School of Communication & Journalism

Admissions Procedures

Program Application Form

Upcoming Application Deadline:

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, by 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)


Communication, Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations are application majors. Students are considered pre-majors until accepted into one of the four programs.
 
Meeting the criteria below means only that a student is eligible to complete an application. Admission is not guaranteed. Admission to majors in the School of Communication and Journalism is selective, limited and highly competitive.
 

Admission Criteria for students admitted to Auburn University prior to Fall 2016

Admission to one of these majors is only obtained by applying directly to the School of Communication and Journalism after completing at least one semester at Auburn University and meeting the minimum criteria:

  1. Complete the 1000-level course required for your major:

  2. 2.3 GPA in ENGL 1100, 1120, and core Social Science

  3. 30 hours of AU courses (transfer credits included)

  4. 300-word essay (as described below) for the major in which you are applying.

 

Admission Criteria for students admitted to Auburn University in Fall 2016 and after

Students must comply with these requirements to be admitted to any of the four majors in the School of Communication & Journalism:

Communication (COMM)

Students must apply for admission to the COMM major.

Before applying, students must: 

  • Have a minimum of a 2.3 GPA in ENGL 1120 and a Core Social Science course
  • Complete ENGL 1120, CMJN 2100 or 2103, and a Core Social Science course with a C or better
  • Successfully complete COMM 1000 or COMM 1003 with a B or better
  • Successfully complete 30 hours of degree-applicable course credits (including AP and proficiency credits)
  • In a 300-word essay, discuss: 1) What interests you about human communication; 2) What you would like to learn more about; and 3) What specific Communication courses would help you achieve your educational and career goals. Please be specific in your response and provide examples (i.e., list specific skills, name specific classes).
  • Students who transfer to Auburn University must apply to the COMM major and complete one semester at Auburn before applying for admission.

 

Journalism (JRNL)

Students must apply for admission to the JRNL major.

Before applying, students must: 

  • Have a minimum of a 2.3 GPA in ENGL 1120 and a Core Social Science course
  • Complete ENGL 1120, CMJN 2100 or 2103, and a Core Social Science course with a C or better
  • Successfully pass JRNL 1AA0 or JRNL 1100 with a “B” or better
  • Complete JRNL 2210 with a “C” or better
  • Successfully complete 30 hours of degree-applicable course credits (including AP and proficiency credits)
  • Write a 300-word essay, free of spelling and grammar errors, explaining how the Journalism program fits with your academic and professional goals.
  • Students who transfer to Auburn University must apply to the JRNL major and complete one semester at Auburn University before applying for admission.

 

Media Studies (MDIA or MDIV)

Students must apply for admission to the MDIA major.

Before applying, students must: 

  • Have a minimum of a 2.3 GPA in ENGL 1120 and a Core Social Science course
  • Complete ENGL 1120, CMJN 2100 or 2103, and a Core Social Science course with a C or better
  • Successfully complete COMM 1000 or COMM 1003 with a B or better
  • Successfully complete 30 hours of degree-applicable course credits (including AP and proficiency credits)
  • In a 300-word essay, choose any example of a popular film, TV show, popular song, etc., that you find interesting and explain why you find it significant. Please be specific in your response and provide examples.‚Äč
  • Students who transfer to Auburn University must apply to the MDIA major and complete one semester at Auburn before applying for admission.

Public Relations (PRCM)

Students must apply for admission to the PRCM major.

  • Have a minimum of a 2.3 GPA in ENGL 1120 and a Core Social Science course
  • Complete ENGL 1120, CMJN 2100 or 2103, and a Core Social Science course with a C or better
  • Successfully pass JRNL 1AA0 or JRNL 1100 with a “B” or better
  • Complete PRCM 2400 with a “C” or better
  • Successfully complete 30 hours of degree-applicable course credits (including AP and proficiency credits)
  • In a 300-word essay, explain how the you expect to contribute to the field of Public Relations and your specific career goals.
  • Students who transfer to Auburn University must apply to the PRCM major and complete one semester at Auburn University before applying for admission.

 

WHEN IS THE APPLICATION PERIOD EACH YEAR?

Students are admitted to the major on a space-available basis in October, December, February, May and early August. The application deadline is posted each semester in the School of Communication and Journalism and on the School's website. Space is carefully determined based on our national accreditation standards and School resources and faculty.

WILL I AUTOMATICALLY BE SELECTED AS A MAJOR IF I MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND TAKE THE REQUIRED COURSES?

Completing the required courses and meeting the other requirements listed above means that a student is eligible to submit an application for acceptance into the major. No student is guaranteed admission into one of the School's four programs. Students are strongly encouraged not to wait until their junior or senior years to apply for admission. Pre-majors should apply for admission soon after completing the criteria listed above and taking 30 hours of AU core courses. Students who are not accepted into one of the School's four programs can meet with the School adviser for other curricular options.

WHAT DO I NEED TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO THE MAJOR?

  1. Attach a PDF of your unofficial transcript. You may access your transcript via AU Access and then save the transcript as a PDF. (Note: How to save the file as a PDF depends on whether you are using a PC or Mac and your Web browser. Please search Google on how to save a Webpage as a PDF if you are unsure how to do so.) 

  2. A 300-word essay that is specific to the major to which you are applying.

  3. A resume. This is optional, but encouraged. 

IF I AM ACCEPTED INTO ONE OF THE FOUR PROGRAMS, HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO COMPLETE MY DEGREE?

All of the School's programs take a minimum of six semesters to complete. The coursework is sequential and many classes are taught only once per year. The number of available seats in skills-based and studio courses are limited to 15 to 18 students, per our national accreditation standards. On-campus or off-campus transfer students accepted into the program should anticipate that it will still take them six semesters to complete the program.

Questions about the status of an application should be director to the appropriate associate director in COMM, JRNL, MDIA or PRCM.

 

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Last Updated: November 28, 2018