Admissions and Assistantships

Admission Requirements

Admission and assistantship decisions are based on a holistic examination of credentials presented, including previous academic performance (e.g., transcripts), three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, statement of objectives, and GRE scores. Ideally we admit students who have strong credentials in all of these areas. However, a deficiency in one area does not eliminate an applicant from consideration.

  • MA Program Admission: To be admitted to the MA program we look for undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, a GRE Verbal Score of at least 153, a GRE Quantitative Score of at least 144, as well as strong letters and a very good paper.
  • PhD Program Admission: To be admitted to our PhD program we look for graduate GPAs of at least 3.5, a GRE Verbal Score of at least 153, a GRE Quantitative Score of at least 144, as well as exceptionally strong letters and an excellent paper.
  • All international applicants must have a TOEFL iBT speaking score of at least 26 or an IELTS score of at least 7.5 to be considered for a teaching assistantship. TOEFL scores are required as part of the application.  For information regarding minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores for admission to the Graduate School, go to
  • We do not accept MCAT, LSAT, or GMAT scores.

* Note: These general guidelines neither preclude nor assure admission.

Admissions Procedures

Applying to either the MA or PhD program in Communication Studies requires submitting some materials to the Graduate School and some materials directly to the department. To review the materials the Graduate School requires (e.g., transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc..), go to the following:

Application Deadlines

All application materials, including those you submit directly to the Graduate School and those you submit directly to the department are due December 16, 2016. This means you should take the GRE early enough so that scores can be reported by the due date. Your application will not receive full consideration if it is not complete by the deadline. Acceptance letters will go out between January 15th and April 15th.


Application Materials

Your application will be reviewed by the Department Graduate Admissions Committee when all of the materials itemized below have been submitted:

1. The Graduate School application

All information regarding application materials submitted directly to the Graduate School may be found here:

In addition, you will need the following information:

  • Degree Objective: PhD (840A) or MA (840)
  • Major: Communication Studies
  • Number of letters of recommendation: 3

2. The department application.Email all department materials (cover sheet; curriculum vitae; answers to question prompts regarding graduate study; writing sample) as one (1) .pdf  to Angie Switon, Graduate Coordinator Assistant, at Ms. Switon is also available by phone at 706-542-3269.



Five types of assistantships may be available to graduate students.
Types of Assistance:

  1. UGA Presidential Graduate Fellowships: This program provides exceptionally qualified graduate students enrolled at the University of Georgia with an annual twelve month stipend and a reduced matriculation fee. Applicants are nominated by departments. More information can be found here.
  2. Graduate School Research Assistantships (GSRAs): Each year the Graduate School selects graduate research assistants from a list of applicants nominated by departments. More information can be found here.
  3. Departmental Teaching Assistantships: Each year the department awards a number of graduate teaching assistantships. Most persons holding teaching assistantships assist with large lecture courses, or assist with or teach the basic public speaking course (COMM 1100), or the basic interpersonal communication course (COMM 1500).
  4. Debate Program Assistantship: The department sponsors an assistantship for those qualified to work with the University's debate program. Please contact Hays Watson, Director of Debate, for more information on the debate assistantship.
  5. Research Assistantships: The availability and nature of research assistantships depends upon external grants that have been produced by faculty. The graduate coordinator will inform you of any individual faculty who may have need for funded research assistants.