Communication Studies
    203 Reese Phifer Hall, Box 870172, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Communication Studies, MA
Official Concentration(s)*: Organizational Leadership.

Specialty Area(s)** : Communication & Culture, Interpersonal Communication, Rhetoric & Political Discourse.

Program Director(s): Dr. Heather Carmack, (205) 348-2141
Dr. Nikita Harris (Distance Learning), (205) 348-8079
Application Contact: Dr. Beth Bennett (Fellowships/Assistantships Contact), (205) 348-8073
Application Deadline: Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, but to register for courses, these admission confirmation dates are recommended: for summer term classes, confirm by 1 May; for fall classes, confirm by 1 July; for spring classes, confirm by 1 November. To be eligible for funding decisions, applicants must have their admission into the program confirmed no later than 1 March.
Allow Admission with Permission to Continue?    Yes.
If GPA is below the minimum
Allow Conditional Language Admission?   No.
Offer Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP)?   Yes. Is test score waived for AMP applicants? Yes.
*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
Required. Please refer to the Department of Communications guidelines.
Resume / CV
Optional but recommended.
Letters of Recommendation
No. Required to provide the names 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: 79, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 59.
Additional Requirements:To apply for departmental graduate assistantships, consult this page ( for more information. Applicants may submit these additional supporting documents – a writing sample of research; video sample of presentational skills

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