Online MS in Communication: Admissions Criteria and Dates

Application Deadlines

Table of application deadlines and starts of classes for the 

Application Deadline

Start of Classes

Spring 2022 December 8, 2021 January 10, 2022
Summer 2022 April 8, 2022 May 2, 2022
Fall 2022 July 29, 2022 August 22, 2022


Admission Criteria

Admissions decisions are based on individual experience and the applicant’s fit with the program. Applicants will complete the online application with the Purdue Graduate School for consideration.  The materials required for admission should be included in the online application. The GRE exam is not required for admission. 

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Experience working in industry
  • An current resume
  • A 500-word (minimum) statement of purpose
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended, including potential graduate-level transfer credits
  • (3) professional letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your abilities
  • An application fee of $60 ($75 for international students)
  • If you have earned the Accreditation in Public Relations credential, upload a digital copy of your APR certificate in the application portal. You will earn six credits towards the degree with proof of Accreditation in Public Relations credential.
In addition to the admission requirements, international students must also provide the following information.
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended in the original language as well as English translation for transcripts and diplomas not in English.
  • Non-native English speakers must also submit the following.
    • TOEFL test scores that are less than two years old and meet the following requirements:
      • Paper-Based (PBT) Minimum: 600
      • Internet-Based (IBT) Overall Score: 80
      • Writing: 18
      • Speaking: 27
      • Listening: 14
      • Reading: 19
    • IELTS test scores that are less than two years old and have a minimum score of 6.5 in the Academic Module

Statement of Purpose Assistance

Please respond to the following prompts to facilitate our evaluation of your application. One to two paragraphs for each prompt should be sufficient to address our questions.

  • How has your professional background to date prepared you for the study of communication at the graduate-level at Purdue University?
  • How has your academic background prepared you for the study of communication at the graduate-level at Purdue University?
  • What strategies will you use to ensure you have the time and flexibility to proactively engage course requirements in our program?
  • How is the curriculum in our program aligned with your personal and professional goals?
  • What else should we know about you that will help us assess your application?”

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