The following items are required as a part of the application for the M.A. in Communication and will be evaluated when making admission decisions to the M.A. in Communication program.
- Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
- A baccalaureate degree in Communication or a related field from an accredited institution of higher learning.
- A statement of purpose describing your background, academic interests, academic or professional goals, and how the program will help fulfill these interests and achieve these goals. Your statement should also describe the reasons you wish to pursue an M.A. in Communication, your qualifications, and why you think your academic interests align with our graduate program in communication. Please keep your statement to 2-3 double-spaced pages in length.
- An original scholarly paper. This writing sample should demonstrate your abilities as a writer and general topics of interest. There is no maximum page limit, but the program would like to see a paper with a minimum of 8 pages. Please select a paper that includes an analytical thesis argument and employs evidence (theoretical or empirical) to support that argument. Writing samples tend to be products from Communication courses, but papers from other courses may also be provided.
- A list of completed communication theory courses and research methods courses. Communication theory courses and research methods courses offer useful preparation for graduate study and research in communication. The program asks applicants to provide information regarding the institution, course number, course title, and primary content of any communication theory and theorizing courses as well as any social science research courses completed.
- Three letters of recommendation (preferably at least two from academic references) that assess your qualifications and likelihood for success in a graduate course of study. The program recommends requesting letters from professors (or professionals with a graduate degree) who can attests to your critical thinking, analytical and problem solving abilities, and potential to succeed in our graduate program in communication. If you are applying for a Graduate Assistantship, please ask recommenders to also include a section that assesses your abilities as related to serving as a Graduate Assistant.
- A report of GRE (Graduate Record Examination) General Test scores. The institution code for Boise State University is 4018. For more information about the GRE or to request your scores to be sent to Boise State University, please go to http://www.ets.org/gre. GRE scores are not required for undergraduate communication majors with an overall 3.3/4.0 GPA or higher.
- If you are interested in being considered for a Graduate Assistantship opportunity, you must provide an additional graduate assistantship statement of purpose describing reasons for applying for a Graduate Assistantship, past experiences helping to prepare for an assistantship, and goals as they pertain to an assistantship position. We also recommend applicants ask those writing letters of recommendation to include an assessment of your abilities related to serving as a Graduate Assistant. Please keep your statement to 1-2 double-spaced pages in length.
* NEW GA OPPORTUNITY * — a new graduate assistantship opportunity is available for fall 2017 applicants. Please see the Graduate Assistantship page for more information
Click here for a PDF version of the MA in Communication Application Instructions.