School of Communication & Journalism

Admission Information


The Application Process

Applying to the graduate program in Communication is an online process through the Auburn University Graduate School.  You may get information about The Graduate School by:

Start by clicking on “Apply Online” from The Graduate School website or go directly to the online process by clicking here.  You will need the follow items to complete your application:

  • GRE SCORES: You will need to have your GRE scores sent to the Graduate School. You can do this when you register to take the GRE by designating Auburn as a destination for your scores or have them sent to you after you take the GRE through their website: . The Auburn University code for the GRE is 1005.
    • NOTE: The School of Communication and Journalism does not admit graduate students who have not taken the GRE. An application will not be considered complete if it does not include official GRE scores.
    • Minimum GRE scores to be considered for admittance to the Communication graduate program: Verbal = 140; Quantitative = 140; Writing = 3.0.
    • Click here for average GRE scores and GPA of previously accepted students.
  • TRANSCRIPTS: You will need to have the official transcripts of your undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) work sent to the Graduate School.  Official e-transcripts can be sent to (for domestic e-transcripts only).  Official hardcopies should be sent to:

    The Graduate School
    106 Hargis Hall
    Auburn University
    Auburn AL, 36849-5122

    • NOTE: the Graduate School does not accept unofficial scans of transcripts.

  • TOEFL SCORES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: International applicants must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores and financial information.
    • NOTE: The School does not consider international applicants with TOEFL scores below 90. The average TOEFL score for international students accepted to the program between 2013-2014 was 96.
  • LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: You will be asked to give the names and email addresses of your recommenders. They will be prompted to fill out a recommendation form and upload their letter. Click here for advice on considering people to write letters of recommendation.
  • ADDITIONAL MATERIAL FOR THE SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION AND JOURNALISM – You will need to upload some additional documents to complete your application for the graduate program in Communication:
    • A statement of purpose. Click here for tips on writing a statement of purpose.
    • Your resume
    • A sample of your writing. We give some advice on appropriate writing samples in the FAQ section of our website
    • If you intend to apply for a Graduate Teaching assistantship, you will need to upload your assistantship application. Click here for the assistantship application.
    • If you are having trouble uploading these additional documents, feel free to email them to the Graduate Program Officer, Mike Milford at . If you wish to send hardcopies, please send them to:

      School of Communication and Journalism
      217 Tichenor Hall
      Auburn, AL 36849

Meeting the criteria above does not guarantee admittance.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that her/his application is complete. Feel free to contact the GPO if you want to check on the status of your application packet.

NOTE: 1) Applicants have six months to complete their applications.  Incomplete applications will be rejected at that time.  2) Applicants who are accepted to the program, but do not indicate they will be attending (notification is sent via ApplyYourself)  AND students who do not begin the program at the indicated starting semester will be removed from the program (i.e., acceptance will be rescinded) at six months following the original notification of acceptance to the program.  If there are extenuating  circumstances, the applicant may contact the GPO to possibly negotiate a new starting semester (no guarantee is implied).  It is the applicant’s responsibility to notify the GPO for an extension.

For more information

Mike Milford

Mike Milford
Graduate Program Officer
229 Tichenor Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
(334) 844-8735

Last Updated: May 31, 2018