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Applying to Our Master's Program

The graduate program at the Valenti School of Communication accepts applications for fall semesters only. All required application materials must be received by the application deadlines outline below in order to be considered complete and submitted for review by the admission committee.

All applications are reviewed by the Valenti School of Communication's admission committee. Afterwards, a recommendation will be made to the Dean's Office in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Approve applicants will be notified via an official letter or email.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Students:

  • Priority Deadline: December 15
  • Applications submited after the priority deadline will be reviewed up to April 1.

International Students: January 15

 

*Late applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact our graduate director, Dr. Jennifer Vardeman, if you are unable to submit applications by these dates.

Application Process

Applications to the graduate program are processed through an automated admission system. Please submit your application online using the following link.
  • Application Fee
    The application fee is $50 for domestic students and $125 for international students.
  • Official GRE Scores
    We recommend taking the GRE at least one month prior to submitting your application. Submitted GRE scores must not be more than 5 years old.
  • Official Transcripts
    Submit official transcripts from any higher educational institutions you attended. Must be received before enrollment. (To confirm status, email the Graduate School at gradschool@uh.edu.) Mailed transcripts to University of Houston, Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 3947, Houston, Texas 77253-3947.
  • Letters of Recommendation
    Two letters of recommendations should be submitted, preferably from former or present instructors who can comment on your academic work in detail. Letters from employers are also accepted.
  • Statement of Purpose
    The statement of purpose is a brief, 1-2 page essay that addresses why you want to pursue graduate work in communication, your experiences in communication, your plans for after receiving a graduate degree, and why you wish to attend the Valenti School of Communication.
  • Resume
    Include your resume with your application.
  • Writing Sample
    The writing sample should highlight your critical thinking, analytical, problem-solving, and research skills. Research papers from undergraduate classes are recommended. Professional communication documents on behalf of a client, organizational, or class (e.g., a press release, a news article, etc.) are also accepted.
  • TOEFL Test Scores
    (International Students only) International students must provide evidence of satisfactory English proficiency. The TOEFL exam provides this evidence and must be taken at least a month before submitting your application and must not be more than 2 years old. TOEFL scores must meet the new minimum requirement of the International Based Test (IBT) of 79.
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Acceptance Status

Keep in mind that all of the materials in the application packet are factored into admission decisions. Simply meeting the minimum GPA or GRE criteria does not guarantee admission.

Below, we have outlined the requirements for both unconditional - or, guaranteed - admission and conditional admission into its graduate program. These acceptance statuses are impacted by the  strength of the student's application.

Unconditional vs. Conditional

  • Unconditional Acceptance

    To be considered eligible for unconditional acceptance, a prospective student must have the following:

    • A Bachelor's degree in an appropriate field from an accredited institution. Students may have to complete required leveling courses if they do not have adequate background in the degree they are pursuing. Please be aware that these leveling courses will likely extend how long it takes to complete the program.
    • A minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA in the last 60 undergraduate hours attempted
    • Competitive GRE scores - i.e., a combined score of 295-300 on the GRE quantitative and verbal sections and a 3.5 on the analytical writing section

    Students who have earned several grades of C or below in undergraduate communication courses will not be deemed eligible for this level of admission. 

     

  • Conditional Acceptance

    Applicants who do not meet the criteria for unconditional acceptance might be considered for conditional acceptance. Any student admitted conditionally must demonstrate the following:

    • A GPA of at least 2.7/4.0 in the last 60 hours
    • A GPA of at least 3.00 in communication hours
    • Acceptable GRE scores
    • Additional application materials that suggest the student can succeed in this graduate program

     Please also note the following post-enrollment requirements for conditional acceptance:

    • The student maintain at least a “B” average in the first 12 hours attempted in graduate school. Once these hours have been completed satisfactorily, conditional students must submit a course adjustment form (available from the director of graduate studies) requesting that they be granted unconditional status.
    • Students cannot embark on the next stage of the M.A. program -- the thesis option or the comprehensive exam option -- until they are granted unconditional status. This is normally conferred (1) if the student has completed all undergraduate deficiencies noted at the time conditional status was granted, (2) if the student has fulfilled all graduate degree prerequisites, (3) if the student has terminated all incompletes on her/his graduate record, and (4) if the student has maintained a minimum (3.0) GPA in the graduate program.