Graduate Admissions

Want to apply for our Grad program? Here's what you need to know...

Application Timeline

The Communication Department accepts applications on a rolling basis. However, December 1 is the deadline to receive priority consideration regarding admission and assistantships for the following fall. Applications for the following spring must be received by November 1. We cannot guarantee that applications received after these dates will 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. Official transcripts must be supplied prior to matriculation, if the candidate is accepted for admission.

Beginning on December 1, the Graduate Admissions Committee will screen fall-semester applications periodically, and applicants will be notified of their standing as soon as possible. All necessary recommendation letters, transcripts, test scores, writing samples, CV/resumes, 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.


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, a writing sample, a CV/resume, 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 all application materials must be submitted via the Slate online 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 accept the Grad School Language Proficiency Examination Waiver. If you are not eligible for the waiver, we require that all international applicants take one of the tests below. The department requires the following scores for whichever test option you choose:

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 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, including whether you want to be considered for a fellowship (more info on fellowships)
  2. Submit a personal statement
  3. Submit a CV/resume
  4. Submit a writing sample
  5. Provide GRE scores
  6. For those whose first language is not English, provide TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores (or documentation for waiver)
  7. Provide academic transcripts from prior post-secondary programs
  8. Submit or arrange to provide three letters of recommendation
  9. Submit payment of the application fee

Now you're ready! Click the button below and you will be led to the application portal:

We look forward to receiving your application!

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