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1. January 15 is the deadline for fall admissions with full consideration for financial support in the form of a teaching or research assistantship. It is important that you meet this deadline if you need to be considered for an assistantship in order to enroll.

2. April 15 is the deadline for fall admissions without needing an assistantship. Although there may be assistantships available at this date, there is no guarantee that there will be any assistantships available in a particular year for this later admissions date. The only way to be sure that you will be considered for a teaching or research assistantship is to meet the January 15 deadline. If you do not want or need an assistantship, this deadline will still allow for fall enrollment.

No, we only admit students for the fall semester.

All materials are now submitted through the online system.

Online application for the Department of Communication is available at the Graduate College website.

Graduate admissions, including requirements and application process, is available here.

All questions regarding TOEFL or English proficiency should be directed to the Office Admissions. You can contact them via telephone at 405-325-2252 or check their web site for details here. You can also email them atadmrec@ou.edu.

Foreign Students who want to receive a teaching assistantship must pass the English Assessment’s 3 tests – write, speak, and teach.

You should contact the International Student Services Office. Their phone number is (405) 325-3337.

The GRE is required of all Ph.D. applicants and any M.A. applicants who are seeking a graduate teaching or research assistantship. Official GRE scores must be sent to us directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). You may provide us a copy of your official scores, but you still must have official scores sent to us.

The school code is 6879; the Department of Communication code is 4599. 

When selecting score recipients on the day of the test, or sending additional score reports through the GRE website, test takers should type the name or partial name of the department, e.g. “Counseling Psychology”, and the computer will list all department codes that match alphabetically. Test takers should NOT enter a department code number because the computer does not conduct a numeric match.

Test takers are asked to enter the four digit department code only if they are sending scores through the automated phone service. When sending scores online or on the day of the test, they should type in the name of the department, not the numeric code.

We expect the verbal and quantitative scores to equal a combined total of at least 1000 on tests taken before August of 2011 or in the 150 range on both the verbal and quantitative sections on the new scoring system.

We advise you to take the GRE at least by the end of Dec, prior to the February 1 deadline. It takes the Education Testing Service 10-15 business days to process your test, and then it’s mailed to the University of Oklahoma where it is processed again. Lastly, it is sent to the department. Please do not wait until the last minute to take the test. Not having your scores may affect your chances at being admitted or receiving an assistantship. We need those scores!

If you have completed your bachelor’s degree, you will automatically be considered for the MA degree only. Once you are in our MA program, you may apply for our Ph.D. program.

No. The application for the Department of Communication is an automatic request for a graduate assistantship unless you state otherwise

On the bottom of the first page of the Department of Communication application, it talks about assistantships. This is where you can decline consideration for an assistantship.

The number of available assistantships varies each year. We may have as few as one to give out or as many as twelve.

The number varies, of course, but around 40-50 people apply for our program each year.

Approximately 5-15 students are admitted.

Letters of acceptance or denial will be sent approximately mid-March.

You should contact the faculty Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Claude Miller, if you want to set up a visit to campus. He can best be reached via email at: cm@ou.edu.