Application Requirements

Application Deadline

The application will open November 1. Review of applications begins on February 1. To be considered for a Graduate Assistantship or the Gabbard-Alley Scholarship in Health Communication all application materials and the Assistantship/Gabbard-Alley Scholarship application(s) must be submitted by February 1.

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Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions should be uploaded with your electronic application and may be used for departmental admission review purposes. If offered admission, you will be directed and required to submit to the JMU Graduate School an official transcript from any institution from which a degree has been awarded to finalize your admission. Transcripts are considered official if they are sent to JMU directly from the issuing institution.

Required by Program
  • A written statement of educational and professional goals addressing how the JMU MA program in Communication and Advocacy will better enable you to achieve those goals. (500 words)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Essay - Most of the world's problems derive from a failure to communicate. Discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the preceding statement. Explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position you should consider how the statement might or might not hold true. Explain how these considerations shape your position in 500-750 words. Be sure to proof read your essay. You will be evaluated on quality of argumentation and clarity of writing.
  • 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.

Test Requirements
Not required.
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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

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