Graduate Admissions

Join us as a graduate student

Whether you’re seeking advanced training to further a current media career or you plan to pursue an academic path, we have a graduate program for you.

Programs

We offer two master’s degree programs and one doctoral program.

The M.S. in media offers four practical concentrations in professional areas: design and production, journalism, media management and public relations.

The M.A. in media arts and sciences is a starting point for further study at the doctoral level or a career in research or teaching.

The Ph.D. in media arts and sciences prepares students for a career in research or academia.

Application deadlines and fees

Admission to graduate programs at The Media School is very selective. For best consideration, apply as early as possible.

International students must apply by Dec. 1. U.S. students must apply by Jan. 6.

The application fee is $70.

Applications are not processed until the fee is paid.

Admissions requirements for graduate programs

Admissions requirements vary with each program. Refer to the information for your anticipated program on this page.

  • Bachelor’s degree or international equivalent
  • At least a B (3.0) average in the major over the last two years of an undergraduate program, or professional equivalency
  • GRE scores from the last five years
  • Statement of purpose: Tell us about your career direction and goals
  • Three letters of recommendation: Requests for references should be sent through the online application
  • An academic writing sample or creative portfolio
  • Paper TOEFL score greater than 600, computer-based TOEFL score greater than 250 or internet-based TOEFL score greater than 100 for international students
  • Applications from students who have not majored in media or communication areas at the bachelor’s level are welcomed. If admitted, these students may be required to take supplementary courses.

  • Bachelor’s degree or international equivalent
  • At least a B (3.0) average in the major over the last two years of an undergraduate program, or professional equivalency
  • GRE scores from within the past five years
  • Statement of purpose: Tell us about your academic and career direction and goals
  • Three letters of recommendation: Requests for references should be sent through the online application
  • Paper TOEFL score greater than 600, computer-based TOEFL score greater than 250 or internet-based TOEFL score greater than 100 for international students
  • An academic writing sample
  • A curriculum vitae

  • Master’s or comparable degree from a recognized institution with a minimum 3.5 GPA (or equivalent)
  • GRE scores from with the past five years
  • Statement of purpose: Tell us about your academic and career direction and goals
  • Three letters of recommendation: At least one letter should come from a professor in your area of study. Requests for references should be sent through the online application.
  • Paper TOEFL score greater than 600, computer-based TOEFL score greater than 250 or internet-based TOEFL score greater than 100 for international students
  • A writing sample
  • A curriculum vitae

The Media School code for both the GRE and TOEFL is 1324.

How to send your transcripts

In order for your application to be considered complete, you must ensure we get official transcripts from all previous higher education institutions. There are three acceptable options for sending them:

  • The college or university may mail us a hard copy of the official transcript directly.
  • The college or university may securely email us an official electronic transcript.
  • You may place a hard copy transcript sealed by the college or university in a larger envelope and mail it to us. If it is not obvious that the transcript was sealed by the institution, we will not accept it as official.

Ready to apply?

Whether you’re a U.S. citizen or international student, the first step toward joining us as a graduate student at The Media School is to complete the online application form.

For further information, please email our graduate studies office at mschgrad@indiana.edu or call 812-855-0570.

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