Graduate Programs


Applied Communication

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have the following:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  2. Official transcripts from all Universities and Colleges attended (mail to
    CA 425 University Blvd, CA 309A,
    Indianapolis, IN 46202)
  3. Three letters of recommendation (completed online or mail to
    CA 425 University Blvd, CA 309A,
    Indianapolis, IN 46202)
  4. A 2-3 page personal statement explaining both how prior education and experience make the applicant a good candidate for graduate study in communication, and how the candidate plans to apply this degree to future career and academic goals. In addition, evidence of strong analytical and writing skills, a background in research methods, and experience in the analysis of communication phenomena are highly recommended. (completed online)
  5. If you are applying as an international student, the Office of International Affairs (OIA) will finalize your admission and assist you with obtaining a visa, if necessary. OIA will conduct a final review of your application to determine that all institutional and USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service) requirements have been met. OIA may contact you for additional information. In the meantime, please visit their web site at to be sure that you have satisfied all admission requirements for international students. Please do not apply for your visa or make travel plans until you receive a formal confirmation of admission from OIA and your Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS2019). If you have any visa-related questions, please direct your questions to the OIA office at 317-274-7000 . Registration for international students takes place during the new student orientation sponsored by OIA just before the beginning of the term.

Graduate Record Examination: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test with satisfactory scores in the three areas is required for applicants who wish to be considered for University fellowships, but not required for admission to the program. 

Applicants should submit the following:
  1. Completed online application for Indiana University Graduate School.  To apply, go to
  2. Application fee of $50.00 USD, $60.00 USD for international students. This fee is subject to change. Payment is made online with a credit card.
  3. GRE scores are not required for admission to the program; however GRE scores may be submitted if an applicant feels the scores will enhance his/her application.
  4. An applicant wishing to be considered for scholarships or fellowship support should note that strong scores on the GRE General Test ARE REQUIRED and may have a positive impact on his/her application.
  5. International students must submit TOEFL scores. Information about TOEFL can be obtained from the
    International Affairs Office
    620 Union Drive, Room 207
    Indianapolis, IN  46202-5167
    Phone: 317- 274-7000.      
  • Incoming students with the highest qualifications will be nominated by the Graduate Director for University Fellowships. These fellowships offer full-time students one year of financial support. All the graduate programs on the IUPUI campus compete for these fellowships, and programs are allowed up to four fellows per year depending on situational constraints such as budget. In addition to this campus-wide program of financial support, the Department of Communication Studies may offer a limited number of research assistantships and teaching opportunities.  Students must apply to the department in early spring by the published deadline before the assistantship year. 
  • Students working on the applied learning project or the thesis may apply for Grants-in-Aid of Research through IUPUI. These grants are intended to cover expenses incurred in the research required for the project or thesis, including travel to libraries and archive holding materials not otherwise available.  Go to to find out more about grant opportunities. 

For general questions or more information about graduate school, go to

For general questions on departmental requirements, contact Dr. Rhodes at   

Address Correspondence To:
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Communication Studies
425 University Blvd.
Cavanaugh Hall, Room 307 C
Indpls, IN 46202
(317) 278-3760