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Admission to the Program

Admission to the program is highly competitive. To be considered for admission, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in their last 60 hours of course work. Applicants are considered once a year for Fall admission, with January 15 as the application deadline. All applicants must fulfill the admissions requirements of the Graduate School and show likelihood of successfully completing the departmental program. The Department's Graduate Admissions Committee evaluates each application based on the following evidence:

  • Unofficial undergraduate/graduate transcripts.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (verbal, quantitative, analytical), taken within the past five years.
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae.
  • Three letters of recommendation, which should come from qualified people (former or present instructors) who can attest to your ability to complete graduate study.
  • A sample of scholarly writing (e.g., course paper, writing sample)
  • A statement of purpose (no more than 500 words) clearly explaining your interest in pursuing a graduate degree, your intended area of study, your professional goals, and your background.

Application Materials
The following items should be uploaded directly to the MU online application system:

  • Statement of purpose – no more than 500 words
  • Writing sample.  The writing sample should be scholarly, but can be on a topic of your choice.  The sample can be relatively short, but must be no more than 25 pages.
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • Preferred mimimum GRE scores:

When did you take the GRE?




Prior to August 1, 2011




On or After August, 1, 2011




  • The GRE codes are MU Univ. – 6875, Comm Dept – 4599 –  It is preferred that you have a minimum total of 1000 in the verbal and quantitative sections combined, and at least 4.5 on analytical writing.
  • Three letters of recommendation – MUST be uploaded through the Graduate School’s Apply Yourself system.
  • Transcripts – All transcripts MUST be uploaded into the ApplyYourself system.  We do not require official documents until you are accepted to the program.
  • International applicants must submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores.  The required TOEFL scores are 500 paper based, 61 Internet-based.  The IELTS must be 5.5 or higher.  See below for more information.


  • The Graduate School requires that International applicants submit proof of financial support.  This information should be sent directly to the Graduate School at 210 Jesse Hall.
  • All documents (except proof of financial support) must be uploaded to the Slate system. 
  • We do not accept GMAT scores.
  • Please do not mail duplicates of uploaded documents.
  • Application decision – The application deadline admission is January 15.  We will notify all applicants once decisions have been made in the spring.

Department of Communication
University of Missouri
108 Switzler Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

If you have a question about the Communication Department Graduate Admissions, please contact:

Dr. Colleen Colaner
Director of Graduate Studies

International Student Admission
All non-native English-speaking applicants are required to provide proof of English language ability. As proof, the University of Missouri Graduate School accepts scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years beyond the test date. The minimum total TOEFL scores for graduate admission to MU are 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test). The minimum total academic IELTS score for graduate admission to MU is 6.5. Every international student is required to complete the English Proficiency Exam upon arrival to campus. The score on this diagnostic multiple-choice and essay exam will be used to determine if necessary course work is needed in either English grammar and composition or reading and vocabulary. If your score on this exam indicates that you need more course work, then you will be required to take English language instruction before taking graduate level courses in the department. More information: