Admissions and Assistantships
Admission and assistantship decisions are based on a holistic examination of credentials presented, including previous academic performance (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.
- M. A. Program Admission: To be admitted to the M. A. 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. International students must have a TOEFL Speak score of at least 26. TOEFL scores are required as part of the application. We do not accept MCAT, LSAT, or GMAT scores.
- Ph.D. Program Admission: To be admitted to our Ph.D. 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 an excellent paper. International students must have a TOEFL Speak score of at least 26. TOEFL scores are required as part of the application. We do not accept MCAT, LSAT, or GMAT scores.
* Note: These general guidelines neither preclude nor assure admission.
Applying to either the M.A. or Ph.D. program in Communication Studies requires submitting some materials to the Graduate School and some materials directly to the Department of Communication Studies.
Our application deadline is January 6th. This means you should take the GRE in October or November to meet the January application deadline. Your application will not receive full consideration if it is not complete by the deadline. Acceptance letters will go out between February 1st and April 15th.
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. (Hint: Look for the "How do I" heading on the left side of the main screen at www.grad.uga.edu and then click on "Apply Online").
Degree Objective: Ph.D. (840A) or M.A. (840)
Major: Communication Studies
As part of the application, you will need to also send in the following:
a. Application Fee. The application processing fee is non-refundable and is collected to cover the cost of processing the admissions application.
b. GRE scores officially sent from the testing agency (ETS SCHOOL CODE: 5813).
c. Domestic applicants: Two official transcripts in sealed envelopes from each institution of higher education where a degree was earned. Send the transcripts directly to the Graduate School, not the department.
d. International applicants: Two official transcripts (official academic records and certified English translations, if applicable) from each institution of higher education attended. Send the transcripts directly to the Graduate School, not the department.
TOEFL scores officially sent from ETS. (ETS SCHOOL CODE: 5813)
Certificate of Finances (COF) form
e. Names and e-mail addresses of three individuals who will be providing letters of recommendation.
2. The department application. Email all materials in .pdf form as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is the preferred method. If you are unable to send your application as a .pdf, mail a hard copy to:
Graduate Coordinator Assistant
University of Georgia
124 Terrell Hall
Athens, GA 30602
Six types of assistantships may be available to graduate students.
Types of Assistance:
- 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. More information can be found here.
- Graduate School Non-teaching Assistantships (GSAs): Each year the Graduate School selects graduate non-teaching assistants from a list of applicants nominated by departments. More information can be found here.
- Graduate Recruitment Opportunity assistantships: The GRO Assistantship is designed to include any entering graduate student who is considered first generation, educationally or economically disadvantaged, or has some aspects of a uniquely diverse background that add to his or her discipline of study. Departments nominate GRO candidates. More information may be found here.
- 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).
- Debate Program Assistantship: The department sponsors an assistantship for those qualified to work with the University's debate program. Please contact Dr. Edward Panetta, Director of Debate, for more information on the debate assistantship.
- 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.