Graduate Admissions


Admissions decisions are based in part on professional preparation and experience, honors, and awards. Prior grounding in communication practices is preferred, but outstanding applicants without communication-related experience will be considered.

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Statement of goals
  • Official undergraduate transcripts (and graduate transcripts when there has been work toward another degree)
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • A record of professional experience such as a resume or c.v.
  • Writing or research samples (optional).

You can apply using this online form.

SMCPlus Certificate Program in Strategic Communication and Cross Cultural Leadership:

Students who have completed the SMCPlus Certificate in Strategic Communication and Cross Cultural Leadership are except from the GRE requirement when applying to the M.S. in Communication Management. The certificate courses can count only as electives for the M.S. program.

SMCPlus (admissions, courses and tuition):


Students may take a total of 9 credits as a non-matriculated student. These may be ONLY core courses in the M.S. program.

Credit Transfer:

Up to 7 s.h. of graduate coursework and up to 12 s.h. from the SMCPlus Certificate in Strategic Communication and Cross Cultural Leadership may be transferred into the Master’s Program subject to the approval of the Graduate Director. To request the transfer of credits, a student must submit a Petition for Transfer Credit Form ( For a transfer of certificate credits, a student must submit a Request to Exceed 9 Credits of Graduate Coursework for Certificate Program Form ( to the SMC Graduate Office during the first semester of matriculation, so that a student’s future curriculum can be properly planned. The Department of Strategic Communication will accept a total of 15 s.h. toward the 36 s.h. required for the M.S. in Communication Management.

Although specific course equivalency may be requested, credits may be transferred as “general” electives. Transfer credits cannot be applied to Core courses. When specific course equivalency is awarded, the M.S. in Communication Management version of the course may not be taken for credit.


Students may be admitted for either Fall or Spring semesters. Applicants should have their completed credentials on file by February 15 for the Fall semester and November 1 for the Spring semester.


SMC Graduate Office
Annenberg Hall 344
Temple University
2020 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone: (215) 204-8560

  • Caitlin Gamble, Assistant Director of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies: and 215-204-8560
  • Dr. Guillermo Caliendo, Program Director: