Graduate Frequently Asked Questions



The School of Communication offers the following graduate programs:

Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy in Communication

Within the overarching framework of using communication for behavioral and social change, you may focus on health, environment, or a related field, from a domestic or international perspective and informed by intercultural study. Your research and experiential fieldwork could combine or individually adopt a communication studies, strategic communication or journalism and media development approach as appropriate for your career goals.

M.F.A., Master of Fine Arts

M.A., Master of Arts

M.S., Master of Science

For questions specific to a program, please directly contact the graduate studies coordinator of the program and/or the chair of the department in which the program is housed, using the information below:

Doctoral Program

Dr. Cong Li, associate dean for graduate studies, email: congli@miami.edu

Motion Pictures

Professor Ed Talavera, department chair, email: etalavera@miami.edu

Interactive Media

Professor Kim Grinfeder, program coordinator, email: grinfeder@miami.edu

Communication Studies / Health Communication / Intercultural Communication

Dr. Diane Millette, department chair, email: millette@miami.edu

Journalism

Professor Rich Beckman, program coordinator, email: rbeckman@miami.edu

Media Management

Dr. Michel Dupagne, program coordinator, email: dupagnem@miami.edu

Public Relations

Dr. Sunny Tsai, program coordinator, email: wanhsiu@miami.edu

For questions related to the application process, please contact the Graduate Studies Office at: socgrad@miami.edu.

The Ph.D. program is four years long. Typically our students complete their course work in the first three years and spend their fourth year working on their dissertation. Our doctoral students are fully funded for four years. The costs covered for our doctoral students for four consecutive years are as follows: tuition for the required 57 credit hours, a $26,500 stipend per year for four years, and the cost of University health insurance for four years, all contingent on adequate progress in the four years of the program. More information about the program can be found at http://com.miami.edu/phd-communication

The M.F.A. in Motion Pictures is a three-year, 66 credit program. We have a very limited number of graduate assistantships available for which you may submit an application at the time you submit an application to the program. More information about the program can be found here: http://www.cinema.miami.edu/

The M.F.A. in Interactive Media is a two-year, 45 credit program. We have a very limited number of graduate assistantships available for which you may submit an application at the time you submit an application to the program. More information about the program can be found here: http://interactive.miami.edu

The M.A. in Communication Studies/Health Communication/Intercultural Communication is a two-year program with a thesis or non-thesis option. The thesis option is a total of 30 credits and the non-thesis option is a total of 36 credits. A very limited number of assistantships are available for this program. More information about the program can be found here: http://com.miami.edu/graduate-communications-studies. For additional funding opportunities please click here.

The M.A. in Public Relations is a two-year program with a thesis or non-thesis option. The thesis option is a total of 30 credits and the non-thesis option is a total of 36 credits. A very limited number of assistantships are available for this program. More information about the program can be found here: http://com.miami.edu/public-relations-ma. For additional funding opportunities please click here.

The M.A. in Journalism is an 18-month, 36-credit program. A very limited number of assistantships are available for this program. More information about the program can be found here: http://com.miami.edu/journalism-ma. For additional funding opportunities please click here.

The M.S. in Media Management is a 12-month or 24-month, 34-credit program. A very limited number of assistantships are available for this program. More information about the program can be found here: http://com.miami.edu/media-management-ms. For additional funding opportunities please click here.

We accept new graduate students only for the fall semester. The application deadlines for the fall semester are:

  • Ph.D. - December 1
  • M.F.A. in Motion Pictures - Priority Deadline: February 1 / Final Deadline: May 1
  • M.F.A. in Interactive Media: Priority Deadline: February 1 / Final Deadline: May 1
  • M.A. - Early Deadline: December 1
  • M.S. - Early Deadline: December 1

* We cannot guarantee that International Applications submitted after June 1 will be processed for the fall due to time limitations.

Ph.D. - Requirements for admission to the Ph.D. program in the School of Communication are:

  1. A master's degree in communication or another appropriate field. The degree must be in addition to a bachelor's degree. All degrees must be from accredited institutions.

