Graduate Program Admission


Candidates must meet the requirements for admission to both the UConn Graduate School and the Department of Communication graduate program.

University Entrance Requirements

To be admitted to the University of Connecticut Graduate School, you should have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4 point system). In some cases, students are admitted on a probationary status with a cumulative grade point average lower than 3.0. For more information see the Graduate School Admissions Requirements web page.

Department Requirements

In addition to the above grade 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, a TOEFL score.

To be considered for admission to either the MA or PhD program, applicants must have a minimum score that is above the 25th centile on the written, verbal, and quantitative components of the Graduate Record Examinations (GREs). International applicants must also score above 23 on all components of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Where deficiencies in preparation exist, a student may be required to take or audit courses or to complete equivalent reading programs at the discretion of the student’s Advisory Committee.

Note: An undergraduate major in communication is not required; students from all baccalaureate programs will be considered for admission.

Application Timeline

The large majority of applications are submitted for admission starting in fall semester. Applications will be screened periodically, and applicants will be notified of their standing as soon as possible. Applications and necessary recommendations, transcripts, test scores, and personal statements must be received with the application before the application can be screened. To be eligible for financial aid, your completed application must be received by January 1. Most admission decisions will be made by April 15.

International applications must be received by January 1 to be considered for fall admission, whether financial aid is needed or not. We cannot guarantee that applications received after these dates can be considered. There is a non-refundable application processing fee that cannot be waived. 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.

Application Process

Applications are submitted directly to the UConn Graduate School through an online system. Go to the Graduate School information for prospective students.

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 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

All application materials should be submitted via the Graduate School’s online system, with the only exception being letters of recommendation where the recommender wishes to submit letters directly to us. In such cases, letters of recommendation may be sent to the Department of Communication, using the following address:

Department of Communication
337 Mansfield Rd., Unit 1259
Storrs, CT 06269-1259


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