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Master's in Communication

Frequently Asked Questions

When are applications due?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

When can I start taking graduate courses?

Students can begin taking graduate courses as soon as the next term after admission.

Is the GRE required?

No, the GRE is not required for this program.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, financial aid is available. Contact the Financial Aid Office with questions.

What kind of communication-related experience is required?

Communication-related experience can be from an internship, part-time job, volunteer work, active participation in student organizations, or meaningful projects and service-learning coursework.

How many total credits are required?

The online MS in Communication at Purdue University requires a total of 30 credit hours. Up to 12 credit hours can be taken while completing your undergraduate degree. The remaining 18 hours would be taken as a graduate student in the online Master of Science in Communication program.

Can I take graduate courses in the summer?

Yes, graduate courses are offered in the summer.

How do online graduate courses work?

Most of the coursework is asynchronous, meaning that there are not specific times that you need to be in the course. However, interaction with your instructor and peers is a major component of our classes. As an online student at Purdue University, you’ll log into a virtual online classroom interface that includes areas for assignments, discussion boards, e-mail, and more. Just like in a traditional classroom, you’ll complete coursework and exams and interact with your instructor and classmates, but it will all be online.

All online graduate courses are offered in an accelerated 8-week format. You can access and work on your coursework at any time—you just need to complete your assignments according to the schedule posted by your instructor.

What support is available?

As an online student, you will have access to a multitude of support resources when you need help or guidance, starting with new student orientation to familiarize yourself with the online learning environment. Other services include a help desk for technical issues, a student services coordinator, financial aid advisers and more.