M&C admits a small number (approximately 10) students each fall. A master’s degree is required for admission to M&C (although it need not be a degree in communication). Students without a master’s degree may wish to apply to one of the master’s programs in Temple’s School of Media and Communication (more information about them is available here).

The decision to admit an applicant is based on several criteria, including:

  • The applicant’s previous degree preparations and grade point averages
  • Performance on the Graduate Record Examinations (GREs)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Honors and scholarly achievements
  • Very importantly, the convergence of the applicant’s abilities and research interests with those of available faculty mentors

The goal statement is very important in determining the fit between the prospective student and M&C faculty.

Although not required, it is strongly recommended that applicants submit a sample of their scholarly research.

The deadline for submission of complete applications for students wishing to begin the M&C program in fall 2016 is December 15, 2015.

For more information about the application process at Temple University, click here. For an online application form, please click here.

In addition to the University application, a complete application includes:

  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended
  • Official reports of the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)
  • Official reports of an English proficiency exam score (if required)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Submission of writing or research samples is optional, though encouraged

Submitting Admissions Materials

The statement, resume, and writing sample may be e-mailed to Recommendation letters may be e-mailed directly from the recommender provided they are signed and on letterhead. Standardized test scores should be sent electronically to Temple University (institution code 2906). All other material may be mailed to:

Office of Research and Graduate Studies
344 Annenberg Hall
2020 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

NOTE: We know that this process – researching different graduate programs, making decisions about where to apply, waiting for decisions from programs and selecting the program to attend – can be difficult and stressful. If you have questions or concerns about any aspect of the process related to M&C, please contact one or more of these people:

For issues related to the program: The Director, Professor Matthew Lombard, at

For issues related to application procedures: The Director of the Graduate Office in the School of Media and Communication, Nicole McKenna, at

For a student’s perspective: M&C student Elizaveta Provorova, at (or any student)

International Applicants

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants whose native language is not English; a score of at least 95 is preferred. All M&C students are expected to be able to read, write, comprehend and participate in graduate-level class discussions in fluent English.