Prospective first-year and transfer students applying to UMass Amherst:

Prospective first-year and transfer students may apply to the Communication major when applying to UMass Amherst. If accepted to UMass Amherst and the major, they are admitted directly into the Communication major upon entering the University. Students who are accepted to the University but not to the Communication major may apply to the major by following the procedure for current UMass Amherst students, below.

Application Process for Current UMass Amherst students:

The Communication major is restricted, and admission to the major is by application only for current UMass Amherst students. The application process is entirely online.

When you have completed or are currently enrolled in two introductory Comm courses, you must complete and submit an application to be considered for admission to the major. The application can be downloaded from the link on the top right side of this page. You will need Adobe Reader to open and complete the application. Once you have completed the application, save the document to your computer and email it to

You may submit an application at any time during the semester in which you will complete the two-course requirement. We will process your application at the end of that semester, and you will receive notification approximately three weeks after grades are posted on SPIRE.

If you already have grades in at least two introductory Communication courses, you will receive a decision within approximately two weeks.

Admission criteria are as follows:

  • Minimum Communication GPA of 2.9
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.7
  • Successful completion of at least two Comm introductory courses (Comm 118, 121, 122, 125, 140)
  • No Communication grade below C-
  • All Communication courses taken for a letter grade (no Pass/Fail). If you currently have a P in a Communication course, you must convert it to a letter grade before applying to the major.

The Application Process:

Note: If you entered UMass Amherst before Fall 2011, please make an appointment with a Comm advisor to discuss your options before applying.