Admission Process

 

                                         

Master's Degree 

The department admits to the graduate program only students whose records demonstrate the ability to succeed in advanced study. Members of all underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Admission Requirements. A detailed description and explanation of general rules and procedures may be found in U.S.M.'s Graduate Bulletin (http://catalog.usm.edu). Admission application are completed online or downloaded from the university's web site: https://www.usm.edu/graduate-school/apply-graduate-school.

Regular Admission:

  • Undergraduate academic record of an overall 3.0 GPA is required as well as a 3.0 major GPA
  • Graduate Record Examination- Scores from the GRE must be submitted.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language- Applicants whose native language is not English must attain a TOEFL score of 550 (or 79 for online test). 
  • Statement of Goals- Applicants must submit a 500-700 word goals statement.
  • Three current letters of recommendiation that refer to the student's academic ability and preparation to pursue graduate study. These should be uploaded by the recommenders to the application site noted above. 
  •  Meeting this minimal requirement, however, does not guarantee acceptance. The admissions process takes into account the GPA, the GRE, and the letters of recommendation. Students whose record suggests a strong likelihood of success in advanced study will be admitte

Conditional Admission:

Students who do not meet the requirements for Regular Admission may be considered for Conditional Admission, provided that the applicant has a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours of course work. Students whose records suggest a reasonable expectation of success in advanced study may be admitted conditionally.

Students with Conditional Admission status must take their first nine (9) hours of graduate coursework within the department and earn a 3.00 GPA.

Deadlines. Admission deadlines for master's students are April 15, July 15, and December 1. Students seeking assistantships for the fall semester are strongly encouraged to apply prior to March 1 for consideration upon admission to the program. 

 

Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies 

The department admits to the doctoral program only students whose records demonstrate the ability to succeed at this advanced level of study. Members of all underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Admission Requirements. A detailed description and explanation of general rules and procedures may be found in the Graduate Bulletin (http://www.usm.edu/registrar/bulletins). Admission applications are completed online by clicking the top right "Apply" button.

Regular Admission:

  • Master's Record- A cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better is required.  
  • Graduate Record Examination- Scores from the GRE must be submitted.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language- Applicants whose native language is not English must attain a TOEFL score of 550 (or 79 for online test). 
  • Letters of Recommendation- Three current letters must reflect the student's academic ability and preparation to pursue graduate study. These should be requested from faculty members who have taught and/or supervised the student. At least one letter should come from the student's MA/MS program faculty members. 
  • Statement of Goals- Applicants must submit a 500-700 word goals statement. 
  • Single-authored sample of recent scholarly writing. This will supply additional information that will assist the department in selecting those individuals who can most benefit from and contributed to the doctoral program. The letters and writings should be uploaded to the application site noted above. 
  • The admission process takes into account the GPA, the GRE, the letters of recommendation, the goals statement, and the writing sample. Students whose record suggests a strong likelihood of success in the doctoral program will be admitted.

Conditional Admission: 

Students who do not meet the requirements for regular admission may be considered for conditional admission, provided that the applicant has a 3.25 on masters coursework. Students whose records suggest a reasonable expectation of success in doctoral student may be admitted conditionally. Students with Conditional Admission status must take their first nine (9) hours of graduate coursework within the department and earn a 3.50 GPA.

Deadlines. All admission materials for doctoral students seeking to enroll in each fall term must be received by April 15Students seeking assistantships for the fall semester are strongly encouraged to apply prior to the March 1 deadline for consideration upon admission to the program.