Application Policies and Procedures

The Department of Communication Studies limits the size of the graduate program, so admissions depend on a student's rank relative to other applicants. In addition, the department's minimum requirements are a grade point average of 3.2 or better in undergraduate course work (assuming a 4.0 point scale), a combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE (or 1000 on the exam scaled from 200-800 points), and a minimum score of 3.5 on the analytical writing section of the GRE. Up to a point, lower GRE scores may be offset by a higher grade point average and vice versa. Other mitigating factors may be taken into account in individual cases.

To apply to the graduate program, please read the information posted on the Graduate School website and then complete the online application.

The following additional application materials should be sent directly to the Department of Communication Studies:

  1. Three (3) letters of recommendation that attest to your academic abilities and past performance. Have the authors of your letters seal the envelope and sign across the seal.
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  3. A one-page statement outlining the reasons for seeking a master's degree in communication studies.
  4. A writing sample: Any academic essay or report that you are especially proud of.

Place items 2-4 them in a single envelope and mail them to:

Dr. Joel Iverson, Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Communication Studies - 32 Campus Drive
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812

Applicants for Fall Semester are encouraged to submit their materials by February 1. Although applications received after this date will be considered, on a space available basis, teaching assistantships are typically awarded to those applicants who submit materials by February 1. Applicants for Spring Semester should submit their materials by November 1.