Admission

Requirements

Applicants to the Master’s program in Communication must hold a Bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies, with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, and must have completed a degree in Communication or a related field (e.g., English, Political Science, Psychology, Business, and Sociology), or have significant communication-related work experience. For applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in Communication, undergraduate coursework in research methods and communication theory is required. Applicants from an unrelated undergraduate program without significant preparation for graduate study in communication may be required to up to 18 undergraduate credits in communication to be considered for the program.

How to apply

1. Please visit the web pages of the Office of Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at www.gradartsci.villanova.edu to request additional information, view application deadlines or to begin your online application.

2. Contact the program at gradcommunication@villanova.edu or 610-519-6434 to discuss your interest in doing graduate work.

3. Applicants to the Master’s Program should submit the following materials:

  • Application for admission online.
  • Application fee. $50 payable by credit card online. The fee is waived for students with a Villanova degree.
  • Transcripts. Step 1 - You may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts in the online application in order to receive an admission decision. However, those who are offered admission must complete the following process in order to enroll. Step 2 - Official transcripts of all previous college work undergraduate (and graduate where applicable), must be sent directly from your registrar's office to the Office of Graduate Studies at Villanova. (Applicants in their last year of undergraduate study who have not completed their bachelor’s degree should provide a transcript of all courses completed at the time of application, and submit an official transcript when the undergraduate degree is completed.)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation; please use the form found on the online application.  At least two recommendations should be from professors.
  • Graduate Record Examination or GMAT. Please note that GRE scores from tests taken more than five years before the date of application will not be accepted.
  • A Writing Sample (academic preferred, professional acceptable)
  • A Personal Essay outlining academic and professional goals

4. Applicants to a Certificate Program should submit the following materials:

  • Application for admission online.
  • Application fee. $50 payable by credit card online. The fee is waived for students with a Villanova degree.
  • Transcripts. Step 1 - You may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts in the online application in order to receive an admission decision. However, those who are offered admission must complete the following process in order to enroll. Step 2 - Official transcripts of all previous college work undergraduate (and graduate where applicable), must be sent directly from your registrar's office to the Office of Graduate Studies at Villanova. (Applicants in their last year of undergraduate study who have not completed their bachelor’s degree should provide a transcript of all courses completed at the time of application, and submit an official transcript when the undergraduate degree is completed.)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation; please use the form found on the online application.  At least two recommendations should be from professors.
  • A Writing Sample (academic preferred, professional acceptable)

International Students need to submit additional application materials:

  • Official TOEFL scores.
  • Credentials Evaluation.
  • Financial Certification.

Program Requirements

Applicants to the Master's program in Communication must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies, with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, and must have completed a degree in Communication or a related field (e.g., English, Political Science, Psychology, Business, and Sociology), or have significant communication-related work experience. For applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in Communication, undergraduate coursework in research methods and communication theory is required. Applicants from an unrelated undergraduate program without significant preparation for graduate study in communication may be required to up to 18 undergraduate credits in communication to be considered for the program.