Application Process for MA in Communication

Standard Admission

This program is designed for students not eligible for Guaranteed 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. All applications are evaluated by the Graduate Director or the Communication Department Graduate Application Review Committee, if the applicant does not satisfy the requirements listed below:

In order for the Standard Admission Application to be considered, all of the following documents must be provided, using the on line application system.

  • Admission Application Form, accurately and completely filled out
  • Complete Tuition Classification Form for Colorado residency, if the student claims in-state tuition eligibility
  • Official transcripts for each college or university previously attended (an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher is expected
  • Recent Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores (a score of at least 150 on the Verbal and 150 on the Quantitative components is expected, as well as a 4 on the Analytical)
  • A statement indicating educational objectives and professional goals
  • Two Letters of Recommendation from instructors or employers
  • A sample of Scholarly Writing
  • Non-refundable application fee of $60. ($100. for English as a Second Language)

The application form for Standard Admission is available on-line at

English as a Second Language (ESL) Admission


  • Review your program of interest's requirements
  • Review the UCCS ESL proficiency requirements: //  
  • Refer to "How to Submit Transcripts" instructions on how to submit your official transcripts with certified English translation to UCCS    //
  • Contact the Office of International Affairs for information on English intensive courses // and applying for a visa
  • Apply Online //
  • Submit a $100. non-refundable application fee through the online application
  • Having problems with the online application? Email us for assistance!

Applications for Non-Communication Undergraduates 

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 is recommended only for applicants whose undergraduate major was not Communication
  • Rhetorical Dimensions in Communication or a course focusing on classical traditions in Communication theory is a deficiency pre-requisite for all applicants

One of the following:

Students are advised not to enroll for more than three to six hours of graduate level credit until all undergraduate deficiencies have been successfully completed. M.A. 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 Communication Graduate Director. All graduate students are advised to take both COMM 5010 - Introduction To Graduate Studies: the Communication Discipline and Theories and COMM 5020 - Graduate Communication Research Methods during their first year in the program and prior to taking any more than two electives (they may take COMM 5100 Advanced Public Speaking and/or COMM 6250 - Problems in Communication). M.A. students whose undergraduate degree was not Communication should take the deficiency pre-requisite, COMM 4000 - Rhetorical Dimensions in Communication before or concomitant with COMM 5010 - Introduction to Graduate Studies: the Communication Discipline and Theories.