Graduate Admissions

Want to apply for our Grad program? Here’s what you need to know…

Requirements

Candidates must meet the requirements from both the UConn Graduate School and the Department of Communication to have their application considered. Applicants to the M.A. program must have a bachelor’s degree by the time they begin the program. Applicants to the Ph.D. program must have a master’s degree by the time they begin the program. Previous degrees do not need to be in communication; students from all programs will be considered for admission.

UConn Graduate School Requirements

The Grad School has requirements concerning your undergraduate degree, official transcripts, graduate test scores and English proficiency. Please visit the Graduate School’s Admissions Requirements webpage for detailed information.

Communication Department Requirements

The Communication department requires the written, verbal, and quantitative Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, complete transcripts, and, for non-native speakers of English, TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores. There are no specific requirements regarding the content or length of the personal statement. Please note that your personal statement and letters of recommendation must be submitted via the Hobson’s Apply Yourself On-line Application System. Hard copies that are mailed to the department will not be accepted.

GRETo be considered for admission to either the MA or PhD program, applicants must have a minimum score that is above the 25th centile on each of the written, verbal, and quantitative components. (UConn GRE code: 3915)

International Students: Please note that our department does not accept the language proficiency waiver. See below for department requirements regarding test scores:

TOEFL: Applicants must score 23 or above on the Reading, Listening and Writing components. Additionally, applicants must score a 27 or above on the Speaking component and have a combined TOEFL score total of at least 100.

IELTS: Applicants must receive an overall band score of 7. Additionally, applicants must receive a Speaking band score of 8.0 or higher.

PTE: Applicants must receive a score of 74 or higher.

Applications with scores that do no meet our requirements will not be reviewed.

Application Timeline

The Communication department accepts applications on a rolling basis. However, to be eligible for financial aid, your completed application must be received by December 1 for admission consideration for the following fall. In addition, international applications must be received by December 1 to be considered for fall admission, whether financial aid is needed or not. Applications for the following spring must be received by November 1. We cannot guarantee that applications received after these dates can be considered. Students must supply their most recent undergraduate and (where appropriate) graduate transcripts. If official transcripts are not yet available, unofficial transcripts may be submitted in the application, but official transcripts must be supplied prior to matriculation, if the candidate is accepted for admission.

Come December 1, the Graduate Admissions Committee will begin screening fall-semester applications periodically, and applicants will be notified of their standing as soon as possible. All necessary recommendation letters, transcripts, test scores, and personal statements must be received before the Admissions Committee can come to a final decision on an application. Most admission decisions, but not all, will be made by April 15.

Application Process

Applications are submitted directly to the UConn Graduate School through an online system. Before applying, take a few minutes to check out the UConn Graduate School Fee Waiver Policy.

First, here’s an overview of what you’ll need to do in order to apply:

  1. Complete all required fields of the online application
  2. Submit a personal statement
  3. Provide GRE scores
  4. For those whose first language is not English, provide TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores
  5. Provide academic transcripts from prior post-secondary programs
  6. Submit or arrange to provide three letters of recommendation
  7. Submit payment of the application fee

Now you’re ready! The links below include a helpful checklist for the application process and link to the Graduate School’s online application:

Domestic & Permanent Residents: apply here

International Students: apply here

 

We look forward to receiving your application!