Graduate Program Requirements

Departmental Requirements

The M. A. degree is awarded to candidates who complete:

  • A minimum of 33 semester hours of work, including 27 semester hours of faculty-approved course work with an average grade of B (3.0) or above on all courses attempted
  • Meet the research method/foreign language requirement.
  • Write an acceptable thesis or pass comprehensive exams (see handbook for details)
  • The program requires a core of courses in general theory and research methodology.
  • The university’s minimum residence requirement is one academic year or three summer sessions.

Admission to the Program

Undergraduates in their senior year and graduates of accredited colleges or universities may apply for admission to the program. Undergraduates must complete their degree requirements prior to entering the program.

  • All applicants are required to submit scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) administered by the Educational Testing Service.
  • Applicants from non-English speaking countries must have a minimum total score of 86 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language administered by the TOEFL Program of the Educational Testing Service.
  • Generally, an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Admission decisions, however, are based on a holistic review of all credentials presented on behalf of the student, including previous academic performance, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and a statement of purpose. Ideally, we admit students who have solid credentials in all of these areas. A deficiency in one area, however, does not preclude a positive review of the student’s application.

Admission Process

Students applying for full-time admission generally submit their application package by January 15 for fall matriculation in the same year. Later applications are welcomed until the class is finalized. A departmental Graduate Committee reviews applications, make decisions on admissions, and advance recommendations for financial awards to the Dean of the Graduate School. The Graduate School will notify students of the status of their application, and any accompanying financial award, during the spring of that year.

Financial Assistance

Tuition scholarships, fellowships, teaching assistantships, debate coaching assistantships, and research assistantships are available to qualified students. Assistantships and fellowships include full tuition scholarships as part of the award. Acceptance of a fellowship, teaching assistantship, debate coaching assistantship, or research assistantship carries with it the obligation to perform duties assigned by the department. Assistants work from 12 to 15 hours per week and carry a normal load of courses. Unsatisfactory performance or failure to complete these assigned duties may result in the withdrawal of all financial aid.

All financial awards are typically for one academic year, but may be renewed by the department for a maximum of two years. Continued financial assistance is dependent upon the student’s making satisfactory progress toward the degree and satisfactory fulfillment of duties associated with the award. Evaluations of student performance will occur at the end of each semester in order that students will be informed about their standing.

For More Information About the Program Contact:

Ron Von Burg
Department of Communication
Wake Forest University
Box 7347 Reynolda Station
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
(336) 758-5405


To communicate with the Graduate School – Contact:

Brad Jones, Ph.D. — Dean of the Graduate School
Graduate School
Wake Forest University
Box 7487 Reynolda Station
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
(800) 257-3166

All application materials are on-line Wake Forest University Graduate School


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