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Doctorate in Journalism and Mass Communication

PhD - School Requirements

  • Application Deadline for Fall Enrollment: February 1
  • Master’s degree or equivalent with at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Graduate application: Apply online.
  • Application Fee (nonrefundable).
  • Resume or CV.
  • An official transcript of all previous graduate credit, including the Master’s degree, sent electronically to Graduate Application Processing Center link. A hard copy is acceptable if the institution cannot send electronic transcripts.
  • Graduate Record Examination scores less than five years old. The WAW School looks for a Verbal score at or above the 75th percentile, an Analytical Writing score at or above the 75th percentile, and a Quantitative score at or above the 50th percentile. Comparable LSAT or GMAT scores are acceptable. This requirement may be waived in exceptional circumstances.
  • A copy of the Master’s thesis and other examples of research and scholarship, preferably by PDF. Links to online articles are acceptable.
  • Statement of research goals that coincide with WAW School faculty scholarship.
  • Appropriate references from three persons, including the Master’s advisor, if possible.
  • International Students are required to submit TOEFL scores.
  • International Students are required to submit evidence of financial support.

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