Admissions Policies and Procedures

A degree in these areas is preferable: advertising, art, broadcasting, computer science, creative writing, film, graphic design, integrated marketing, journalism, mass communication, multimedia, music, new media, public relations, telecommunications or theater.

Students who do not have a bachelor's degree in communication or a related discipline may be required to complete up to twenty units of undergraduate course work to get to a masters entry level proficiency. The exact requirements will vary, depending upon previous academic and professional work.

Applicants to the graduate program must submit the following:

  1. Application Form. Each applicant must submit an application form. Apply now!
  2. Application Fee. Each application must be accompanied by a $50 nonrefundable application fee ($75 for international students).
  3. Standardized Exam Score or Substantive Professional Experience. Each applicant must submit either a standardized exam score or the GRE Waiver Form. (Call for more details on getting the form) If a candidate chooses to submit an exam score, it should be either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Millers Analogy Test (MAT). Contact the Film and Creative Media Program to learn the most current score requirements. Students who have already earned a master's level degree or have been accepted into another graduate program may apply without submitting a standardized test score.

    **The standardized exam score may also be waived if the following criteria are met: five years of professional experience in a related field or 3.0 undergraduate GPA.
  4. References. Each applicant is required to submit three references. Please submit an academic, professional and personal reference from individuals who know you well and are able to comment on your skills, abilities and character. Reference information will be requested as a part of the online application process.
  5. Official Transcript(s). Each applicant must submit an official transcript, showing degree conferral when appropriate from all schools attended.
  6. Video Sample or Personal Statement. Applicants must submit a one to two minute video sample of their work or if they do not have any sample a one to two page paper explaining their interest in the program and what they hope to achieve with this degree in their professional career. Video samples may be submitted through the application website and Vimeo or YouTube samples are preferred.
  7. Résumé. A résumé detailing the applicant's work and academic experience is required.
  8. Interview. After all application documents are received and academic requirements are met, the program director and academic committee will schedule an on-campus interview (when feasible) or schedule a phone or Skype interview.
  9. TOEFL. The Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for international students.

Registration Notice: After admission has been confirmed, graduate students are required to submit additional documentation to begin registering for courses.

To find out more about registration or if you have any other questions please call our office at 615.966.5186.