Graduate Program

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Before You Apply, You Should Consider....

The degree you are seeking— Masters or Doctoral? You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution before beginning our MA program. You must have a master's degree or expect to graduate with a master’s degree before beginning our doctoral program.

What area of study interests you?   Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication and Technology, or Rhetoric and Language Studies? Picking an area in the online application directs your application to only faculty members from that area. They are the only faculty members who will review that student's application. For that reason, be very careful about area choices.

What do you expect to get out of our program?  We encourage only those with strong professional motivation and goals to enroll at the Ph.D. level. Doctoral students can expect opportunities to work closely with faculty on research ventures and to participate in the publication of their findings. Ph.D. students are also expected to achieve mastery in research design and methods. We do not have separate classes for MA students. They take the same courses that our doctoral students take. For that reason, prospective MA students should consider whether they are searching for an MA program that focuses on theory and research.

Are you interested in funding?  Decisions regarding financial assistance are separate from our admissions decisions, but are awarded based upon the application materials. No additional financial assistance application materials are required.  We also recommend that students complete the FAFSA after admission to apply for additional funds from Financial Aid.  For more information on funding in the form of teaching (Teaching Assistants or Assistant Instructors), please visit our Financial Assistance page

The Application Process

Step 1:  The Online Application

  • Go to
  • Complete all of the necessary information and answer all of the questions required.
  • Letters of Recommendation:  Supply names and email addresses for three recommenders.
  • Make sure you hit the Submit button and that you pay your application fee.  Only then will you be moved to the next stage.
  • Within 48 hours of submitting your application, you will receive an email from the Graduate & International Admission Center (GIAC) directing you to a Status Check website where you will be asked to upload additional application materials.
  • NOTE:  You do not have to upload any supplemental materials to the ApplyTexas website.  You can do that in Step 2.

Step 2:  Upload Supplemental Materials

After you have paid your ApplyTexas fee and receive the email with directions to the MyStatus page for the University of Texas at Austin, you may upload the following required documents on that portal:

  • PDF copy of your transcript(s) (four year universities only); you will have to submit an official transcript ONLY if you are accepted and choose to enroll.
  • Statement of purpose
  • Brief essay of research questions (also called statement of research objectives)
  • CV or resume
  • Writing sample

NOTE:  For more details on what we are looking for on each submission requirement, please go to this page

Step 3:  Test Scores

GRE Scores:  Take the test as soon as possible and have scores sent to the University of Texas at Austin (#6882).  They are sent electronically from the Education Testing Service (ETS).  Note that it can take 3 to 6 weeks after you take the test for the scores to reach us.

TOEFL (or IELTS) Scores:  Required for International Students only, request that your scores go to the University of Texas at Austin (#6882).   The Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) has more detailed instructions.

PLEASE NOTE:  All pieces of your application (supplemental materials AND test scores) must be submitted no later than the application deadline (December 1st).  We will not accept partial applications or applications submitted after the deadline.  If your test scores arrive after the deadline, then your application will not be reviewed for the upcoming admissions cycle.


We require that beginning graduate students have at least nine semester hours of upper-division undergraduate or graduate course work in Communication Studies. You may apply without this requirement. If you are accepted with a deficiency in Communication Studies course work, you will be required to make up this deficiency after you are admitted to the graduate program and before you take any graduate course work. You may take this course work at UT during the summer or your first semester here or at another four-year institution before beginning graduate course work here.

Previous degrees: To be accepted to the master’s program, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. To be accepted to the doctoral program, you must have a Master's degree or be in a Master's program with plans to complete the degree before beginning the doctoral program. You may complete both degrees, an MA and a PhD at UT, but you must first apply to the master’s program; then apply to the doctoral program when you are finished with the your master’s degree. Admission to the MA program does not guarantee admission to the PhD program.

The Graduate School has set a minimum grade point average of "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale). You may apply to the Graduate School with a lower than 3.0 GPA. However, if you are accepted, it will be with conditions. You must maintain a 3.0 GPA while in graduate school

Rarely a telephone interview with a member of the Graduate Faculty MAY be requested by the Graduate Advisor or by a faculty member. An applicant may e-mail faculty members at any time during the application process to ask questions about their research, etc. E-mail addresses for university faculty are available online in the UT electronic directory.


Email the CMS Graduate Program Coordinator, Aida González with your question, or call her at 512-471-1942

PLEASE NOTE: If you were thinking of applying to Performance Studies, you will need to apply to the Theatre and Dance Department in the College of Fine Arts. They can be reached at 512-471-5793.
Deadline for Fall 2017 admission is
December 1, 2016.
All admission materials must be received by that date in order to be considered.
There is no admission for
Spring semester.