Admission to the MA Program in Communication Studies

Selection of Candidates

In reviewing applications, we look for a combination of academic ability and experience, future goals for professional career development and advancement, and the personality and social skills conducive to a successful career in academia or the professional world. All application materials submitted are considered in our committee-based decision making process; however, minimum requirements for serious consideration include an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher, A GRE score in at least the 50th percentile range (or higher) on both verbal and quantitative parts of the exam, a personal statement, and academic/scholarly writing sample, and three letters of recommendation from individuals in a position to provide insight into your academic and scholarly abilities. Also, we strongly recommend a campus visit to Baylor and personal dialogue with the Director of Graduate Studies and/or other members of our graduate faculty.

Admission to the graduate program in Communication Studies is granted on a rotating basis. Students may enter the program at the beginning of the fall, spring, or summer sessions. However, teaching assistantships are awarded in the spring and usually start in the fall semester of each year. All application materials for students seeking an assistantship must be received on or before February 1 of the year in which the applicant wishes to begin as an assistant.

Required Materials

Baylor is committed to a policy of inclusiveness, understanding, and acceptance of all regardless of race and ethnicity. Students are accepted into the MA program in Communication Studies without regard to their religious orientation. Application to Baylor’s graduate school is made on-line and is available at

In addition to the application itself, the overall application process requires a number of items; incomplete applications will not be considered.


  1. Official On-line Application w/Personal Statement
  2. Official Transcripts of all college/university work
  3. Graduate Record Exam—General Test (less than five years old)
  4. Three Letters of Recommendation
  5. Academic/Scholarly Writing Sample

International students are required to submit either TOFEL or IELTS scores unless they have received a degree from a U.S. accredited institution of higher education.

All application materials should be sent to:

Baylor University
Graduate Admissions
One Bear Place #97264
Waco, Texas