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No. The Department of Communication only has fall admission.
In order to be admitted into the M.A. program you must have a baccalaureate degree. In order to be admitted to the Ph.D. program you must have a baccalaureate degree and you may have (though you are not required to have) a Master's degree.
Applications for those students wanting funding must be submitted by February 1. Applications for those students who do not want funding must be submitted by May 1.
Students in the PhD program will choose one of the following three concentrations
Students in the MA program do not need to declare a concentration and may take classes in any of the three areas above as well as courses in public relations.
An application must include the completed online application form, transcripts from all previous institutions (baccalaureate and masters), GRE scores or other evidence of quantitative ability (such as good grades in statistics or advanced math courses), three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a writing sample, a resume or curriculum vita, a one minute application video, and (for international students only) TOEFL (or IELTS) scores.
University of Delaware online application
If you opt to take the GRE, applicants with the best chance of admission have a combined score of 300 for the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections. Also expected is a minimum score of 4.5 for the analytical writing portion. If you do not take the GRE, you must provide other evidence of quantitative ability (such as good grades in statistics or advanced math courses), and evidence of academic writing potential (through your writing sample).
Your letters of recommendation should come from a professor, employer, and/or other professional source that can address your potential to succeed in our graduate program. Recommendations from former professors or academic advisers are preferred, but other sources will be accepted.
All application materials are submitted entirely online. Your recommenders will receive an e-mail stating how to upload their letter into the application system. If you or a recommender has any technical issues while uploading the necessary information for your application or have any questions about submitting your application you should contact Graduate Admissions directly, via e-mail, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A written statement of goals and objectives (the personal statement) that addresses the following questions: (a) What specific area of Communication are you interested in exploring and which of our faculty member(s) do you consider most appropriate to mentor you in your academic work and why?, (b) What is one Communication-related question or concept that keeps you up at night with curiosity?, and (c) Are you interested in studying Communication from a quantitative, social-scientific perspective (as opposed to a more critical cultural or interpretive perspective)?
The writing sample may be an essay, a research project manuscript, or other piece of writing the applicant believes is a good example of their writing. The sample should be no longer than 25 double spaced pages, and should show evidence of academic writing potential.
Your video, not to exceed one minute, should answer the following question, "Where do you see yourself in 10 years and how do you see this program assisting you in achieving that goal?"
An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher as well as a within major minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. If the applicant has earned a master's degree, a minimum GPA of 3.5 is required for that degree.
If you believe the UD Communication Department graduate programs are the best fit for you and your goals then you should apply. Those that meet standard minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission nor are those who fail to meet all of those requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other strengths and skills. Admission decisions are made based upon a holistic review of the applicant, not on any specific element of the application.
Offer letters for funded students are typically sent before the end of February. Between February and the May 1 final application deadline, admission decisions are made on a rolling basis as applications are received.
If you receive a teaching or research assistantship from the Department of Communication then you will receive a stipend. The amount of the stipend is determined by the graduate college each year. You may also receive a tuition scholarship, however all students are required to pay the student fees.
It typically takes 2 years to complete the M.A. program for a full time student. A Ph.D. student who is admitted with a completed Master’s degree will take 4 years to completion; a Ph.D. student admitted with only a baccalaureate degree will take 5-6 years to completion.
If a student finishes all coursework but it takes them longer to finish a master's thesis or a doctoral dissertation there is no financial penalty. Once a student is in the thesis or dissertation writing phase they may remain an active student at the University of Delaware by enrolling for credits as a sustaining student. Sustaining fees are a fraction of full tuition rates.
Our research-based graduate programs are only offered in person. But we offer an online M.A. in Strategic Communication which teaches you to drive tactical communications initiatives with concentration in Public Relations and Digital and Social Media.
We do offer part-time options. If a student is interested in a part-time course load, it is recommended that they contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Jennifer Lambe (email@example.com), for more information.
No. You can take up to nine credits through the Office of Professional and Continuing Studies that can then be transferred into the program after you apply and get accepted.
Please check tuition and per credit rates on the University’s Student Financial Services website.
For our research based programs we do not have an accelerated or 4+1 program in the Department of Communication at this time.
We do however offer the 4+1 program for the professional M.A. in Strategic Communication.
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The department of communication offers a limited number of teaching and research assistantships that may be awarded to any admitted student. There is a place on the University’s application form to indicate that you want to apply for funding. We consider everyone that is accepted to our research-based M.A. and Ph.D. programs for funding. We prioritize funding for Ph.D. students but are able to offer funding to M.A. students sometimes. Each assistantship provides a stipend (amount set by the UD Graduate College each year). Some students are also granted a tuition scholarship.
We accept transcripts evaluated by WES, but we do not currently require such an evaluation for the application process.
Visit the Graduate College Test Scores page for information about how candidates for admission can demonstrate their English proficiency. Students who qualify (detailed below) can apply for a waiver of this requirement.
“A waiver of proof of English Proficiency is allowed when:
A bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree has been or will be earned from a university recognized by the ministry of education in a country where English is the primary language. Our list of approved countries includes Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cameroon, Canada (except the province of Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Singapore, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, The United Kingdom, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
A bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree has been or will be earned from a college or university located in the United States and accredited by a regional accrediting association.”
The Communication Department does not offer housing assistance. Here is some information about housing options provided by the Office of International Students and Scholars.
You can reach Dr. Jennifer Lambe, the Department of Communication's Director of Graduate Studies, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.