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Graduate Program

M.A. and Ph.D.

A graduate degree requires a great deal of work, as well as the deferring of income. We strongly urge potential applicants to consider carefully their academic and long range career goals before applying for M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. You are also urged to consult the most recent Graduate School Catalog. Please check the Graduate School Bulletin for residency requirements for all degrees. Also, keep in mind the important deadlines for the Fall 2014 academic year.

Graduate Concentrations

Although many of our faculty and students specialize in one area, the faculty view communication studies as an integrated and coherent discipline, and work together developing research projects, and assisting in graduate research and instruction. The faculty require that all graduate students take course work in both concentrations.

The department offers both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. The main objective of the graduate program is to prepare students to become researchers and teachers in universities and colleges. Through formal course work, independent study, directed research projects, and participation in team research supervised by faculty, students have many opportunities for training and experience in research. Those with teaching assistantships acquire extensive teaching experience under the supervision of senior faculty.

Important Deadlines

For Admission

Available space in our graduate program fills quickly each year. Prospective students should apply using the on-line Apply Yourself system through the Graduate Admissions Office, no later than December 1, 2014 for admission in fall 2015.

It is also important for you to know that admission decisions are not made until we have three letters of recommendation on file. Those letters should be submitted as part of your application that you upload to the Apply Yourself system.

When using the ApplyYourself system, be sure to choose Communication Studies on the drop-down menu that lists graduate programs at the University of Minnesota.

Please Note: All applicants must take the GRE.

All students for whom English is not their first language are required to take the TOEFL. All applicants whose native language is not English or who have not previously completed a degree in English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and must score at least 550 (paper version) or 213 (computer version). They should also provide a short example of their academic writing in English authored solely by themselves.

For Graduate Assistantships

We recommend highly that your applications are complete before the end of December. The application form should be mailed to the department and not to the Graduate School. If you are applying for admission online be sure to contact the department office and ask that a financial aid application be mailed to you.

For Fellowships

These are highly desirable and competitive. We may nominate a few outstanding persons. We must have transcripts of all college work, Graduate Record Examination Scores, and three strong letters of recommendation no later than December 1, 2014. See Financial Opportunities for full description of available Fellowships.

Step-by-step guide to applying for admission

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