Recommended Deadlines for Admission

1 March,  latest admission date for students applying for UA Graduate Fellowships or Communication Studies GTAs
1 May, for students seeking August admission
1 November, for students seeking January admission

*The online program admission decisions are made on a rolling basis.  However, admission into the program to begin with summer classes needs to be confirmed by 1 May, for fall classes by 1 August, and for spring classes by 1 December.

Application Process

All those interested in being admitted into the program must apply for admission to the Graduate School of the University of Alabama the semester prior to their anticipated start date.

  1. Complete the Graduate School’s application form. If interested in the fully online master’s program, you must select the distance learning option on the application.
  2. Pay the application fee
  3. Provide the names of three academic references in the “Other Documents” section Furnish an official email address for each person you name as a reference for your application, in the “Other Documents” section only.  Actual letters of recommendation are not required.  Please note that if you put names in the “Letters of Recommendation” section, those references will receive an automatic request to provide a letter in your behalf.
  4. Provide admission test scores. You may submit test scores from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or The Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Please note that any student with a completed graduate degree or at least 5 years of relevant professional experience as determined by the department may have the test score requirement waived.
  5. Provide transcripts for each institution of higher education at which you have completed 15 or more credits
  6. Provide English Language Proficiency Test Scores (for non-native speakers of English)
  7. Provide a Statement of Purpose. Please refer to the guidelines below.

If you are applying to the main campus and are interested in a communication studies Graduate Teaching Assistantship, you will also need to send a letter of application and a 10-minute video-recording of yourself delivering a speech or otherwise demonstrating speaking ability.  Refer to directions here.

Guidelines for Statement of Purpose

The Graduate School provides general recommendations for statements of purpose concerning length (1-2 pages) and substance (treatment of your background, reasons for pursuing the graduate degree program, and goals after graduation. For applicants to the MA degree program in Communication Studies, it may also be useful to entertain the following four considerations.

  1. In discussing your background, you might mention experiences, interests, activities, and/or achievements that helped shape your personal aspirations and subsequent endeavors.
  2. You should bear in mind that Communication Studies particularly supports study and research in three areas: communication and culture, organizational and interpersonal communication, and rhetoric and political discourse. If your reasons for pursuing the MA in Communication Studies relate to study or research in any of these areas, you should mention this fact. Likewise, if there are specific faculty members in Department of Communication Studies with whom you would like to work during your graduate education, this should be mentioned as well.
  3. As you discuss goals after completing your degree, it would perhaps be useful if you described how you think achievement of your goals would be facilitated by graduate education in Communication Studies.
  4. As regards formatting and style, you should include (a) “Statement of Purpose,” (b) “MA in Communication Studies,” and (c) your name somewhere in the heading of your essay. Standard expository style will be appreciated in the essay itself. You may single-space or double-space your essay.

Departmental Assistantships