M.A. Student in Theory and Research Application Process
The deadline to apply for admission for the 2022-2023 academic year is March 15, 2022. Once the Department has received all materials, a decision for acceptance will be made. Upon acceptance in to the program, applicants will receive written notification from both the Department and the University.
Applications received by the deadline will receive full consideration. Certain application requirements may be waived based on a preliminary review of an application by the program.
The application for admission to graduate school at West Virginia University can be accessed online. A nonrefundable fee of $60.00 must be received by Admissions and Records before the application will be processed. On Line 16 of the application, 1474 should be identified as the Major Code and Communication Studies should be identified as the Intended Major.
Consideration for Admission
To be considered for admission, applicants to the M.A. degree program in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Theory and Research must upload the following documentation within the graduate application:
- A curriculum vitae that includes all formal education, any professional internship or work experiences, undergraduate activities, and any research projects completed to date.
- A personal statement, which is a 2-3 page document in which applicants identify (1) their reasons for pursuing a M.A. in Communication Studies, (2) their reasons for wanting to attain their M.A. degree in Communication Studies at West Virginia University, and (3) why attaining the M.A. degree in Communication Studies at West Virginia University is vital to the accomplishment of their career goals.
- The names and e-mail addresses of three recommenders. The recommenders should be individuals who can comment directly about your undergraduate academic record and your potential for pursuing a M.A. degree in Communication Studies (e.g., undergraduate professors, undergraduate academic advisor).
In addition to the above documentation, applicants must submit official GRE scores and unofficial/official undergraduate transcripts.
- A minimum combined score of 290 on the verbal and quantitative components of the GRE and a minimum score of 4.0 on the analytical component of the GRE are preferred. Scores should not be older than five years at the time of application. Note: We are waiving the GRE requirement as part of the application process for the 2022-2023 academic year. If you already have taken the GRE and sent your scores to WVU, the scores will not be forwarded to the Department from Admissions and Records, thereby ensuring that your scores will not be reviewed as part of your application.
- The GRE School Code is 5904.
- The GRE Department Code is 4599.
- Unofficial transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate institutions must be submitted. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 is preferred.
International applicants must also submit proof of English language proficiency and submit TOEFL/IELTS scores (click on button below for link).
There is no separate application process for graduate assistantships in the M.A. degree program in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Theory and Research. All applicants who are accepted in the program are provided with an assistantship for the academic year. Assistantship responsibilities typically include serving as a teaching assistant to course instructors for 2-3 courses.