  2. The School's official application

  3. A $85.00 non-refundable application fee

  4. Three letters of recommendation

  5. 500-word typed statement of your academic and professional goals, research area you want to pursue and why, and what in your background has prepared you for this. A copy of the completed master's thesis or comparable scholarly work if not master's thesis has been completed. If the master's thesis is in progress, submit completed chapters. If a thesis is not required by your master's program, submit comparable scholarly work.

  6. Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  7. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores

  8. Official TOEFL or IELTS scores

    Note: Only for international applicants

  9. Copy of current passport

    Note: Only for international applicants. The name entered on the graduate application must exactly match what appears on your passport.

  10. Official transcripts of all college work, both undergraduate and graduate

    Note: All transcripts must be the original document, forwarded directly from the university; Xerox copies, true copies, notarized copies and other types of copies are not acceptable. Applicants with transcripts from any institution in China must arrange for a verification report of the university transcript and diploma with the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). The report must be mailed directly to the School of Communication by the CDGDC, rather than by you or any third party. For more information about CDGDC, please visit www.cdgdc.edu.cn/cn/ or cqv.chinadegrees.cn. In addition, international applicants must send an official copy of their diploma, and all documentation that confers your degree, with English translation.

M.A., M.S., and M.F.A.: Requirements for admission to the Master of Arts, Master of Science, or Master of Fine Arts degree in the School of Communication are:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution

  2. The School's official application

  3. A $85.00 non-refundable application fee

  4. Three letters of recommendation

  5. 500 word typed statement of academic and professional goals.

    Note: for the Interactive Media M.F.A., please visit http://interactive.media.edu for specific instructions about the statement. For the M.A., the statement should include your academic and professional goals and what in your background has prepared you for this.

  6. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores

    Required for MA applicants
    Interactive Media MFA applicants may send GRE scores or a portfolio
    Not required for Cinema MFA applicants
    MS applicants may send GRE or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores. MS applicants with substantial relevant media or business work experience should contact Michel Dupagne at dupagnem@miami.edu

  7. Official TOEFL or IELTS scores

    Note: Only for international applicants

  8. Portfolio

    Note: Required for Cinema M.F.A. applicants. Interactive Media M.F.A. applicants may send a portfolio or GRE scores

  9. Copy of current passport

    Note: Only for international applicants. The name entered on the graduate application must exactly match what appears on your passport.

  10. Official transcripts of all college work, both undergraduate and graduate

    Note: In addition, international applicants must send an official copy of their diploma, and all documentation that confers your degree, with English translation. Applicants with transcripts from any institution in China must arrange for a verification report of the university transcript and diploma with the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). The report must be mailed directly to the School of Communication by the CDGDC, rather than by you or any third party. For more information about CDGDC, please visit www.cdgdc.edu.cn/cn/ or cqv.chinadegrees.cn

Yes, official transcripts from all institutions attended are required. We will not review a file with unofficial transcripts, nor will we review a file until official transcripts from all institutions have been received. Even if courses that you took from one school appear on another school's transcripts, official transcripts from both schools must be received. To reiterate, these are our requirements with regard to transcripts:

Official transcripts of all college work, both undergraduate and graduate

Note: In addition, international applicants must send an official copy of their diploma, and all documentation that confers your degree, with English translation. Applicants with transcripts from any institution in China must arrange for a verification report of the university transcript and diploma with the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). The report must be mailed directly to the School of Communication by the CDGDC, rather than by you or any third party. For more information about CDGDC, please visit www.cdgdc.edu.cn/cn/ or cqv.chinadegrees.cn

All international transcripts are reviewed for U.S. equivalency by the Office of International Admissions at the University of Miami prior to review of applications by the School of Communication. The review by International Admissions can take several weeks. We request international students to apply and submit all transcripts early for timely decision-making so that there is sufficient time for paperwork related to obtaining a visa if the student is admitted.

A GPA of 3.0.

