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Admission to the Ph.D. Program


We only admit students whose degree objective is the Ph.D. We do not offer a terminal Master's program.

Fall 2024 Deadline

The Communication Department only admits students once per year for the fall quarter. 

The online application may be found on the Division of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA) Admissions websiteFor Fall 2024, the application opens on September 6, 2023, and the deadline to submit an application is December 6, 2023. 

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (undergraduate major does not need to be in Communication)
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent)
  • GRE General Test score is not required
  • International applicants: Demonstrate English language proficiency

Application Checklist

A completed admissions application includes the items below. All items must be received by the application deadline. Do not mail hard copy materials. All documents must be uploaded and submitted via the online application system.

Admission Decision

All materials must be submitted by the deadline to be considered for admission.
We do not admit on a 'rolling' basis. The review of applications begins after the application deadline.
Applicants are notified of the admission decision via email, usually by the end of February.