Frequently Asked Questions

Masters in Communication

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How many students enter the Master's in Communication program each year?

Over the last several years, the number of entering master's students has ranged from 15-25.

How many students apply for admission each year?

The average number of M.A. applicants for the past several years has been approximately 100.

What is the ration of international to domestic students?

While it does vary for year to year we strive to have 1/3 of our students be international.

What is the deadline for applications?

All materials for domestic and international students must be submitted to the department by April 1.

Are Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores required?

GRE scores are required and scores must be submitted to Michigan State University (Code: University code, 1465, Department code 4502).

What is the minimum GRE score required for admission to the program?

Many prospective applicants write asking for the "minimum" GRE scores, but please remember, this is a competitive review, meaning you are competing against all applicants for that give review and thus can vary for year to year. Based on past reviews if you were in the ranges of 150 or higher in Verbal, 150 or higher in Quantitative and a 4.5 or higher in Writing you would most likely be competitive, but again, this does vary from review to review because it is competitive.

Are Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores required for international students?

TOEFL scores are required. Please note we do not accept the IELTS.

What are the minimum TOEFL scores required for students admitted to the program?

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); a minimum average of 237 with no subscores below 21 required for the computer based test or 93 average minimum with no subscores below 20 for the Internet based test. We do not accept the IELTS. When submitting please use only the university code of 1465 and the department code of 83.

What is the average grade point average required for admission to the program?

Average cumulative undergraduate GPA scores range from 3.5 to 4.0. GPA scores range from 3.5 to 4.0. Students with cumulative GPAs lower than 3.5 are considered for admission if the record indicates strong GPA scores and other significant credentials. The Michigan State University Registrar's office web page says this "Admission to regular status in the Master of Arts program is contingent upon a bachelor's degree from an approved college or university, and academic grade-point average of 3.00 or better in the last two years of undergraduate study."

Are factors other than GRE scores and GPA important in admissions decisions?

Three letters of recommendation and a personal statement are required and they are an important component of the application. Letters of recommendation should be provided by individuals who can assess the applicant's ability to successfully engage in graduate studies. Letters should be sent directly to the Communication Department. Two of the three recommendation letters should be from academic instructors.

Is it possible to begin my graduate studies in a semester other than Fall?

No, the MA students' experience begins Fall semester of each year.

Can a student be admitted to the program without an undergraduate degree in communication?

Yes, provided the student has taken has a social science based background.

How long does it take to earn a Master's Degree?

Students most commonly complete the program when attending full time status in one calendar year (3 semesters including summer) for the examination track (Plan B) or 2 years for the thesis track (Plan A). You have a maximum of 5 calendar years to complete the degree.

How much is tuition?

Please use the tuition calculator provided by the Office of Admission to calculate your expected tuition costs.

Are scholarships available?

Assistantship support is generally not available for MA students. Funding options are available through the MSU Office of Financial Aid. In addition, a limited number of stipend awards are presented to students by the department.

What is the completion rate of master's degree students?

The completion rate of master's degree students is 95%-100%.

What is the employment rate of master's degree students?

The employment rate of the program's graduates is routinely 95%-100%, with many applicants reporting a selection of opportunities.

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