Communication (CIS), General
    478 Reese Phifer Hall, Box 870172, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Communication and Information Sciences, PhD
Official Concentration(s)*: Applied Communication, Book and Publishing Studies, Interpersonal Communication, Media Processes and Effects, Rhetoric and Political Discourse, Social Justice and Inclusion Advocacy.

Specialty Area(s)** : Health Communication.

Program Director(s): Dr. William Evans, (205) 348-3176
Application Contact: Jackie Hayes, (205) 348-8593
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, throughout the year, for fall, spring, and summer entry. To receive full consideration for financial support, students who plan to enter in a Fall semester should complete their applications by February 1. Students who plan to enter in a Spring semester and wish to be considered for financial support should complete their applications by August 15. In most years, financial support is not available for students who plan a summer entry. Prospective students who desire financial support are encouraged to apply for fall or spring entry.
Allow Admission with Permission to Continue?    Yes.
Allow Conditional Language Admission?   Yes.
Offer Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP)?   No.
*A concentration is an officially approved program of study that will appear on your transcript. You may select a concentration (if available) during the application process. ** A specialty area represents broad informal areas of study and/or research within a department and reflects faculty expertise.

Admission Requirements
Item Information
Application Fee
Statement of Purpose
Resume / CV
Letters of Recommendation
No. Required to provide the names, phone numbers, and official email addresses of three academic references in a separate document. Actual letters of recommendation are not required
Please upload an unofficial transcript for any institution of higher education at which you have completed 15 or more credit hours. Official transcripts must be received prior to registering for classes. International applicants: please make sure that your transcript includes a grading scheme. All others: please include a grading scheme if your university does not use a letter-based (e.g. A, A-, B) grading scheme.
The minimum GPA to be considered: 3 (for regular admission). Students who do not meet these requirements, but who excel in other areas, may be considered for Admission with Permission to Continue.
Graduate Admission Test Scores
No admission test score required.
English Proficiency Test
NOTE: During the COVID-19 crisis, in addition to the language tests listed in this section, we are accepting Duolingo scores (minimum of 105 for regular admission). Non-native speakers are required to submit unofficial TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores (official scores are submitted on admission) unless they meet at least one of the following criteria: 1) at the time of initial enrollment, they will hold a degree from a U.S. institution or an institution in one of the English speaking countries or regions in the link below; 2) at the time of initial enrollment, they will have been enrolled in coursework for at least two years at a U.S. institution or an institution in one of the English speaking countries or regions in the link below; 3) they are a citizen or legal resident of one of the English speaking countries or regions in the link below.
The minimum score(s) to be considered for regular admission:
TOEFL: 90, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 59.

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