The GRE is the Graduate Record Exam. We require the GRE revised General Test which features questions in Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. We look for a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 297. GRE test scores are only valid for five years; if you have taken the GRE earlier and your scores are older than five years, you will need to retake the GRE. You will know your verbal and quantitative scores immediately after completing the exam; however for review of your application we need official GRE scores sent directly to us from ETS. For more information about the GRE, please visit their website at http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about. M.S. applicants may submit Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores in lieu of GRE scores.

  • The GRE may be waived for applicants to the M.A. degree programs if the applicant has received another master's degree in a related area of study. The GRE cannot be waived for Ph.D. applicants.
  • The MS in Media Management requires either the GRE or the GMAT unless an applicant is eligible for a waiver.
  • The GRE is not required for the MFA in Motion Pictures.
  • The MFA in Interactive Media requires either the GRE or a portfolio.

International applicants are required to submit official English proficiency exam scores. We accept the TOEFL and IELTS. We look for a minimum of 90 on the TOEFL and 7.0 for the IELTS. These scores are valid only for two years; if you have taken the test earlier and your scores are older than two years, you will need to retake the test. For more information regarding the TOEFL, please visit http://www.ets.org/toefl. For more information regarding the IELTS, please visit http://bandscore.ielts.org/course_info.aspx?OrgId=3187.

International students who have received a college degree from a U.S. institution are exempt from taking the TOEFL or IELTS. International students whose first language is English may be exempt from taking the TOEFL or IELTS. Studying English at a U.S. institution is not necessarily sufficient to waive the TOEFL or IELTS requirement.

The code for the GRE and TOEFL is 5815. The code for the GMAT is 7NV-S1-96.

The departmental code for the GRE is 4599.
The departmental code for the TOEFL is 83.

It may be appropriate to ask professors, advisors, and/or employment supervisors for recommendations. There is no specific combination of the above that is required. Recommendations from friends are not suitable. Contact information for recommenders should be submitted online via the online applications system. Recommenders will then be notified via email that you have requested a recommendation as part of the application requirement. Recommenders can complete the online questionnaire and attach a letter, although a letter is not required.

Both the M.F.A. in Motion Pictures and the M.F.A. in Interactive Media require portfolios. Please refer to their websites for guidelines (Motion Pictures / Interactive Media)

Specific requirements for the statement are stated under each program. In general, the statement is the applicant's opportunity to discuss why they chose to apply to one of the programs in the School of Communication at UM, what they hope to accomplish while studying in the School, and what goals they would ultimately like to reach once they have completed their program of choice. This is also the place to discuss any special issues that might have had an impact on your academic career or test scores, and to share whatever makes you stand out as an outstanding candidate for the program. The 500 word limit is a recommendation; please feel free to write more if necessary, but do not go beyond 1,000 words.

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International students who are accepted into the graduate programs will be required to submit an original bank letter of financial stability in the amount to cover all expenses for the first year of study.

Most of our master's programs allow students to take classes on a part-time basis. The doctoral program is only for full-time students.

No, we do not currently offer online programs.

Students can transfer only 6 credits for 30-credit programs and only 9 credits for 36-credit programs, but conditions apply as follows:

  • Can transfer only 6 credits for 30-credit and only 9 credits for 36-credit programs.
  • Credits with grades of "B-" or less cannot be transferred.
  • Credits for courses over 6 years old, or taken by extension, cannot be transferred.
  • Credits that have been counted toward another degree cannot be transferred.

In addition, official transcripts must be submitted to transfer credits, and transferred credits will not be calculated into the University of Miami GPA.

Please visit the US News and World Report website. Here's the link: http://www.usnews.com/education.

  • About 15 students for each M.A. program
  • About 15 students for the M.S. program
  • About 18 students for the F.M.F.A. program
  • About 18 students for the I.M.F.A. program
  • About 6 students for the Ph.D. program

Contact information for the Graduate Studies Office:

Phone: (305) 284-5236
Fax: (305) 284-8701
Email: socgrad@miami.edu
URL: http://com.miami.edu/graduate-programs

Application materials should be mailed to:

Mailing Address: Graduate Studies Office, University of Miami, School of Communication, 5100 Brunson Drive, Suite 4002, Attention: Kesha Wimbley, Coral Gables, FL 33146

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