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The MCIS program welcomes applications from recent undergraduates and accomplished professionals who demonstrate excellence in:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Intellectual Curiosity
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Record of Academic Achievement
  • Self-Motivation
  • Work Experience (not required of recent graduates of undergraduate programs)
  • Writing and Presentational Skills

Applicants with a variety of educational and employment backgrounds (e.g., communication, information science, media studies, human resource management, health communication, management, psychology, or other social sciences) are encouraged to apply. In making admission decisions, we consider the entire application and do not use any single criteria (grade point; GRE score) as an absolute cut-off. We use the application materials listed below to assess the student's likely fit and potential success in the program.

  1. An application for admission. To apply to the on-campus MCIS program in New Brunswick, select "Communication and Information Studies - 17194". To apply to the BA/MCIS Dual Degree program, select "Communication and Information Studies-BA and MCIS Dual Degree - 171943".

  2. Official Transcripts of previous academic work. As a general guideline students are expected to have an undergraduate and/or graduate academic record at least at the 3.0 cumulative grade-point-average level (we are much more focused on grades achieved in allied coursework that is a best representation of the applicant's likely success in our program).

  3. Official GRE scores. Ideally, applicants will have a combined score of at least in the mid-150s for Verbal and mid-140s for Quantitative. We look especially carefully at the verbal score and the writing score (which we'd like to see at or above 4.0). Waivers for GRE are granted in rare circumstances where the applicant has significant, related work experience (10+ years) that includes extensive writing or have achieved a graduate degree in a field of social science or arts and sciences or other field that demands strong analytic skills and excellent writing. If you would like to apply for a waiver of the GRE, you may do so by emailing the Program Director at: Please send, with your request for a waiver, your resume and a writing sample, and state whether you have already achieved an advanced degree in an allied major.

    Files are not reviewed until the GRE scores have been officially received by the Graduate Admissions office unless a waiver has been granted.

    When you take the GRE (and TOEFL, if applicable), you will be asked whether you want your scores sent to any schools. Use institution code 2790 to send scores to Rutgers. Rutgers does not use ETS department codes. In general, GRE scores are good for 5 years and TOEFL/IELTS scores are good for 3 years. Please note that once you have taken one of its standardized tests, ETS requires several weeks to grade your results. Learn more about the GRE and how to sign up for it at

  4. Three Letters of recommendation. These should focus on the applicant's academic capacity (e.g., problem solving, thinking, analytical, and reflective skills) to undertake a rigorous program of graduate study. Letters are expected from an applicant's professors or from senior members of professional and/or corporate organizations who are able to comment substantially on the applicant's academic capabilities rather than on workplace efficiency and character traits. The recommender's relationship to the applicant must be established in the letter of recommendation. Personal friends, clergy, and family members are not usually appropriate recommenders. Applicants will be asked to supply the names and e-mail addresses for their recommenders as part of the online application process.

    If you need to change a recommender once your application has been submitted, you will not be able to do so through the online application. In this case, you should print and complete the top the Recommender form for each recommender. In this case, or should your recommender prefer to submit a traditional letter, you should either provide them with an envelope addressed to Rutgers and have them mail the recommendation in, or give them an envelope addressed to you and then you can submit the sealed envelopes to Rutgers.

  5. Personal Statement. A personal statement of 300-500 words is required describing your professional and academic background and your career objectives. Please explain why you want to attend the MCIS program at Rutgers, what about the program attracts you, and specific areas you would like to study in the program.

  6. A $70 non-refundable application fee.

  7. TOEFL Scores. Required for all international applicants in addition to GRE scores. The TOEFL should have been taken within the last 3 years. The Graduate School-New Brunswick suggests the following minimum score distribution: writing, 22; speaking, 23; reading, 21; listening, 17. Waivers for TOEFL are granted to students who earned their bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university. The waiver will not be applied to your application until official transcripts are received. Once we have confirmed that a degree was earned, the TOEFL is waived. Applicants of questionable English proficiency will be required to take a written or oral test when entering the program and, if necessary, to take course work in the English as a Second Language Program before commencing their MCIS studies. Non-immigrant students must present evidence of adequate financial resources. The university may deny admission to nonimmigrant students for lack of English proficiency, for lack of financial support, or because of improper visa status."

Rolling Admissions

MCIS reviews all applications to the program on a rolling basis. To have an application processed for Fall admission you should have materials completed no later than July 1st. To have an application processed for Spring admission you should have materials completed no later than November 1st.

International applicants will need to attend to the extra time needed to apply for visas after admittance to the program. Such students should have their files completed no later than May 1st for fall and October 1st for spring.  

Application Forms and Supporting Materials

Application to the MCIS program should be done through the Graduate Admissions website at . For questions about the application itself, contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 56 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8530; (848) 932-7711, or check their website for details.

For further information, contact the program at (848) 932-7500, option 9 Monday through Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., or send an email inquiry to the Program Director, Dr. Jennifer Gibbs (

Non-Matriculated Study

Due to the large number of highly qualified students who seek admission and limits on available faculty resources, the MCIS program is not able to offer non-matriculated study opportunities.