Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Below are answers to some questions that prospective students frequently ask us about M&C, the application process and Temple University.
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Questions about M&C
What can I do to determine whether M&C is the right program for me?
You’ve taken the first step, which is to carefully read the information on this web site. Look in particular at the interest areas of each faculty member on the Faculty page; you may want to locate and read some of the publications of faculty members whose interests seem to coincide with your own. Subscribe to the (free) M&C listserv. Contact individual faculty members and/or students to introduce yourself and ask them about their work. If you can, come visit us (see next question).
Can I take courses without being admitted to the program?
You can take one 4-credit course, either Communication Theory I (M&C 400) or Researching Communication (M&C 500) as a non-matriculated student (i.e., before applying and being admitted into the M&C program). These courses are only offered in the fall semester. If you are then admitted, the credits count toward the degree.
How long would it take me to earn the doctorate?
The model is four years: two and a half years of course work, a half year of writing a dissertation proposal and preparing for exams, and a year of conducting and writing the dissertation. A few students finish more quickly, many finish in this time frame and a handful take longer for a variety of reasons.
Could I earn a doctorate from M&C via distance learning?
Occasionally an M&C elective course is offered in an online or combined online/offline format, but you couldn’t earn your degree without attending and participating in courses designed for face-to-face, ‘in person’ interaction.
Questions about applying to M&C
When should I apply?
Applications are accepted only for admission starting in the fall of each year, and the deadline for our receipt of applications is December 15 of the previous year. International applicants should submit materials by December 1st of the previous year because although applications will be accepted until the December 15 deadline, Temple cannot guarantee that applications after early-December will be processed in time to obtain the required visas. Please note that incomplete applications cannot be evaluated.
What materials do I have to submit or have submitted for my application to be complete?
Your application can’t be evaluated until it is complete, which means that the SMC Graduate Office has each of the following items:
- A filled-in application form (available from the Temple University Graduate School)
- Statement of purpose
- Resume or C.V.
- 3 letters of reference
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
- For international applicants: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
What is the statement of purpose?
The statement of purpose is a thoughtful consideration of the reasons you want to come to graduate school generally, and Temple and M&C more specifically. It should include some description of your background, your future career and research goals and any other information you think might be helpful to determine if our faculty and program matches your interests and needs.
Do I have to have a master’s degree to apply to M&C?
A master’s degree in communication or another relevant field, or the equivalent degree from a university in another country, is required for admission to M&C. If you don’t have a master’s degree, you can earn one at another university or you can apply to enter one of the master’s programs in the School of Media and Communication at Temple. Click here
for more information on SMC programs.
I’m an international student. Do I have to take any language tests?
Yes, you need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have the score submitted by the application deadline. We also strongly recommend that you take and submit a score for the Test of Spoken English (TSE). Click here
for further information about this and other issues related to applying to Temple from outside the U.S.
How are admissions decisions made?
Evaluations of applications are based on a variety of factors, including the match of the applicant’s interests (described in the statement of purpose) with those of the program faculty, the letters of reference, the grade point average for courses taken in previous graduate work and the GRE and TOEFL scores.
Questions about Temple University
What is transportation like?
Temple University’s main campus is easily accessible via the subway at the Cecil B. Moore stop on the Broad Street line for those who live in or near central or west Philadelphi
There are also regional rail trains that carry commuters in from the suburbs. You can view transportation information and train routes at the web site of SEPTA
, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.
There is also an inter-campus bus that offers free transportation between the Temple Campuses. This is a convenient and reliable way for students living near other campuses to get to the main campus. More information, including schedules, is available from the web site of the Office of Facilities Management.
Is the Temple campus safe?
Yes. The Temple campus is secured by over 90 police officers, headquartered on campus. Click here
to learn more about Temple’s Campus Safety Services.
What is Philadelphia like?
Philadelphia is the 5th-largest city in the United States and, as such, has a variety of museums, restaurants, nightclubs and cultural events for residents to enjoy throughout the year. You can check out the latest offerings of things-to-do in Philadelphia by visiting www.gophila.com
, and view a list of local restaurants and menus here
How can I get health and dental insurance while I am a student?
The Student Health Fee provides all currently enrolled Temple students with basic primary health care at Student Health Services at no or low cost; click here
for details. Students with graduate assistantships recently received increased insurance options due to TUGSA’s contract negotiations. To learn more about health benefits under the TUGSA contract, click here