Department of Communication

Master of Arts - Professional Communication Admission

Required elements for students applying for the Master of Arts - Professional Communication program:

Bachelor’s Degree

Have a degree from an accredited institution. The degree need not be in communication, but applicants are encouraged to complete a minimum of one undergraduate course in communication theory if they have not already done so.

Letter of Intent

Submit a letter of intent. This is a brief (1-2 page) description of the applicant’s goals and expectations in pursuing a graduate degree in professional communication.

Application

Submit application along with the non-refundable application fee.


Submit Credentials

All documents must be sent directly from their source to the Graduate Studies Admissions Office. Copies submitted by the prospective student are not acceptable.

  1. Official Transcripts: Arrange immediately with each college and/or university attended to send an official transcript. Transcripts submitted by the applicant are considered unofficial. Transcripts from different institutions accumulated on one transcript are not acceptable.
  2. Three References: Include names and full contact information for three persons who would be willing to provide insight into the applicant’s readiness to pursue a graduate degree.
  3. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Official GRE test scores must be on file before an applicant’s materials will be reviewed, unless the applicant is seeking a waiver of the GRE by meeting specific conditions (see the GRE policies document for additional information). The GRE test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills. It is a gauge of your undergraduate preparation for graduate study. Students can register for the GRE and take practice tests online at www.gre.org. Students are required to have a minimum combined GRE score of 290 and a 4.0 on the analytical writing sections for full admission. The GRE should be taken early so that scores can be submitted simultaneously with the application. There is no requirement to take a GRE subject test.
  4. GPA Requirements: Students must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 to be considered for full admission. Students with a minimum GPA of 2.7 overall or in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and a minimum combined GRE score of 280 (with a score of 3.5 in analytical writing) may be considered for conditional admission, but will not be eligible for graduate assistantships. Additionally, conditional admission is no guarantee of subsequent full admission.
  5. Non-native English speaker: International applicants from non-English-speaking countries must demonstrate competency in the English language. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must have been taken within the last two years. Minimum score requirements on the TOEFL are:
    1. Paper-based test = 550
    2. Computer-based test = 213
    3. Internet-based test = 79
  6. Provide a writing sample: Prospective students must submit samples of their professional or academic writing. These may be from previous course work or professional activities. The applicant can submit one sample or several writing samples, but the total text submitted should contain at least 1,000 words minimum and not exceed 3,000 words.

Even when minimum GPA and GRE requirements are met, other areas of the applicant’s materials, including letter of intent, writing sample, and references are subject to review by the MAPC graduate council and may influence admission decisions.

Submit materials noted to: (except application, which is submitted online)

SUU Graduate Programs
Admissions Office
351 W. University Blvd.
P.O. Box 8008
Cedar City, UT 84720

Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester – June 15th*
Spring Semester – October 15th
Summer Semester - April 15th

*Students who wish to apply for assistantships must have a complete application along with the assistantship application submitted by March 15th.

If you have questions about the application process please contact the Graduate Director.