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Apply through the Graduate School Admissions Office
The UMass Amherst Graduate School Admissions Office has a standardized application form. For more application information and forms, including an online application, please visit the Admissions section of the UMass Amherst Graduate School website.
The application deadline for fall admission is January 2nd. Spring admissions are rarely considered.
About the admission decision
Although the graduate school retains applicants’ official records, decisions to accept applicants to the Communication program (and to recommend admittance to the university) are made by the department's own Graduate Admissions Committee. The committee is highly selective. Admission decisions are based on all available information, not on any single criterion. Primary considerations include a statement of interest in areas in which the department has expertise, letters of recommendation, grade-point averages, and Graduate Record Exam scores.
Students in the program have a variety of options for financial assistance. Decisions about assistance are made subsequent to and independent of acceptance into the program. However, academic performance is the primary consideration in both decisions. See Funding, at left.
MA and PhD requirements
Candidates for the master of arts must have a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university. The Department of Communication does not require grad school applicants to have an undergraduate major in communication. Acceptance into the program is based primarily on general academic ability and interest in the areas of study within the department. Students with no background in the discipline are usually required to complete supplemental courses in addition to the minimum requirements for the MA.
PhD candidates must have a master's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university. A student with a BA is not admitted directly into the PhD program, but rather into the MA program. Application to the PhD program may then be made before the MA is completed. Completion of the MA is a condition of—but does not guarantee—admission.