School of Media and Communication
Information for Prospective Students
Admission to the Graduate Programs:
The School of Media & Communication is currently accepting applications. The Graduate Program Committee (GPC) will engage in a rolling admission of applications until May 1. By rolling admission, the GPC will evaluate applications; make admissions and funding decisions as applications are received. For this reason, prospective students are urged to submit their applications as soon as possible if they are seeking funding via assistantship. Students who miss the May 1 deadline, but would like to be admitted in the Spring semester must apply to the Graduate College so that they can take SMC courses as non-degree seeking students. Non-degree seeking students who are then admitted to the graduate program may then petition the Graduate Program Committee to count up to nine hours of graduate courses taken on non-degree status toward the degree. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to contact the Graduate Coordinator with questions on our program or to see if this program meets your academic needs.
- Application to the PhD Program: To be eligible for regular admission, a doctoral applicant must be a graduate of an accredited master's program with a 3.2 GPA. GRE scores must indicate potential for success in the program. International students must also submit TOEFL scores, with a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based). TOEFL scores are not required of applicants whose first language is English, applicants who have been a U.S. citizen, refugee, or permanent resident for at least five years, and applicants who hold a four-year bachelor's or a master's degree from a U.S. institution. In addition, the faculty pay special attention to evidence that indicates that candidates can meet the challenge of a rigorous research degree program.
- Application to the MA Program: To be eligible for regular admission, a Master’s applicant must be a graduate of an accredited undergraduate college with a 3.0 GPA. GRE scores must indicate potential for success in the program. International students must also submit TOEFL scores, with a score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based). TOEFL scores are not required of applicants whose first language is English, applicants who have been a U.S. citizen, refugee, or permanent resident for at least five years, and applicants who hold a four-year bachelor's or a master's degree from a U.S. institution.
Admission process for US citizens:
All applicants need to complete the Graduate College application for admission form found on the Graduate College website ( http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/gradcol/page24959.html ). Those students must then mail their GRE scores, two sets of official transcripts issued directly from the institution to BGSU, and application fee (can be deferred until notification of admission) to the following address:
The Graduate College 120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH 43403-0083 Phone: 419.372.2791 FAX: 419.372.8569
All applicants must also submit the Application for Admission/Funding Form*, three letters of recommendation (on official letterhead), a personal letter of application (essay), and any supplemental materials (e.g., publication or convention papers) to the following address:
School of Media & Communication
302 West Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0233
Admission process for international applicants:
International applicants need to follow the same process described above. In addition, international applicants must also submit three letters of academic recommendation (on official letterhead), GRE scores, TOEFL scores, two sets of official transcripts issued directly from the institution to BGSU, and application fee (may be deferred until notification of admission acceptance) to the following address:
Center for International Programs
219 University Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0233
United States of America
Phone: 001.419.372.2247 FAX: 001.419.372.2429
As stated above, funding opportunities are best when applications are completed and submitted by the January 15th deadline for admission and funding. No student is eligible for an assistantship without regular admission, but students may be admitted without funding. Only full time students can apply for assistantships. Full time students are those who take at least 9 credit hours of course work a semester. The number of assistantship awards available and the amount of the program's assistantship budget vary from year to year. In order to apply for an assistantship, mark “Admission & Graduate Assistantship” as the type of admission sought on the Application for Admission/Funding Form that is sent in your application materials to the Graduate Coordinator.
*Note: Acrobat Reader Users - Reader will not always allow you to save completed forms. However, if you go to the print dialog, and select "Adobe PDF" (if available) it will print it as a PDF file with the information you typed in. Alternatively, you can print the form and submit it to the office in 302 West Hall.