Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the communication graduate program, you must fulfill the entrance requirements listed below:

Entrance requirements 

  1. The student must have received an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. The applicant must hold an undergraduate degree with an academic major in communication (speech or mass communication, journalism, rhetorical studies) or a related discipline (e.g., anthropology, English, history, psychology, or sociology), or have completed a minimum of 15 hours of undergraduate course work in communication to demonstrate an adequate background for graduate work in the field of communication.  Additional undergraduate courses may be required as prerequisites to the student's graduate program.  Prerequisites are determined by the Department of Communication and relayed to the Graduate College as conditions of admission.
  3. The applicant must submit scores for either the General Record Examination (GRE) OR the Millers Analogy Test (MAT) prior to the beginning of their second semester of course work.  For information on these tests, please see the “Admission to Graduate Study” section of the Missouri State University Graduate Catalog.
  4. The student must have attained a GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 credit hours of academic work or at least a GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 credits of academic work and a score of 153 or above on the verbal section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a score of 140 or above on the quantitative section of the GRE or a score on the MAT in the 50th percentile or higher.
  5. Students who do not meet the normal admission requirements, but who show an indication of high promise, will be considered for probationary admission.  Probationary conditions will be defined by the Graduate Director.  Probationary students will not be eligible for graduate and/or teaching assistantships.
  6. All other University and Graduate College requirements for admission to a degree program will also apply.  Please refer to the requirements given in this catalog.

Enrollment requirements 

To enroll in graduate courses in the Department of Communication, a student must satisfy one of the following two conditions:

  1. Be admitted to a graduate program in Communication, or
  2. Have permission to enroll into the Communication course from the Instructor of Record.

Meeting the requirements for admission does not guarantee admission to the communication graduate program. Probationary admission may be granted if you do not meet the normal admission requirements but show high promise for success in the communication graduate program.