Graduate

Admissions

The application process below details what to send, where to send completed materials, and when materials are due. Our department embraces innovative humanistic and social scientific approaches to inquiry and engagement in health, media, organizational and relational communication, with emphases on culture, performance, and social justice. We welcome application from individuals interested in these areas and approaches to communication.

Please upload all materials directly to your USF application. Given the nature of the review process, we cannot guarantee a full review of supplemental materials involving non-print media (videotapes or CDs). We cannot return any application materials, so please do not send originals of any materials.

International students can find extra information for International applicants, and may also be interested in USF's International Services. For more information on the Graduate Admission process, please visit the Graduate Admissions Site.

Any questions regarding application procedures or for materials that cannot be uploaded please contact or send to:

Danielle Secker
Academic Program Specialist
secker@usf.edu

Department of Communication
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave., CIS 1040
Tampa, FL 33620-7800
Phone: (813) 974-2145

Please note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed or processed.

Application and Funding Deadlines: Ph.D. Program

Ph.D. Application Deadlines (Domestic US Citizen and Permanent Resident)
Fall Deadlines Spring Deadlines
Priority Deadline: January 15th We do NOT offer Spring admission for Ph.D. applicants.
University Deadline: February 15th
Ph.D. Application Deadlines (International)
Fall Deadlines Spring Deadlines
Priority Deadline: January 2nd We do NOT offer Spring admission for Ph.D. applicants.
University Deadline: February 15th
Ph.D. Funding Notice Deadlines (Domestic and International)
Fall Deadlines Spring Deadlines
Funding Notice Deadline: February 15th We do NOT offer Spring admission for Ph.D. applicants.
There is not a separate application for departmental graduate teaching or research assistantships. If you wish to be considered for this opportunity, please email the Academic Program Specialist to confirm your interest.

For more information on assistantships, visit our Teaching Assistantships page.
For more information about our priority deadlines, visit our FAQ.

Application and Funding Deadlines: M.A. Program

MA Application Deadlines (Domestic US Citizen and Permanent Resident)
Fall Deadlines Spring Deadlines
Priority Deadline: March 15th Priority Deadline: October 15th
University Deadline: June 1st University Deadline: October 15th
MA Application Deadlines (International)
Fall Deadlines Spring Deadlines
Priority Deadline: March 15th Priority Deadline: June 1st
University Deadline: June 1st University Deadline: October 15th
MA Assistantship Notice Deadlines (Domestic and International)
Fall Assistantship Notice Deadline Spring Assistantship Notice Deadline
Funding Notice Deadline: March 15th

We do NOT offer Spring funding for M.A. applicants.

There is not a separate application for departmental graduate teaching or research assistantships. If you wish to be considered for this opportunity, please email the Academic Program Specialist to confirm your interest.

For more information on assistantships, visit our Teaching Assistantships page.
For more information about our priority deadlines, visit our FAQ.

Required Materials

Required Application Materials for both MA and Ph.D.:
USF Graduate School Application & Fee
USF Graduate School Applications must be submitted through the USF Tampa Graduate Application Site. Applicants have two options to pay their $30 application fee, either by Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover) or by E-Check (checking/savings account). You may be eligible for a fee waiver if you attended specific programs.

For international applicants: You must also complete and submit the Financial Statement Form.
GRE Scores

All applicants must arrange for a full set of GRE scores to be sent to USF by Educational Testing Service (ETS). USF's institutional code is 5828. GRE test scores must have been earned within five (5) years per university requirement. 

Applicants should score at least a 153 Verbal Score (61st percentlie). If you do not meet this minimum, you must showcase strong evidence of writing skills in your other materials.

Please note: ALL applicants MUST submit valid GRE scores. We do not waive this requirement.

TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE-A Scores
(For international applicants only.)

Applicants from countries recognized as non-English speaking must submit TOEFL scores taken within 2 years of the desired term of entry.
View additional information on these test scores.

TOEFL score minimum:
- 79 (internet-based test)
- 213 (computer-based test)
- 550 (written test)

Please note: If you completed your degree at a U.S. college or university, scores are not required for applicants unless you are seeking a teaching assistantship. If your scores do not meet requirements, please visit the USF INTO program.

Transcript(s)

Officially-sealed transcripts from all previous higher education institutions (undergraduate and graduate). Unofficial transcripts can be used until you are accepted, after acceptance official transcripts are required. Visit the Graduate Admissions Site for further information and requirements for domestic transcripts and foreign transcripts. Please send official transcripts to the Office of Admissions:

University of South Florida
Office of Admissions
4202 E Fowler Avenue, SVC 1036
Tampa, FL 33620

Letters of Recommendation

MA applicants must submit two (2) letters.
Ph.D. applicants must submit three (3) letters.

These letters should speak to your ability to succeed in graduate school. Character references and employment-focused letters are acceptable, but may not be as helpful as letters focused on your academic/scholarly talents. Please use My Recommendation Request(s) on the online application to submit letters of recommendation.

Curriculum Vitae (CV) or an Academic Resume

You can upload your CV or resume through the application portal.

Statement of Purpose
Submit a short statement discussing your reasons for applying and goals for graduate school. Your statement should be approximately 2 to 4 pages, double-spaced. 
Writing Sample
This writing sample should demonstrate your potential to write critically and well. Typical writing samples have included a communication course paper, a chapter from an Honors or M.A. thesis, a convention paper, or a journal article submitted or published. Please enclose only one writing sample.

Please note: Academic writing from previous coursework is preferable (but not mandatory) to samples of professional journalism or fictional writing.