A complete application includes the following materials required by the graduate school:

  • Graduate application 
  • Statement of purpose (specifically why you want to pursue a Ph.D. and how our program can help you accomplish this purpose)
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate degree(s) earned
  • Three letters of recommendation

In addition, the Department of Communication requires:

  • A CV or resume which clearly identifies your current position, including your responsibilities; your professional publications and papers; your service and professional activity; and your teaching and training experiences
  • A scholarly writing sample where the candidate is first author (single authorship preferred), such as a master's thesis, proposal, or chapter; conference paper; final course paper 
  • Evidence of effective teaching potential (please include one or more of the following): teaching evaluations, teaching philosophy statement, recommendation letter(s) may speak to experience or potential of applicant, peer evaluations/observations, sample syllabi, sample lesson plan/assignment, etc.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
  • TOEFL test results (required for international students)

The department's TOEFL score minimum must total at least 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.

Completed applications must be received by March 1 for full consideration. Applications received after March 1 may be considered if space and funding are available at the time the application is received. Accepted students must start their doctoral studies in the Fall semester.

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