Our school evaluates each application to the graduate program using multiple criteria, including undergraduate/M.A. grades, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, fit with our faculty, and prior work/life experience. Median GRE scores of admitted students in recent years are: Verbal (158/80th percentile), Quantitative (152/47th percentile), Writing (4.5/82nd percentile). Median undergraduate GPA for admitted students is 3.7 (4-point scale). Recognize that these are medians. We have many successful students in our program with scores above and below these values. Having scores below or above these metrics are not a guarantee of application denial or acceptance. If you feel your overall application is a good fit for our program, we encourage you to apply.
The GRE General Test is required for admission into our graduate program. The report of GRE scores is valid only if received directly from ETS. Have scores sent to Institution Code 1631; Department Code 4599. A complete list of materials needed for an application can be found at here.
Students rarely can afford to attend graduate school without financial assistance. We try to offer every student whom we admit to our graduate program a teaching assistantship, provided oral English proficiency has been demonstrated. The teaching assistantship waives tuition as well as most student fees and pays a monthly salary. We also nominate especially talented students for school and university fellowships. For more information about teaching assistantships and fellowship opportunities, look here.
A master's degree in Communication or related field is required for admission into our Ph.D. program. Some schools admit students with only an undergraduate degree into their Ph.D. program. These students, however, often must overcome additional hurdles that end up slowing their degree completion. Students admitted into our doctoral program at Purdue can complete their coursework, preliminary exams, and dissertation research in four years. Students admitted straight into other doctoral programs that do not require an M.A. degree often take at least five to six years to complete their Ph.D. degree.
Students can transfer up to six hours from another school towards their M.A. or Ph.D. degree with approval, but only if these hours were not used to obtain an earlier degree.
If I start out in non-degree seeking status, can I transfer the hours earned in that status to a regular degree-seeking program?
Twelve credit hours with a grade of B or better may transfer towards their M.A. or Ph.D. degree with approval, presuming that they are admitted into our program and that the courses fit coherently into their eventual plan of study.
We begin considering applications for each fall on December 1 of the previous year. Applications will not be considered until they are complete. Those applications completed on or before December 1 will be considered in the initial group of admissions decisions. Applicants are encouraged to submit application materials before December 1.
NOTE: We occasionally admit graduate students to start the spring semester. Students who seek teaching assistantships, however, usually begin in the fall and complete the school's teacher training program during their first semester. Only students with substantial prior teaching experience would be admitted with a teaching assistantship in the spring.
If I apply to the graduate program in the spring and am not admitted, do I have to pay the application fee again to apply for the following fall?
Yes, the application fee is only good for one academic year. The academic year runs fall, spring, and summer.
TOEFL and GRE. To be considered for admission into the graduate program, non-native English-speaking applicants must achieve a TOEFL score of 77 overall; 27 Speaking; 19 Reading; 14 Listening; and 18 Writing. The score must be documented by an official report from ETS and must be no more than two years old at the time the application credentials are reviewed in the Graduate School.
IELTS with a score of 8 or higher will be accepted by the school. Only official TOEFL scores received directly from ETS are acceptable.
All TOEFL scores should be sent to us from ETS as follows: Institution Code 1631, Department Code 83.
No more than two years old. The Purdue Graduate School policy regarding the TOEFL is as follows: The score must be documented by an official report from ETS and must be no more than two years old at the time that application credentials are reviewed in the Graduate School. Report of TOEFL scores is valid only if received directly from ETS. Have scores sent to Institution Code 1631; Department Code 83.
Yes. However, in order to be considered for financial support as a teaching assistant, non-native, English-speaking applicants must also achieve a score of 50 or higher on the Test of Spoken English (TSE), 27 (TOEFL) or 8 (IELTS). The score must be documented by an official report from ETS and must be no more than two years old at the time application credentials are reviewed in the Graduate School. For more information, contact Jill Dyson in the Office of Graduate Studies at (765) 494-3304.
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