Applying to the Program

The Department of Communication Studies limits the size of the graduate program, so admission is competitive. Our minimum requirements are:

  • GPA of 3.2 (on 4.0 scale) in undergraduate course work
  • GRE combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative portions (1000 on the old exam)
  • GRE score of 3.5 on the analytical writing section of the GRE.

The admissions committee will consider provisional admission for students who do not meet one of the three minimum requirements, based on higher performance in other areas or other mitigating factors.

Applicants for Fall Semester are strongly encouraged to submit their materials by February1. Although applications received after this date will be considered, students seeking a teaching assistantship will receive priority consideration by meeting this deadline.

Applicants for Spring Semester should submit their materials by November1. Typically, teaching assistantships are not available mid-year, but admitted students can request to be considered for an assistantship along with Fall Semester applicants.

How to Apply

Applications to the MA program in Communication Studies are directed by UM's Graduate School. To apply to the program, please read the information posted on the Graduate School website and then complete the online application.

Additional instructions:

  1. Letters of recommendation: within the online application, you can arrange for your letter writers to submit their recommendations via email. We prefer that at least two, if not all three, letters should come from faculty members who have directly evaluated your academic performance.
  1. Official transcripts: these need to be sent from all colleges and universities attended. These should be sent directly from the registrar at those institutions, either using one of the clearinghouse services or in a sealed envelope to Steve Schwarze (address below.)
  1. Letter of intent: a one-page statement describing your academic background and reasons for seeking an MA degree from our program.
  1. Writing sample: An academic essay or report that demonstrates your writing and research skills.

Your letter of intent and writing sample should be sent in one envelope to:

Steve Schwarze,
DGS Department of Communication Studies
32 Campus Drive
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812