Application Information

The School of Media & Communication takes applications for all of the graduate programs throughout the year. All PhD and MA applicants who would like to apply for funding (scholarships and assistantships) should submit their applications before January 15 prior to the fall semester they seek to begin their program.

Requirements for Applicants:

Graduate Application Process

Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

 

Graduate Certificates Requirements:                 

For students who are already enrolled in a graduate program at BGSU:
Current graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

For stand-alone certificate applicants:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 3.0 grade-point average (GPA)
  • English requirement set by the Graduate College of BGSU (International students only)*

*Students who earned a Bachelor’s degree in a university where the medium of instruction is English are waivered from the English requirement.

**No GRE scores are required to obtain admission to the Graduate Certificate programs.

MA Program Requirements:                 

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 3.0 grade-point average (GPA)
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores that indicate potential for success in the program*
  • English requirements set by the Graduate College of BGSU (International students only)**
  • A statement of purpose that explains the applicant's research interests, and how it is situated within one of the MA specializations or areas of emphasis in the School. The statement of purpose should also explain the applicant's goals for their MA program; namely, do they seek to use the MA to pursue further education (e.g., a PhD), or do they seek to use it for professional development.

Ph.D. Program Requirements:

  • Master degree (MA, MS, MFA) from an accredited master’s program
  • Minimum 3.2 grade-point average (GPA)
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores that indicate potential for success in the program*
  • English requirements set by the Graduate College of BGSU (International students only)
  • A statement of purpose that explains the applicant's research interests, and situates those interests  within one of the School's three areas of emphasis. The statement of purpose should also explain how their research interests intersect with those of specific graduate faculty in the School.

*The graduate faculty in the BGSU School of Media & Communication takes a holistic approach in reviewing application materials and considers the test scores as part of the total package.

Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program Requirements:

  • By the start of Pre-Master's status, either:
    • 75 credit hours earned and an overall BGSU GPA of at least 3.2, OR
    • 90 credit hours earned and an overall BGSU GPA of at least 3.0. 
  • A completed Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program Application; Official transcripts from all universities attended (BGSU paper transcripts are not needed. Records can be viewed online):
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a full-time BGSU faculty member, preferably from graduate faculty within the student's major or targeted graduate program.