Application Process

Application Process for MA in Communication

To be considered for Standard Admission to the M.A. Program in Communication, a student must first meet the general requirements outlined by the Graduate School at UCCS

All applications are evaluated by the Communication Department Graduate Application Review Committee. The program admits new students in the Fall semester only, and the application deadline is August 1.  To be considered for Research and Teaching Assistantship positions and out-of-state scholarship, early applications are required by February 1.

 In order for your application to be considered, all of the following documents must be provided, using the online application system.

Standard Admission Application Form

  • Ensure the form is complete and the information is accurate
  • Complete Tuition Classification Form for Colorado residency, if the student claims in-state tuition eligibility
  • Official transcripts for each college or university previously attended (an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher is expected)
  • A statement of purpose that addresses the following questions:
    • What is motivating you to pursue a graduate degree at this time in your life?
    • In what ways do you think this degree would help you accomplish your personal, academic, and professional goals?
    • Regarding this program specifically, what aspects do you think will help accomplish your goals? Specify courses you're interested in taking or particular faculty members' work (please mention faculty member(s) you've contacted or had a conversation with) and explain how they are relevant to your goals.
    • Describe relevant experiences and accomplishments in your academic, professional, and personal life that demonstrate your readiness for graduate-level work, and in particular explain how you are prepared to succeed in online learning.
    • What challenges do you anticipate during your graduate career and how do you plan to overcome them?
  • Two Letters of Recommendation from instructors or employers who can speak to your academic skills
  • A sample of Scholarly Writing

English as a Second Language (ESL) Admission Form

Application For AMP Student Admission

AMP students can apply for formal acceptance to the Communication Master's program during the semester in which their Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree is scheduled to be conferred. In addition to the online application, Graduate Application for AMP students requires:  1) A Letter of Recommendation from a current faculty member or the undergraduate director in the Department of Communication, and 2) a Statement of Purpose that addresses the following:

  • What is motivating you to pursue a graduate degree at this time in your life?
  • In what ways do you think this degree would help you accomplish your personal, academic, and professional goals?
  • Regarding this program specifically, what aspects do you think will help accomplish your goals? Specify courses you're interested in taking or particular faculty members' work (please mention faculty member(s) you've contacted or had a conversation with) and explain how they are relevant to your goals.
  • Describe relevant experiences and accomplishments in your academic, professional, and personal life that demonstrate your readiness for graduate-level work, and in particular explain how you are prepared to succeed in online learning.
  • What challenges do you anticipate during your graduate career and how do you plan to overcome them?