Students are admitted each fall semester. The deadline for fall admission applications is December 15 of the prior calendar year. Click here for more information regarding the Communication Graduate Program, and also make sure to view our short video interviews with our graduate faculty to see the kind of work we do at Texas A&M.
How to Apply
Items 1-4 are to be submitted through the Graduate Admissions Office. They will then be forwarded to the Department of Communication.
1. Application. Submit application through the Apply Texas on-line System (AIS). After an applicant submits an application, they will receive an acknowledgement and a UIN. With the UIN, they can log into the AIS System to check the status of the application. Applicants should follow directions for submission of all materials provided in this application portal.
GRE (Required for Domestic and International Applicants). These scores should be sent directly from Educational Testing Service, and self-reported in the AIS system. These scores must be from a test date within five years of the time of the semester of application admission (e.g., Fall 2018). For information on test dates and locations, please visit www.gre.org. Institution code for Texas A&M University: 6003
TOEFL/IELTS (International applicants only) Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency to be eligible for review. English proficiency can be demonstrated by one of the criteria below.
These scores should be sent directly from the testing service and self-reported in the AIS system. These scores must be from a test date within two years of the date requested admission (e.g., Fall 2018). For more information on test dates and locations, please visit www.ets.org/toefl and/or https://www.ielts.org. Institution code for Texas A&M University: 6003
5. Statement of Purpose. A 500-750 word essay that details the applicant’s objectives for the doctoral program, research interests, fit with the program and experiences that will enable success.
6. Writing Sample that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to write clearly and to think critically and conceptually. Academic writing strongly encouraged. Please limit writing samples to 10,000 words.
7. Current Curriculum Vitae
8. Confirmation Page: After all materials have been submitted into the AIS (including letters of recommendation), applicants should complete confirmation of materials page. This confirmation page is necessary for an application to be considered complete.
Application Review Process
All applications are reviewed by the Graduate Instructional Committee of the department on the basis of its own merits. Each applicant is considered for financial support in the form of a teaching assistantship or fellowship. Applicants applying after the deadline may find that funding resources have been expended.
Although each application is considered on its own merits and there is variability in cumulative qualifications from year to year, for incoming doctoral students as a group, GPAs average around 3.6 in the last two years of undergraduate study and in graduate study, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores average around 1200 (combined verbal and quantitative scores) or approximately 300 on the new grading system.
Note to International Applicants:
International applicants are competitively evaluated on the same academic criteria for admission and financial awards. In addition, the Graduate Instructional Committee will seek demonstration of proficiency of written and spoken English language skills for students whose first language is not English. Additionally, in order to perform the tasks associated with a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in the Department of Communication, one must attain English proficiency certification. For more information on these requirements, please visit the OGAPs website on English language proficiency.
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