Admission Requirements

Apply to this program through a central application. Review the sections below before you begin.

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

Entrance requirements 

  1. The applicant 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 the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as a requirement for admission to the program.  
  4. The applicant must have attained a GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 credit hours 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
  5. Applicants 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. The applicant must submit a 500-700 word letter of application.  This letter should address the following questions:
  • Why are you interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Communication? 
  • Why did you choose to apply for graduate study in the Department of Communication at Missouri State University? 
  • How does your background (educational and otherwise) prepare you for graduate study?
  • What professional goals do you hope this degree will help you achieve? 
  1.  The applicant must submit at least two letters of reference of which one is from an assistant professor, associate professor, or professor who has had the student in class.  Applicants more than six years out of their bachelor's degree must submit a letter of recommendation from a supervisor or another person adequately qualified to evaluate the student's suitability for graduate study.
  2. Admission to the graduate program is competitive and acceptance decisions will begin in early February.  All application materials must be submitted by February 1.
  3. Meeting the above entrance requirements does not guarantee admission to the Master of Arts in Communication.  The decision to accept a graduate student is competitive and complex.  It is based on multiple factors, only one of which is meeting the entrance requirements listed above.
  4. 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.