Admissions – Master of Arts in Applied Communication

The Master of Arts in Applied Communication Studies is a professionally-oriented master’s degree offered completely online.

Regular Admission Criteria

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • 2.70 cumulative GPA or a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 undergraduate hours (including post-baccalaureate hours) OR a 3.0 GPA or higher in at least 9 hours of relevant graduate coursework from a regionally accredited, domestic institution or an international institution recognized by the International Association of Universities.
  • Writing samples must receive a 2.5 on a 3.0 rating scale demonstrating readiness for graduate level work by the graduate faculty selection committee.
  • Good fit for program based on professional statement, resume or curriculum vitae, and references.

Pre-Admission Materials to be Sent to the Graduate Coordinator

Before submitting your application to the Graduate School, send the following items to Dr. Gerald Driskill:

  • Two writing samples from recent (last 2 years) of university work or request that writing prompts to be sent to you.
  • A 300-500 word professional statement that addresses how you see this program as a good match for your goals.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Contact information (address, email, phone number) for three professional references (no letters should be sent).
  • An unofficial transcript for preliminary review. This will help identify if you need preparatory post-BA coursework and/or ACOM 7390 after admission, in addition to the 33 hours required for the program.

Important facts for regular admission status:

  • 3.0 GPA must be met to maintain graduate student status. A GPA below 3.0 will result in academic probation for a semester to allow the GPA to be raised. Students not raising their GPA to a 3.0 will be suspended.

Special Conditional Admission Criteria

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • 2.00-2.69 cumulative GPA (including post-baccalaureate hours) from a regionally accredited, domestic institution or an international institution recognized by the International Association of Universities.
  • Writing samples must receive a 2.5 on a 3.0 rating scale demonstrating readiness for graduate level work by the graduate faculty selection committee.
  • Good fit for program based on professional statement, resume or curriculum vitae, and references.

Important facts for conditional admission status:

  • GPA of a 3.0 must be maintained in the first 9 hours of the program to qualify for review to move from conditional to regular admission. If the criteria is not met, a student can no longer be a graduate student.
  • Graduate assistantships are not offered to applicants in conditional status.
  • International students and/or students who qualify for “Conditional Admission Status” must enroll in 9 hours during the summer. These 9 hours must include 3 or 6 hours of approved courses in Summer 2 and then the 3 or 6 hours in summer 4, to include SPCH 7390. If students maintain a “B” or better in these courses, they will be moved to regular status for the fall.

Alternative Pathway to Admission

If an applicant does not meet regular or conditional admission requirements, but can document a substantive career record that suggests the experience, maturity, and aptitude for graduate work, they may have the option of working with the selection committee for an alternative pathway for admission. This path will vary depending on factors that prevented the student from receiving regular or conditional admission (e.g., low score on writing samples). Additional undergraduate coursework may be recommended.

Graduation Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved 33-hour program of study
  • Successful completion and defense of master’s paper

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