Applications and Admissions
The Department of Communication at Texas A&M University engages a holistic application review process to make admission decisions. As such, all applications are reviewed by the Graduate Instructional Committee of the department. This review process examines all application materials for indicators of success, which include evidence of academic merit and achievement as well as evidence of perseverance and “grit” (skills related to overcoming adversity, problem solving, time management, etc.). The are no minimum GPA requirements for admission, and we do not require GRE scores to apply.
Each applicant is considered for financial support in the form of a teaching assistantship or fellowship (unless otherwise indicated in the application). Applicants applying after the deadline may find that funding resources have been expended, and/or all available slots for the upcoming year have been filled.
The Department of Communication admits students each fall semester. The deadline for fall admission applications is December 15 of the prior calendar year. (There are no admissions for spring or summer starts)
How to Apply
1. Application. Submit application through the TAMU Graduate CAS system. After an applicant submits an application, they will receive an acknowledgement and a UIN. With the UIN, they can log into the CAS System to check the status of the application. Applicants should follow directions for submission of all materials provided in this application portal.
2. Three Letters of Recommendation. Submit letter of recommendation requests through the CAS system. Letter writers should not mail letters; they will be asked to upload the letters into this system.
3. Official Transcripts. Submit official transcripts from every college/university attended. Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official English translation. Transcripts MUST be sent by the degree-granting institution for admission.
4. Official Test Scores: The Communication Department uses test scores as part of a holistic application review process. As such, there are no GRE minimum scores required for admission.
GRE (Optional for Domestic and International Applicants). The Department of Communication does not require GRE scores for admission. However, applicants are still welcome to include scores as part of their application if they feel that doing so provides a more holistic view of their academic strengths.
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.
- a minimum TOEFL score (from a test date within two years) of: 550 for paper-based testing (p-BT) or 80 internet-based testing (i-BT), or:
- a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall band,
- a minimum PTE Academic score of 53,
- a GRE Verbal Reasoning score of at least 146
These scores should be sent directly from the testing service and self-reported in the CAS system. These scores must be from a test date within two years of the date requested admission (e.g., Fall 2021). 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 graduate program, research interests, fit with the program and experiences that will enable success. Applicants are encouraged to identify graduate faculty members with which they are interested in working.
6. Writing Sample . A writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to write clearly and to think critically and conceptually. Solo-authored academic writing is strongly encouraged. Please limit writing samples to 10,000 words.
7. Current Curriculum Vitae
Application Review Process
Review of applications begins in early January and extends until all available slots (usually 8-10) have been filled. During the review of applications, applicants who pass a first round of review will be interviewed via phone/skype by 2-3 graduate faculty members. This interview will be used in the final admission decisions. First round of funded application decisions are made around February 1st, with additional offers of admission and funding being extended throughout the spring semester.
If at any time an applicant has a question about the status of their application, please contact Dr. Anna Wolfe, Associate Head, Director of Graduate Admissions.
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 verification for admission and certification for teaching assistantships.