Admission Requirements

Master of Arts - Communication

There are three types of admission to the M. A. Program in Communication, as described below. Any applicant not satisfying the requirements of any of these three types of admission is reviewed by the Graduate Applications Review Committee constituted of three members of the graduate faculty.

Guaranteed Admission: This program is designed to offer outstanding University of Colorado at Colorado Springs students enrolled in their final semester of undergraduate coursework guaranteed and expedited admission to the M. A. Program in Communication. To qualify for guaranteed admission, a student must be a Communication major with a minimum GPA of 3.7 in all Communication coursework taken at UCCS. A one-page admissions form is available from the Communication Department and a $60 non-refundable application fee are required. The application form also is available on line at:

Fast-Track Admission (only through Spring 2015 applications) : This program is designed to offer a more efficient admission process to University of Colorado at Colorado Springs undergraduate students who have graduated no more than four years prior to application to the graduate program. Students applying under the fast-track program must submit the following:

  1. The Fast-Track Admission application form, accurately and completely filled out. That form is available online at:
  2. A completed residency form (back of the application form), if the student claims in-state tuition eligibility.
  3. A check or money order for the $60 ($100 for international students) non-refundable application fee.
  4. Official transcripts for any university level studies attempted after graduation from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
  5. A letter of recommendation from the Chairperson of the student's former undergraduate department (non-Communication majors only).
  6. GRE exam results (for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.0 only).


Standard Admission: This program is designed for students who are not eligible for either Guaranteed or Fast-Track admission. To be considered for Standard Admission to the M. A. Program in Communication, a student must first meet the general requirements outlined by the Graduate School at UCCS. Applications are evaluated by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Communication. The committee bases its decisions on the following: The online location to begin this process is available at:

  1. Transcripts from each college or university previously attended (an overall GPA of 3.0 is expected).
  2. Recent GRE scores (a combined score of at least 1000 on the verbal and quantitative components is expected).
  3. A statement indicating educational objectives and professional goals.
  4. Four letters of recommendation from instructors or employers.
  5. A sample of scholarly writing.
  6. A check or money order for the $60 ($75. for international students) non-refundable application fee.


Admission is not limited to those with communication-related undergraduate majors.
Those who have taken little or no communication or social scientific research methods coursework in their undergraduate program will be asked upon acceptance to meet the following deficiency prerequisites.

COMM 2100 PUBLIC SPEAKING, an introductory public speaking course, or
COMM 5100 ADVANCED PUBLIC SPEAKING as an additional degree requirement
COMM 2500 RESEARCH METHODS or a basic course in social scientific research methods and
MATH 1040 COLLEGE ALGEBRA or a comparable math course
COMM 4000 RHETORICAL DIMENSIONS IN COMMUNICATION or a course focusing on classical traditions in communication theory
COMM 4250 ADVANCED INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: CONFLICT MANAGEMENT or an upper division communication course with a theoretical emphasis

Students are advised not to enroll for more than nine hours of graduate level credit until all undergraduate deficiencies have been made up. Masters students have a three-year period in which to complete all degree requirements. Extension of the three-year time limit may be granted by the Graduate Director. Students are advised to take both COMM 5010 Introduction To Graduate Studies: In Communication and COMM 5020 Graduate Communication Research Methods during their first year in the program.

Additional information regarding a Master of Arts in Communication program can be found at our website:

Graduate School information at UCCS may be found at this website: