Program: Application Process
updated 11/7/2011


  1. The Department of Communication normally admits applicants to the graduate program once a year for the semester beginning in September. Applicants applying for admission and a department graduate teaching assistantship should have their application file completed by February 1 for admission in September. Applicants applying for admission only should have their application file completed by May 1. Students are not typically admitted to begin their studies during the spring semester.

  2. All applicants must submit an official copy of his/her undergraduate transcript(s) from all schools attended (if applicant had undertaken prior graduate study, transcript from those programs also must be submitted). Both total GPA and major GPA are important. Students who have enrolled in our program have had above a 3.0 in both categories and candidates are expected to meet this level.

  3. All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General (Aptitude) Test. GRE scores should be between a minimum of 153 to 160 on the verbal portion of the exam and a minimum of between 146 to 151 on the quantitative portion of the exam. Applicants are expected to have a score of 4.5 or higher on the written portion of the exam. Subject (Advances) Tests offered by the GRE are not required. If the applicant, in the course of completing graduate school applications, take other relevant national examination, such as the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), or Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT), the applicant may forward those scores to us. However, none can be substituted for the GRE.

  4. Three letters of recommendation must be received by the department before the applicant can be considered for acceptance to the program.

  5. In addition to the statement which must accompany the graduate application the applicant must write a short essay addressing the following issues: (a) Upon what past experiences and interests do you base your present decision to apply to apply for admission to the graduate program in communication? (b) What is your definition of communication in the context of your interest area? (c) How does study for the M.A. in communication in our department fit into your short- and long-term goals and career aspirations? (d) Is there any other information, not covered elsewhere in your application, which you would like to share with the department’s Graduate Admissions Committee? This essay usually is three to five pages in length.

  6. Applicants for admission whose native language is not English must take, in addition to the Graduate Record Examination, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and receive a score of at least 650 for the paper based exam, 280 for the computer based exam, and 114 for the internet version. Any such applicant, who also is applying for a graduate teaching assistantship from the department, also must take the Test of Spoken English (TSE). All scores must be received before an admissions and/or aid decision is rendered.

  7. Applicants may visit our campus and meet with the faculty and other graduate students. Applicants should contact the Graduate Director if they wish to arrange such a visit. In cases where assistantships are being sought, the faculty may request the applicant to visit the department for a formal interview.

Submission of the above material results in a diversity of information about a candidate’s skills, talents, background, experience, career goals, motivation, commitment, and potential for scholarship. This information enables the department to select a class of entering graduate students who individually and collectively have the potential for making a substantial contribution to the intellectual environment of the department, university, and field.



The prospective graduate student must complete the University application online. The required essay described in #5 under Admissions Policy and the three letters of recommendation may be included in the online application and/or sent directly to the department.

After February 15th, the Graduate Committee meets periodically and makes decisions regarding graduate admissions.

Applicants for assistantships are ranked according to their scholastic ability and the needs of the department. Assistantships are awarded around March 15th.

All applicants must use the University of Delaware online graduate application web form (click here).

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