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Media School Update: Beginning in Fall 2015, the new Media School will be offering integrated graduate programs (M.A., M.S., Ph.D.) that bring together the existing Telecommunications, Journalism, and film and media related Communication and Culture programs.  These programs are currently under development and will be posted soon after they are finalized.  Students interested in Journalism, film and media related Communication and Culture, and Telecommunications offerings should apply through the Telecommunications website.  If you have questions please contact Telecommunications grad director (hsawhney@indiana.edu), who will direct you to the relevant people in Journalism and film and media related sides of Communication and Culture.

Applications are generally considered for Fall semester entry only, with an application deadline of JANUARY 15 for domestic students and DECEMBER 1 for international students.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online: http://www.indiana.edu/~grdschl/admissions/index.shtml.

Admission Requirements

Master's applicants should:

  1. have at least a B (3.0) average in an undergraduate program at a four-year accredited college;
  2. submit official transcripts from all institutions attended;
  3. submit a statement of purpose explaining their interest in our graduate program;
  4. submit three letters of recommendation;
  5. [international] submit an official computer-based TOEFL score greater than 250 or official internet-based TOEFL score greater than 100;
  6. submit an academic writing sample;
  7. submit a resume or CV;
  8. * submit an appropriate level of performance on the Graduate Record Examination General Test: official GRE scores are required for all MA applicants, and required for most MS applicants except those focusing on new media design and production. Applicants focusing on new media design and production may submit a portfolio of creative work in lieu of GRE scores. Successful applicants are expected to have all GRE scores above 500, or verbal and quantitative scores above 500 and analytical score above 4.0, or equivalents for verbal, quantitative and analytical scores, as per conversion tables provided by ETS for the new GRE scoring system.

Applications from students who have not majored in communication at the bachelor’s level are welcomed. If admitted, these students may be required to take supplementary courses.

Ph.D. applicants should:

  1. have a Master’s degree from a recognized institution with a minimum GPA of 3.5;
  2. submit official transcripts from all institutions attended;
  3. submit a statement of purpose explaining their interest in our graduate program;
  4. submit three letters of recommendation;
  5. submit a writing sample;
  6. submit a resume or CV;
  7. * submit an appropriate level of performance on the Graduate Record Examination General Test: Successful applicants are expected to have all GRE scores above 500, or verbal and quantitative  scores above 500 and analytical score above 4.0, or equivalents for verbal, quantitative and analytical scores, as per conversion tables provided by ETS for the new GRE scoring system.
  8. [international] submit an official computer-based TOEFL score greater than 250 or official internet-based TOEFL score greater than 100.

Applications from students who have not majored in communication at the master's level are welcomed. If admitted, these students may be required to take supplementary courses.

* In August, 2011, GRE iintroduced a revised General Test with substantial changes to the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures. See www.ets.org for details and conversion tables.

Applicants: Do not submit application materials and supporting documents to the Office of International Admissions or to the University Graduate School. All materials should be sent directly to:

Tamera Theodore
Graduate Program Administrator
Department of Telecommunications
Indiana University
1229 E 7th St TV 261
Bloomington, IN 47405

For further information about applying to the program, please contact the Graduate Program Administrator, Ms. Tamera Theodore, at ttheodor@indiana.edu.