Application Process


Applications are accepted only via North Carolina State University Graduate School's application system. Complete, step-by-step instructions, as well as an extensive FAQs section, can be found at that site. It is recommended that you create an account (an application fee payable by credit card is required) at least three months prior to the M.S. in Communication program’s FEBRUARY 1 ANNUAL APPLICATION DEADLINE so you can begin entering information; setting up your reference / recommendation contacts; review and gather the required documents; and have plenty of lead time to ask questions or get help from The Graduate School staff in solving any technical issues (such as document upload issues) prior to the deadline. The Department of Communication Graduate Programs staff cannot assist you with technical application issues.

Do not send requests to apply or application materials (this includes transcripts) to the Department of Communication via email or through the postal service. Both domestic and international students must apply online. The Graduate School provides us with your application and all your uploaded application material.

Should you delay in submitting your application and accompanying materials, be advised that your standardized test scores, reference letters, and other required application components may not arrive at The Graduate School, and in turn, into our office for review by our Selection Committee by our deadline. If that is the case, we advise that you wait until the following year to apply.  It is much better to wait than to submit a poorly prepared application packet (that could arrive past the deadline, as well). It could put you at a real disadvantage against a pool of candidates whose preparation clearly shines from the first page of their application form to the final word in their writing samples.

Standardized Testing Requirements

Application materials required