All students must be admitted to the Graduate School of the University before they can be admitted to the Communication Master of Science program. Multiple requirements govern admission to the Communication program. Higher scores in one category may offset lower scores in another.
If you want to apply to our program, you should submit most application materials directly to the Graduate School before the appropriate deadline. If you are interested in a graduate assistantship, you will also need to complete the department's online assistantship application. All materials, except the department's online GA application, should be submitted directly to the Graduate School.
- Apply for Grad School
- If you're interested in a graduate assistantship in our department, fill out our departmental assistantship application.
Admission is available for both fall and spring terms. The University and the Department of Communication accept applications at any time.
Regular admission status will be granted by the Graduate School to applicants that meet al of the following criteria:
- Overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. Or a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester hours of coursework.
- Minimum Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of 287 on the new version of the test or 850 overall on the old GRE test. (A comparison of new test and old test scores is available at: http://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/concordance_information.pdf).
- Minimum GRE score of 145 on the verbal portion of the new GRE test or 470 on the verbal portion of the old GRE test.
International applicants will also need to demonstrate English proficiency by providing one of the following:
- A minimum Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 on the Internet-based test (iBT) if you are from a country where English is not the primary language.
- A minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam score of 6.5. (A comparison of TOEFL to ILETS tests scores is available at: http://www.ets.org/toefl/institutions/scores/compare/).
- UL Lafayette's institution code for submitting GRE and TOEFL scores is #6672. Because the evaluation process is lengthy, international students are advised to submit materials as early as possible.
You may apply a maximum of six credit hours (the equivalent of two classes) of appropriate transfer graduate credit toward your master's degree requirements, provided that our graduate program coordinator approves.
The transfer of graduate credit also requires the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School and is subject to all conditions listed in the University Graduate Catalog:
- You must be in regular admission status. (Conditionally admitted students must wait until they achieve regular status before applying for transfer credit to be considered.)
- You must have earned the credits at an accredited U.S. institution, which regularly grants advanced degrees.
- The credits must be no more than six years old.
Learn more about the other types of admission:
- Conditional Admission
- Denial of Admission
- The Entrée Program (Not applicable to graduate admission)