Applications for Fall admission are due: February 15. 

Applications for admission will be reviewed beginning on February 15. However, we will continue to consider applications for Fall admission on a rolling basis until May 15 or until all available seats in the program are filled. To be considered for a Graduate Assistantship all application materials and the Assistantship Application must be submitted by February 15.

For information on Graduate Assistantships in the School and to download the assistantship application, go to the Financial Aid link on the website.


Application Website:

International Applicants:

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Satisfactory grade point average in their undergraduate coursework.
  • Satisfactory test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Proficiency in writing, research and analytical skills demonstrated through research methods coursework in communication or a related field, or a writing sample.

Required by The Graduate School:

Required Electronically:

  • Application
  • Application fee
  • Official GRE scores

Send official transcripts to The Graduate School. The preferred method is an electronic copy sent via eSCRIP‐SAFE. Click here to view a list of participating institutions.

If an electronic copy is not an option, unopened paper copies can be sent to:

The Graduate School
James Madison University
MSC 6702, 17 W Grace St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Required by the School of Communication Studies:

  • A written statement of educational and professional goals (500 words)
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors, employers, and other professionals qualified to judge the applicant’s ability to successfully complete a graduate program. Recommendations for those applying for Graduate Assistantships should address applicants potential for teaching.

Additional Materials (Optional):

Students who have not taken undergraduate coursework in research methods in communication or a related field are encouraged to submit a writing sample that demonstrates their writing, research, and analytical proficiencies. Students who have questions about their research methods preparation are encouraged to contact the Graduate Program Director.

The Graduate School will send a written offer of admission if you are accepted. This letter specifies the effective date of admission, the category of admission being offered, and the name of the faculty adviser assigned to you. The offer of admission is good for one year. Written acceptance or rejection of the offer should be submitted as soon as your decision on graduate study has been made.

Categories of Admission – You may be admitted under one of three classifications:

  • Unconditional – Admission without reservation. Indicates that you have a sound academic background in preparation for your program of study.
  • Conditional – Conditional admission indicates that the graduate program has identified specific conditions that must be met. It is your responsibility to notify your adviser when the conditions of acceptance have been met. The adviser or graduate program director then contacts The Graduate School indicating the change from conditional to unconditional status.
  • Provisional – Admission under probationary status. You have not fully met the requirements for admission into your program. Your first priority must be to satisfy the conditions outlined in your acceptance letter. It is your responsibility to notify your adviser when the conditions of acceptance have been met. The adviser or graduate program director then contacts The Graduate School indicating the change of status.

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