to the applicant's own interests and how the program fits into the applicant's long-term professional goals.
  • 20-30 pages (or equivalent) of academic and/or professional work samples (essays, reports, proposals, websites, visual campaigns, etc.) comprised of one or more documents.
  • At least three letters of recommendation from people who are qualified based on direct experience with the student to comment on the applicant's academic preparation and professional experience.


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