COVID-19 Information

Until further notice, the University of Arizona, in accordance with the guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, encourages all employees to work remotely.

The Communication Building is now open from Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. COMM's main office (211) is open from Monday-Friday 9am-3pm. You can reach the Communication Department Monday-Friday 8am-5pm by email to

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Applying to the Program

To begin your application, go to the Graduate College website: The Application deadline is March 1. New applicants are only admitted during following Fall term; we do not accept applications to begin the program in January.
For questions and/or application requests, please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Tina Mendoza, by email at:

For detailed admission and application information, click here: 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you require the GRE? What scores are your minimums?

Yes -- the GRE is required; we do not have any minimum scores. However, the majority of students admitted to our graduate program have GRE scores above 156 on Verbal, 146 on Quantitative, and 4.5 on Analytical Writing subtests. Some students are admitted with lower scores, but prospective applicants whose scores fall substantially below these numbers, and especially those with scores below the 50th percentile on any subtest, are encouraged to retake the GRE.  


For the GRE DEPARTMENT and MAJOR FIELD CODE  please select one of the following that best fits your interest: 

  • Communications and media studies 4507
  • Communications technologies 4502
  • Mass communications 4508
  • Radio, television, and digital communication 4505
  • Speech communication 4506
  • Communications and Journalism – Other 4599

Choosing a Major Field Code will not limit student from pursuing related areas of interest or change in focus during the course of the degree.

What is the application deadline?

Application Deadline is March 1 for entry the subsequent August. We do not accept applications for entry in the Spring semester.

Do you have financial aid available?

Yes. In addition to aid available from the University office of Financial Aid, we offer paid teaching assistantships to the majority of students admitted into the graduate program. Teaching assistantships come with a tuition waiver, health/accident insurance, and an annual stipend. Research assistantships, merit-based fellowships, and scholarships are also available. Of the graduate students in the department, more than 95% receive some form of financial support.

How long does it take to get an MA or PhD degree?

Most students complete the MA degree in 2 years (4 semesters). Most PhD students finish their degree in approximately 4 years beyond the MA degree.

Which program should I apply for?

Students holding (or currently finishing) an MA degree in Communication (or a closely related social science field) should apply for the PhD program.  Students with a BA should apply for the MA program first; they can apply for the PhD while completing the MA.

If I am admitted into the program, do I have to pick one of the three areas of specialization?

No. You may take courses in any of the three areas. Your coursework is proposed to your guidance committee who approves it based on its appropriateness to your particular interests and educational needs.

Do you offer a degree program in broadcast media or media production?

No. The "mass media" component of our graduate program is focused on the social scientific study of media effects and usage. Students seeking a graduate degree in broadcast media or media production should contact the University's departments of Media Arts or Journalism.

How many students are in the graduate program?

There are approximately 25  students in the graduate program at any given point in time. These numbers fluctuate with the size of the faculty. The Department is committed to keeping the ratio of graduate students to faculty at a reasonable level so as to allow for considerable individual attention for all students in the program.

What kinds of jobs are available to people with a graduate degree in Communication?

For people with an MA degree in Communication, there are a number of career options in the private and public sector. Some students have gone on to careers in personnel, human resources, marketing, advertising, public relations, and education (often at community colleges). People seeking a PhD are usually pursuing employment in an academic setting, primarily focused on research and teaching. Since a PhD is a research degree, and the University of Arizona is in the top tier of America's research universities, students often come to this graduate program seeking quality training and education in how to design and conduct research with a significant social impact. Usually such students take positions with universities after completing their degree.

What information does the Graduate Admissions Committee look at when making admissions decisions?

The committee considers the following: a. the applicant's undergraduate GPA, and graduate GPA (if applicable),  b. the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores submitted by the applicant, c. three letters of recommendation, d. the quality of the applicant's writing sample, e. the statement of purpose written by the applicant; is there a good fit between the applicant's educational interests and what the program has to offer in coursework and faculty expertise?

Whom should I ask to write letters of recommendation?

Ideally at least one or two would come from a former professor-someone who has had you in class and can speak to your educational skills and performance. Letters from employers and supervisors are also acceptable.

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