Master of Arts in Communication Arts

Program Coordinator

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links

Dr. David Nelson Fall Semester: July 15 Retention/Dismissal/Readmission Policy
Email: drnelson@valdosta.edu Spring Semester: November 15 Graduation Requirements
Phone: 229-333-5820

Summer Semester: April 15

Department of Communication Arts

Admission Requirements

Required Documents

Admission Requirements

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee $35 (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

One Official Transcript from each institution where you have previously enrolled (undergraduate and graduate).

(Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School

  • Prospective students who do not hold a BA or BFA in Speech Communication, Communication Studies, Mass Media or other appropriate field need to be familiar with speech and media theories and their pragmatic application.  Please feel free to contact the graduate coordinator for a reading list that prospective students should be acquainted with if they are considering applying.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 Scale in the last 60 hours of undergraduate studies. GPA calculation will include all attempted courses completed in last 60 hours.

Graduate Record Exam 

or

Miller Analogies Test

  • Minimum GRE Requirements:
    • Verbal score of 150
    • Quantitative score of 141
  • Minimum MAT Requirement: 350
Career Goal Statement
  • A written statement (250-500 words) describing your interest in the program and post-degree plans. The written statement must demonstrate articulation, writing skill, and goals consistent with the outcomes of the degree program.

Three Recommendations

(General Recommendation Form Required)

    • Recommendations should be completed by professionals acquainted with your academic and/or vocational background or interests. These must reflect your ability interest, and motivation to be successful in the program of study and career field.
    • Letters must be accompanied by the required form.

VSU Medical Form

Page 1 of Medical Form

Page 2 of Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Verification of Lawful Presence

(Effective Fall 2011 for applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)

  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Complete list of accepted documents and information on residency.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

International Applicants 

International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program, however, additional documentation may be required.  Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam or IELTS exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
  • Certificate of Finances- The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document.  Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement.
  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

Admission Classifications

      • Regular Status
      • Probationary Status

      Probationary Admission

      • Applicants who do not have a GRE verbal score of 150 or higher, quantitative score of 141 or higher, combined MAT score of 350, or a grade-point average of 3.0 of higher in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework may be considered for admission as a probationary student if they have at least a 3.0 on the analytical section of the GRE.
      • If admitted under probationary status a student must complete the following requirements to be eligible to be changed for regular status:
        • A grade point average of 3.0 upon completion of 9 hours of graduate coursework.

      Admission Questions 

      For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.

      • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5

       

       

       

       

       

       

      • Visit Us: Psychology Building (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100

       

       

       

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