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M.A. Application Guidelines

M.A. Application Guidelines (.pdf) • M.A. Application Checklist (.pdf)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Although the minimum requirement for graduate admission to the University is a 2.5 GPA, the Department will typically have higher entrance requirements and select applicants competitively. Applicants must also take and submit their scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants with limited background in the communication disciplines are strongly advised (though not required) to complete nine units of preparatory undergraduate coursework, determined in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator. Evaluation and selection of applicants are the responsibility of the Department's Graduate Studies Committee.

Application Process

Application to the MA program is a two-tiered process that involves a University application and a Department application. In addition to the application to the University (available at calstate.edu), applicants are required to submit materials directly to the Department. These items include:

1. DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION STUDIES APPLICATION CHECKLIST

Submit the attached Graduate Application Checklist.

2. TRANSCRIPT(S)

You must submit two sets of transcripts with your application. First, submit official transcripts (certified and unopened transcripts that are sent directly from the records department of the schools you attended) from all junior colleges and/or four-year institutions with your University application. Official transcripts must be mailed directly to the CSUN Office of Admissions and Records.

Second, submit a copy of your transcripts (an unofficial copy is sufficient) to the Department with your application.  Please do not send official transcripts to the Department or send unofficial transcripts to Admissions and Records. Also note that failure to submit official transcripts to CSUN Admissions and Records may result in a delayed decision on your application.

3. A COPY OF YOUR GRE SCORES

The GRE is required. Please have the testing center report your GRE scores directly to the university. The ETS code for CSUN is 4707. You should also include a photocopy or printout of your scores with your application to the Department. Please note that you must score above the 50th percentile on at least one test in the GRE in order to continue in our graduate program. If you do not score above this minimum, please arrange to retake the test as soon as possible.

4. STATEMENT(S) OF PURPOSE

A detailed statement of purpose (approximately 2 to 3 double-spaced pages) identifying the academic, professional, intellectual, and/or career goals that would be served by your enrollment in the program should be submitted with your Department application.

Please note that applicants to our TA position must include an additional statement of teaching interest (approximately 250 words, or one page) that explains your vision for teaching and why you feel you will be an effective teacher.

5. A COPY OF YOUR APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO CSUN

Include a printout (or PDF) of your University application with your Department application materials. Instructions for printing a copy of your University application can be found at https://www2.calstate.edu/apply. The original application form should be submitted electronically to the CSUN Office of Admissions and Records.

6. TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Submit two letters of recommendation that address your academic skills and promise as a graduate student. Your recommenders should send the letters directly to the Department. There is no letter of recommendation form. If you are applying for a Teaching Associateship, please ask your recommenders to also address your potential for success as an instructor of our basic public  speaking course.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Our deadline has been extended - we are currently accepting applications for Fall 2019 admission to the graduate program as well as for positions as a teaching associate. All application materials should arrive no later than May 1st, 2019 for fall admission. Review of applications will begin on May 1st and applicants will be notified as soon as possible. Applicants who were accepted in the first round of applications must indicate their acceptance by April 19th or they may forfeit their spot in the program

Please submit all applications to the Graduate Coordinator (address below). If you submit by electronic mail, please attach only PDF files.

John M. Kephart III, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator
Department of Communication Studies
California State University, Northridge
Manzanita Hall, Room 220
Northridge, California 91330-8257

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