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The UMass Amherst Graduate School Bulletin includes a Communication program overview. For a comprehensive description of the program see the Graduate Program Handbook. The application requirements are:

  • Online application
  • Payment of the application fee
  • Personal statement and resume
  • Writing sample
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • One official transcript from each school previously attended (sent directly to the Graduate School)
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale or an equivalent to this score
  • Writing sample of no more than 30 pages
  • English Language Proficiency Scores for non-native English speakers
  • GRE scores are optional for the 2021 Admission cycle

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 and the specific Program page for Communication.

The application deadline for fall admission is January 2nd. Spring admissions are not 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 writing sample.

Most students admitted to the PhD program in Communication have or are in the process of completing a Masters degree in Communication or a related field in the social sciences or humanities. If the Masters degree is not complete at the time of acceptance to the program, that acceptance is conditional on completing the MA. The Department may admit exceptional students with a B.A. directly into the Ph.D. program. However, these applicants will be required to demonstrate Masters level work and, if accepted, will be required to take additional coursework (at minimum one semester, as determined by the Graduate Program Director and the students’ Guidance Committees). If you are a student with a B.A. interested in applying for the Ph.D., please contact the Graduate Program Director or the Graduate Admissions Director prior to applying.

Financial assistance

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.