How to Apply
Applications for Admission for Fall 2021
Deadline: Ph.D. in Mass Communications, Dec. 15, 2020
Deadline: M.A. in Media Studies, Feb. 1, 2021
Please note: If you are applying to one of the degree programs in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, please enter MASSC (Ph.D. in Mass Communications) or MEDIA (M.A. in Media Studies) on your online application form.
Online Application Requirements
The Graduate School online application will ask you to upload the following additional program-specific material:
- Statement of purpose (two to three pages explaining your academic interest and background in communications and how graduate study at Penn State fits into your career plans)
- Writing sample (any academic or professional work that demonstrates your analytical and writing abilities)
- Three (3) recommendations (preferably from those who can assess your past academic performance and potential for graduate studies). The Graduate School will notify the recommenders by email to fill out the rating form and to add additional information on the applicant. Please plan accordingly to give your recommenders plenty of time to submit their letters by the application's deadline.
Official GRE Scores (analytical writing, verbal general and quantitative general)
- University code: 2660
Department code: 4508
Due to COVID-19 complications, we will treat Official GRE Scores (analytical writing, verbal general and quantitative general) as OPTIONAL in our consideration of the Fall 2021 applications ONLY. In other words, we will consider applications that arrive with or without the GRE scores. Applications that arrive without the GRE scores will be reviewed holistically.
- Official TOEFL Scores (for international students who have not received a degree from an English-language institution). A combined score of at least 80 with at least a 24 on the speaking is required. If a degree is earned from an accredited English-speaking institution, the TOEFL score will be waived.
- Official transcripts/records/degree certificates from all institutions attended that are listed on your application to the Graduate School.
The Bellisario College offers Graduate Assistantships or University Graduate Fellowships to all Ph.D. students
- Frequently Asked Questions
- If you are ready to proceed to the application but have NOT read the Graduate School requirements, please visit the Graduate School website.
- If you have read the Graduate School and program requirements and are ready to apply, you may proceed to the application at http://www.gradschool.psu.edu/index.cfm/apply/.
- If you need assistance with the cost of applying to graduate school, please visit this page for information about the FreeApp waiver program.