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How to Apply

  1. Applicants must complete the online application and submit the required materials by December 15th.
    1. Please note: The April 1st Admissions deadline does NOT apply to the Department of Communication.
    2. Applications are accepted (up to the December deadline) for the next year's Fall Semester admissions, there is no Spring or Summer Admission.
  2. The application fee is $55.00 for domestic students, $65.00 for international students (keep in mind that a late fee of $30 will be charged for all applications received after the April 1st deadline).
  3. The required materials include:
    1. An application for admission to the University of Utah's Graduate School.
    2. A statement of your personal and professional goals of approximately 800 words.
    3. A sample of academic writing no longer than 25 pages such as a term paper, thesis chapter, or creative writing sample (i.e. published newspaper articles).  The sample can be composed of multiple pieces, but must still be under the 25 page limit.
    4. A short resume or curriculum vita.
    5. GRE scores—When sending your scores from the General GRE exam (not the subject GRE test) to the Department of Communication, please use one of the following codes to ensure your scores reach us: 4506 for areas within Speech Communication, or 4503 for areas within Mass Communication. If you don't know which area you fall into, use 4599. Please be aware that these codes do not claim an interest area for you. They merely ensure your GRE scores come to the right department.
      1. Be aware that scores take 10-15 business days to process and be sent to the University. Schedule your test with this in mind. If the scores are not recieved by the deadline your application is considered incomplete.
    6. Unofficial transcripts of all previous college and university course work. (If you are accepted into the program, you will need to send official transcripts to the department.)
    7. The names and email addresses of three people who will write recommendations.
  4. Optional materials include:
    1. A checklist form (provided in the online application) on which you may identify your main interests and/or University of Utah faculty who share those interests.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS should submit  the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or the International English Language Testing System score (IELTS), and an International Financial Certification Statement before November 15th to the Admissions Department. Please do not submit any other materials to the Admissions Department - all other required application materials (as listed above) must come directly to the Department of Communication.* Please consult the University of Utah's International Admissions website for complete instructions. You will also find the International Center at the University of Utah extremely helpful with application requirements.

Once these materials have been received by the Admission Department, they will send copies to the department. Without these copies we cannot review your application so you must make sure all materials are sent to them in a timely manner.

The Admissions Department address is: 
University of Utah Admissions Office 
201 South 1460 East, Room 250 S 
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9057

*All other application materials except the English Proficiency and International Financial Certification Statement are not due until Dec. 15th.


Additional Information

  • Once the application and materials are received, your application will be marked as complete and the department's graduate committee will review your file. Typically, we begin notifying applicants if they have been accepted in late February or early March.
  • The Department of Communication generally abides by the University of Utah Graduate School's minimum required GPA of 3.0 for admittance into our program, but we do not have a minimum score requirement for the GRE.
  • The Department of Communication's Masters and PhD programs are not designed as "Night Programs." In other words, you cannot complete any of our degrees by taking classes only in the evening. Although a number of our graduate level classes are offered after 5:00PM, most classes are taught during the day. At this time, we do not offer online programs, or low-residency programs.


Last Updated: 1/18/17