Ph.D. Application and Deadlines

Students applying for admission to SC&I’s Ph.D. program in Communication, Information and Media typically have completed a master's degree in communication, information science, library studies or another related academic or professional field. Highly qualified students from strong programs or research backgrounds without a master's degree may also apply in special circumstances, but should contact Director of the Ph.D. Program Director Jennifer Theiss before doing so.

We advise all prospective Ph.D. students to review doctoral program admissions requirements and deadlines before submitting an application. Students in the school’s Ph.D. program may elect to focus study in:

You can find extensive information about all three doctoral areas of concentration in the Ph.D. program section.

Access Application Details

For information regarding application questions, guidelines and forms, visit Graduate and Professional Admissions. For application forms, visit the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions.

We evaluate each application on the basis of your:

  • Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores (verbal and quantitative combined scores normally exceed 300; we also value a strong writing score)
  • Undergraduate and graduate academic record (equivalent to at least the 3.0 or B level)
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons with an academic or professional relationship to you
  • Personal statement relating your experience and research interests to the Ph.D. program
  • Score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for non-native English-speaking applicants (scores should ideally be above 600 paper-based or 80 internet-based)

Application Deadlines

SC&I only admits students for a fall semester start; no students are permitted to begin the program in spring. Application deadlines for the fall term are January 5 of each year, with late applications to be considered at a May 1 deadline. Students requesting financial aid must apply by January 5.

The application deadline for Fall 2020 is January 5, 2020.