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Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

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Visit the WSU Graduate School website to apply to the Murrow College of Communication residential master’s program.

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Master’s Degree: Application Process

The application for admission is completed through the Washington State University Graduate School. All required test scores, forms, and transcripts must be submitted directly to the Graduate School. Supplemental materials indicated below should be sent to the Murrow College of Communication (address below).

Students are admitted to the MA program for the Fall semester only. The program does not admit for Spring semester. The priority deadline for applications to the Murrow College of Communication Graduate Program is November 1 for admission the following fall.


Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Communication or related field. If your degree(s) is not in a related field, additional undergraduate coursework may be required. (Note: Prospective international students must have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an approved institution.)Official transcripts from each institution you have previously attended must be sent to the Graduate School. Current WSU students do not need to forward transcripts from WSU.


A minimum 3.25 GPA in the last two years of undergraduate coursework.


Competitive Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing GRE scores obtained within the last three years of the date of application. As a point of reference, the average GRE scores of successful MA program applications in the past year were: verbal 155, quantitative 153, and analytical writing 3.8. WSU GRE code is 4705. (Note: Please allow six weeks from the date that your test was taken for the scores to arrive at WSU.)


For international students, a minimum *TOEFL score of:

  • Paper-based minimum score: 600
  • Computer-based minimum score: 250
  • Internet-based minimum score: 93

* waived if applicant has received a U.S. degree within the last two years


A resume or curriculum vitae


Submission of three letters of recommendation. The letters may be submitted by anyone, but we are primarily interested in references that can comment on your academic ability. Please have these individuals send both a letter and the WSU reference form accessed through the WSU Application web page.

Personal Statement

A 500-word statement of purpose explaining your reasons for pursuing a masters degree, your area(s) of interest, and why the Murrow College graduate program is particularly well-suited to your scholarly goals and objectives.


Submit any additional material you feel might enhance your application. Writing samples are particularly encouraged. Send supplemental materials directly to the Murrow College of Communication.

Graduate School
Washington State University
French Administration Building
PO Box 641030
Pullman, WA 99164-1030
The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
Washington State University
226 Murrow Hall East
PO Box 642520
Pullman, WA 99164-2520


Students are admitted to the M. A. program for the fall semester. Completed applications must be submitted to the Graduate School by January 10 for fall admission. The priority deadline is November 1.


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MA Communication:

  • Media, Society & Politics
  • Media & Health Promotion
  • Science Communication

PhD Communication:

  • Media, Society & Politics
  • Media & Health Promotion
  • Science Communication

Online MA & Graduate Certificates: