School of Media & Strategic Communications

Graduate Program Admissions Requirements

The graduate faculty of the School of Media and Strategic Communications assess several factors to determine a student's admission to the Master's program in Mass Communications. These factors include undergraduate GPA, GPA in mass communication courses if taken, work experience, GRE scores, TOEFL scores for international students, student career goals and their compatibility with our program. Students entering our graduate program typically must meet these desired minimum requirements:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better. If mass communication courses have been taken, a grade point average of 3.0 or better is desired.
  • A GRE verbal score of 151 (on a 130-to-170 scale), quantitative score of 149 and an analytical writing score of at least 3.5. 
  • Previous media experience or an undergraduate major in a mass communication-related discipline is highly preferred, but not required.

International students must also do the following:

  • Achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 600 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-based test, or 100 for the Internet-based test.
  • Comply with all special financial and immigration instructions from the Graduate College.

The Graduate Faculty may admit students on a probationary basis who are close to these requirements.

Applying for Admission

Admission to the graduate college is now entirely online.  To start this process, click here. Materials you must supply to the Mass Communications graduate program include the following: 

  • An updated resume or VITA.
  • A Letter of Application explaining why (a) you are qualified to enter our program; (b) descrbing your career goals; and (c) explaining how earning this Master's degree will assist you in attaining those goals. 
  • An example of your writing ability for professional work.  If you're in the industry, an example of this would be a news release for a public relations firm.  If you're still in school, submit a past assignment.
  • Three letters of reference, which must be from administrators, supervisors and/or professors. At least one of your letters should be from a current or former faculty member who has knowledge of your scholarship ability. 
  • Your GRE scorel. The GRE code for OSU is 6546 and the code for Mass Communications is 4503.
  • Any additional materials that the candidate thinks would help the graduate faculty evaluate the application.
  • International students must also send their TOEFL scores to the Graduate College.


During the academic year, the graduate faculty will consider the applicant for admission at the next monthly faculty meeting after all requested materials have been recieved and the graduate college has forwarded your application. The graduate faculty will make a recommendation to the Graduate College, which makes the final decision. Consequently, the earlier you send your materials, the earlier a decision will be made. To ensure full consideration of your application, all materials must be recieved by the following dates:

  • Spring Admission--November 15
  • Fall Admission--February 15 (applications given preference); July 1 (final)
  • A student may also take graduate courses (up to 9 hours) without being accepted into the Mass Communications graduate program.  To recieve this special student stauts, students must apply through the Graduate College.