Admission Steps

Communication Studies - MA

Admission Requirements

Terms and Deadlines

For the 2018-2019 academic year

Fall 2018 quarter (beginning in September)

  • Priority deadline: February 15, 2018

  • Final submission deadline: September 7, 2018

Winter 2019 quarter (beginning in January)

  • Priority deadline: March 15, 2018

  • Final submission deadline: January 11, 2019

Spring 2019 quarter (beginning in March)

  • Priority deadline: June 15, 2018

  • Final submission deadline: April 5, 2019

Priority deadline: Applications will be considered after the Priority deadline provided space is available.

Final submission deadline: Applicants cannot submit applications after the final submission deadline.

Degree and GPA Requirements

Degrees and GPA Requirements

Bachelors degree: All graduate applicants must hold an earned baccalaureate from a regionally accredited college or university or the recognized equivalent from an international institution.

Grade point average: The minimum undergraduate GPA for admission consideration for graduate study at the University of Denver is a cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits (approximately two years of work) for the baccalaureate degree. An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution supersedes the minimum standards for the baccalaureate. For applicants with graduate coursework but who have not earned a master’s degree or higher, the GPA from the graduate work may be used to meet the requirement. The minimum GPA is a cumulative 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all graduate coursework undertaken.

Program GPA requirement: The minimum undergraduate GPA for admission consideration for this program is a cumulative 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Prerequisites

Prerequisites

Bachelor’s degree in communication or a related field.

Additional Standards for Non-Native English Speakers

Additional Standards for Non-Native English Speakers

Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) are required of all graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship status, whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language. Your TOEFL/IELTS/CAE scores are valid for two years from the test date.

The minimum TOEFL/IELTS/CAE test score requirements for this degree program are:

  • Minimum TOEFL Score (Internet-based test): 88

  • Minimum TOEFL Score (Paper-based test): 570

  • Minimum IELTS Score: 7.0

  • Minimum CAE Score: 185

English Conditional Acceptance Offered: No, this program does not offer English Conditional Admission.

Additional Standards for International Applicants

Additional Standards for International Applicants

Per Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) regulation, international applicants must meet all standards for admission before an I-20 or DS-2019 is issued, [per U.S. Federal Register: 8 CFR § 214.3(k)] or is academically eligible for admission and is admitted [per 22 C.F.R. §62]. Read the Additional Standards For International Applicants policy for more details.

Application Materials

Transcripts

Transcripts

We require a scanned copy of your transcripts from every college or university you have attended. Scanned copies must be clearly legible and sized to print on standard 8½-by-11-inch paper. Transcripts that do not show degrees awarded must also be accompanied by a scanned copy of the diploma or degree certificate. If your academic transcripts were issued in a language other than English, both the original documents and certified English translations are required.

Upon admission to the University of Denver, official transcripts will be required from each institution attended.

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized Test Scores

Program Test Requirements: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing agency by the deadline. The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842.

This program has minimum GRE score requirements.

  • The minimum overall score for the GRE is 286

University Standardized Test Policy

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be submitted by recommenders through the online application.

Required Essays and Statements

Essays and Statements

Personal Statement Instructions

Applicants must submit a 2-4 page personal statement, articulating their scholarly interests in pursuing an MA in Communication Studies. The statement should include professional goals relative to advanced study while in our program and after graduation. Applicants should identify faculty members with whom they would like to collaborate and explain how their research interests connect with those faculty members.

Résumé

Résumé Instructions

The résumé (or C.V.) should include work experience, research, and/or volunteer work.

Start the Application

Online Application

Start Your Application

Your submitted materials will be reviewed once all materials and application fees have been received.

Apply Now

Our program can only consider your application for admission if our Office of Graduate Studies has received all your online materials and supplemental materials by our application deadline.

Application Fee: $65.00 Application Fee

Financial Aid Information

Financial Aid Information

Applicants should complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for additional information.