The Master of Communication and Media (MCM) program welcomes applications from recent undergraduates and accomplished professionals who are returning to academic studies to gain additional credentials. Sixty percent of our students work full-time. The MCM is designed for working professionals.
Applicants with a variety of educational and employment backgrounds (e.g., communication, information science, media studies, human resource management, health communication, management, psychology, leadership or other social sciences) are encouraged to apply. In making admission decisions, we consider the entire application and do not use any single criteria (e.g. grade point; GRE score) as an absolute cut-off. We use the application materials listed below to assess the student's success in our program.
An application for admission. To apply to the on-campus MCM program in New Brunswick, select "Communication and Information Studies - 17194". To apply to the BA/MCM Dual Degree program, select "Communication and Information Studies-BA and MCIS Dual Degree - 171943".
A $70 non-refundable application fee is required.
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. (MCM is much more focused on grades achieved in allied coursework that is a best representation of the applicant's likely success in our program.)
Send official transcripts to:
The Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
56 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
International students are required to have their transcripts evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) Member. See further information below in section 8.
Official GRE scores. Ideally, applicants will have a combined score of 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 can be granted (1) where the applicant has significant, related full time work experience (5+ years), (2) has another graduate degree in a field of social science or arts and sciences or other field or (3) has a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5.
Students who would like to apply for a waiver of the GRE may do so by emailing Richard Dool, MCM Program Director. Please send, with the request for a waiver, a resume and personal statement, and state whether an advanced degree in an allied major has already been achieved.
Files are not reviewed until the GRE scores have been officially received by the Graduate Admissions office unless a waiver has been granted.
Please use institution code 2790 to send GRE scores to Rutgers. Rutgers does not use ETS department codes. In general, GRE scores are good for five 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 www.ets.org.
Two Letters of recommendation. The letters 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.
Personal Statement. A personal statement of 300-500 words is required describing professional and academic background, and career objectives. Students should explain why attending the MCM program at Rutgers is desired, aspects of the program that are attractive, and specific areas a student would like to study within the program.
Resume or CV: A resume describing employment history, academic honors, scholastic recognition, publications, leadership roles and/or other academic, professional and community activities.
Five requirements are required for International Applicants: (1) TOEFL (or IELTS) Scores, (2) Evidence of adequate financial resources and (3) Proper Visa status and (4) A transcript evaluation by any member of NACES, such as WES. Further information is offered below on NACES and WES. (5) A Video-based interview (see below).
|Test||Passing score required||Website||Rutgers Institutional Code|
|TOEFL – Test Of English as a Foreign Language||The minimum required score for admission is 80 for the iBT test or 600 for the PBT test. Please note scores must be recent; within the past three years.||www.ets.org||2790|
|IELTS – International English Language Testing System||The minimum required score for admission is 7.0. Please note scores must be recent; within the past three years.||www.ielts.org||See IELTS website for instructions|
TOEFL Scores. Required for all international applicants in addition to GRE scores. The Graduate School-New Brunswick suggests the following minimum sub-score distribution: writing, 24; speaking, 24; reading, 24; listening, 22. 600 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT)
IETLS: Overall Band score of 7.0 or higher.
Waivers for TOEFL or IETLS are granted to students who earned their bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or have taken an accredited English as a Second Language program or course. Or, if a student is an international applicant coming from an English-speaking country with a minimum of three years undergraduate education where the mode of instruction was English. The waiver will not be applied to an application until official transcripts or Certificates are received. Once MCM has confirmed that a degree was earned, the TOEFL or IETLS 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 MCM studies.
Use institution code 2790 to send TOEFL scores to Rutgers. Rutgers does not use ETS department codes. In general, TOEFL/IELTS scores are good for three years. Please note that once one of its standardized tests has been taken, ETS requires several weeks to grade results.
The MCM program will accept transcript evaluations from any member of NACES, such as WES (World Education Services). Please find a full list of eligible evaluators at the NACES website:
National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) Transcript Evaluation:
NACES is an association of private and independent foreign educational credentials evaluation services committed to formulating and maintaining ethical standards in the field of foreign educational evaluation.
International students must have their transcripts evaluated. This can be arranged with NACES.
Students should submit the NACES Official Evaluation to Rutgers along with the required transcripts.
The MCM Program uses a video interview service (Sparkhire) for our International candidates. This service is deployed to ensure the English proficiency of international candidates is at a level that will ensure success in the MCM program and a positive learning experience.
The process is simple. We created a few questions for you to answer on your own time.
What to expect:
You will be asked to record answers to four short questions. You will have a specified time limit and set number of attempts to complete each answer.
What you will need:
A webcam or the Spark Hire mobile application (available for iOS and Android)
You can access the video interview here: https://hire.li/3c1e193
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.
Please Note: International Students are asked to use an email address such as outlook.com, hotmail.com or yahoo.com when they apply. Unfortunately, we have found that several International email domains (163.com, 126.com, and yeah.net) are not compatible with our system and therefore do not allow us to communicate via email with the applicant. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Applications must be complete by the deadline to be considered for admission
Start in September
•U.S. resident deadline: August 1 (Scholarship consideration, apply by February 1)
•International student deadline: July 1
Start in January
•U.S. resident deadline: December 1
•International student deadline: November 1
Start in May
•U.S. resident deadline: April 15
•International student deadline: March 15