Admission/Application process

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In general, students applying for admission to the PhD program in Mass Communications must have completed a master’s degree by the time they enroll. However, in special cases where an applicant has a particularly strong academic record or exceptionally strong professional experience in the field, a student may be admitted directly to the PhD program.

Applicants to our Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication program should have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree by the time they enroll.

Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication must submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) before their applications will be considered complete. Typical scores should be at least 150 for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections and at least a score of 4 for the Analytical Writing section.

International students should have a score of at least 108 on the TOEFL iBT test or a score of at least 7.5 on the IELTS.

How to Apply

PhD and Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication applications are accepted only for the fall semester. The deadline for fall 2020 is January 10, 2020.

  • Apply online at the Admissions Website by clicking here.

  • After you submit your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password in order to access your Admissions Profile on MyUI (Iowa Student Information Service), our online portal for students. You will then upload the required supplemental documents through a secure portal.

  • For your letters of recommendation, you will be asked to provide the contact information of your recommenders on your Profile. The recommender will then receive an email from the Office of Admissions instructing them on how to upload a recommendation letter.

We begin reviewing applications on January 10. Applicants seeking financial assistance must apply by that date. Applications must be complete to be reviewed for admission.

Direct questions about applications to We look forward to receiving your application.

See also: The School of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Studies Handbook, which includes this information and more.


Master of Arts in Strategic Communication applications are accepted for summer, fall and spring semesters.

Admission/Application process for Master of Arts-Strategic Communication program

Contact information

School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Graduate Program
The University of Iowa
E350A Adler Journalism Building
Iowa City, IA 52242

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396