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Graduate Admission

Admission is based primarily on the student’s undergraduate record, references, and results of the Graduate Record Examination. Applicants who have baccalaureate degrees in journalism, as well as those with no academic or professional background in journalism, are eligible to apply for the News/Information or Strategic Communication courses of study. Applicants who have had professional experience must describe it in their applications to be evaluated for exemption from basic skills andprofessional course requirements.

Applicants for the Marketing Communications course of study on the KU Edwards Campus must have a minimum of 2 years of full-time professional employment in marketing communications or media-related fields.

Applications

Application Deadlines

Students may enter the News/Information, Marketing Communications, and Strategic Communication programs in fall or spring semesters. The application deadline for the fall, which begins in August, is the preceding February 1. The application deadline for the spring, which begins in January, is the preceding November 1.

Application Materials

Applications can be considered only after these items have been submitted:

  1. Completed online graduate application.
  2. 1 official transcript of all college-level courses.
  3. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination. Applicants for the Marketing Communications course of study may submit the Graduate Management Admission Test. Tests must have been taken within the last 5 years.
  4. 3 letters of reference from persons familiar with the applicant’s abilities (at least one academic reference preferred).
  5. Written, 500-word statement of the applicant’s academic and professional objectives.
  6. A current résumé. Applicants for the Marketing Communications course of study also must include 3 samples of professional work that reflects the applicant’s years of experience.
  7. Nonrefundable application fee payable to the University of Kansas.
  8. International students whose native language is not English also must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language examination scores or International English Language Testing System examination scores.
  9. International students must submit proof that they have the financial resources to cover annual expenses.

Submit your graduate application online. Applicants to News/Information, Strategic Communication, and the M.S. in journalism/J.D. program should send all test scores and original transcripts of all college and university course work to the school:

The University of Kansas
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Graduate Director
Stauffer-Flint Hall
1435 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 114
Lawrence, KS 66045-7515

Applicants to the Marketing Communications course of study may send their test scores and original transcripts of all college and university course work to the KU Edwards Campus program:

The University of Kansas Edwards Campus
Marketing Communications Graduate Program Coordinator
12600 Quivira Road
Overland Park, KS 66213-2402

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