Why Pursue a Graduate Degree

The Department of Communication Studies offers a number of exciting and engaging programs of graduate study. The flexibility of our programs will help you pursue both personal and career goals.  Your future starts right here, right now. Apply to join the inaugural class of graduate/professional students at Indiana University Indianapolis and see how far you can go when you start here.

The application for the Ph.D. in Health Commuinication program: January 15th

The application fo the M.A. in Applied Communication: January 15th and May 15th

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We live in a world of constant messaging, communications, platforms, and audiences. Graduate work in Communication Studies will prepare you to take part and make changes in many professional settings. The graduate program in the Communication Studies department will increase your understanding of theoretical principles and applied practices in communications, offering concentrations in corporate communication, health communication, media criticism, and public communication. Our goal is to produce well-educated professionals that can take their place in an increasing complex society.

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Graduate Programs in Communication Studies

5 Year BA to MA in Applied Communication

MA in Applied Communication


PhD in Health Communication


Prior to entering our master’s program, you should have (1) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, (2) an introduction to research methods, (3) experience in the analysis of communication phenomena, and (4) experience with writing in an academic context. Students who do not have this preparatory work may be admitted provisionally with additional coursework required prior to admission, and/or additional credit hour requirements imposed as a part of the minimum requirements for the Master of Arts degree. The Admissions Committee will evaluate an applicant’s preparation and goals to ensure that the applicant meets the requirements of Indiana University Graduate School and that the applicant’s needs and goals are compatible with the department’s program. The department seeks applicants who have strong analytical and writing skills, a strong liberal arts background, an interest in communication, and applicable work-related experiences. Generally, successful applicants will have cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher at the undergraduate level. The admissions committee considers all indicators of the applicant’s ability to complete the degree successfully Applicants should submit the following:
  • Completed application form for Indiana University Graduate School.
  • Personal statement.
  • Official transcripts of all college level coursework.
  • Three letters of recommendation (from university instructors and/or professional associates) sent directly to the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • *GRE scores are not required for admission to the program; however GRE scores may be submitted if an applicant feels the scores will enhance his/her application and an applicant wishing to be considered for scholarships or fellowship support should note that strong scores on the GRE General Test ARE REQUIRED and may have a positive impact on his/her application.
  • International students must submit TOEFL scores. Information about TOEFL can be obtained from the International Affairs Office, 902 W. New York Street, ES 2126, Indianapolis, IN 46202 or 317-274-7000.

Required Coursework

Students entering the program must have at least a Master’s degree (minimum of 30 credit hours) in Communication or a related social science or health discipline. Preference will be given to those students with degrees from communication studies programs. Students should have a GPA of 3.5 or higher in their Master’s coursework. Students are expected to have taken some foundational coursework in Communication. For students entering the program with no background in Communication, additional preparatory coursework in the discipline may be required as a condition of admission.

Required Testing

Applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Revised General Test (Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing). Successful candidates typically have scores between 150-170 in Verbal Reasoning and in Quantitative Reasoning and a score between 4.0-6.0 in Analytical Writing. In addition, non-native English speakers who did not complete a degree at a college or university in the U.S. must take an English competency test. The student may complete either of the following:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The expectation for admission is a minimum score of 88 on the TOEFL iBT (internet based test). Please note that this score represents the minimum that will be considered. In practice, we look for scores above 100.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5; in practice, we look for an IELTS of 7 or more. It is required that applicants take the academic reading and writing modules, not the general training reading and writing modules. Please note that this score represents the minimum that will be considered. In practice, we look for scores above 7.

Additional Required Materials

  • A written statement of purpose for entering this Ph.D. program
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals in professional positions able to judge success
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Graduate and undergraduate transcripts
  • A writing sample demonstrating academic writing ability

Undergraduate Record

Graduate School requirements include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a scale of 4, and a minimum 3.0 average in the major field. Applications will be viewed in their entirety. A candidate’s outstanding qualifications in one area can be balanced against more marginal qualifications in another dimension. Keep in mind that admission is competitive and financial support even more competitive. Most of the students admitted and supported will exceed the minimal requirements


IUPUI Petronio Communication Privacy Management Dissertation Fellowship

The IUPUI Petronio Communication Privacy Management Dissertation Fellowship is offered annually to an outstanding doctoral student from a United States accredited university who has completed coursework and successfully defended a dissertation proposal that utilizes Communication Privacy Management (CPM) theory and research. Read more.

For more information

If you are considering a graduate degree in Communication Studies either as a new student or as a transfer student, please contact:

Graduate Director of BA/MA, Master’s and PhD Program – Dr. Kim White-Mills

Other Graduate Programs Inquiries – Terri Crews