Application Procedure

Steps for Admission to Classified Graduate-level Status in Communication Studies*

  1. Completion of an undergraduate major in information and communication systems, mass communication, journalism, telecommunication, public relations, instructional technology, visual communication, speech, or organizational communication is desirable. In the absence of an undergraduate major in one of the above, and based on the individual student's background, the Graduate Coordinator may make recommendations on courses to be taken as prerequisites for classified status. Such remedial coursework will ordinarily not count toward the fulfillment of master's program requirements.
  2. A grade point average of at least 3.0 (B) in all undergraduate coursework. An official transcript is required by the Graduate School.
  3. Completion of Chico State's Graduate Application Form and payment of appropriate fees to the Graduate School.
  4. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

The following information may be mailed directly to the Graduate Coordinator in Communication Studies:

  1. A statement outlining your motivation, objectives, and expected area of emphasis in graduate studies.
  2. A minimum of three letters of recommendation from former professors or professional supervisors.
  3. Two writing samples authored by the applicant demonstrating writing skills (e.g. articles, academic papers, or a portfolio within the applicant's specialty to exhibit his/her skills, abilities, and talents in the expected area of emphasis).

*See "Graduate Education" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.