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Graduate Admission Requirements

M.A. Programs

Applicants for the Master of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Corporate Communication, Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC), Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication, or Communication Studies, or one of our dual degree programs, must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. The undergraduate degree does not have to be in a communication-related field, but applicants are required to demonstrate a basic understanding and awareness of communication. If, in the judgment of the Admission Committee, you do not fulfill this prerequisite you may be asked to complete additional undergraduate work before beginning graduate studies.

Application to Dual Degree Programs

Applicants for one of the four dual degree programs must submit TWO separate applications: one to the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies and one to the second degree program area.

Additional Application Criteria

  • An undergraduate Q.P.A. of 3.0/4.0 (official transcript required).
  • Successful performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Select institution code 2196 (Duquesne University), program code 4599 (Communication).
  • A writing sample prepared within a collegiate or business setting.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate academic and professional performance.
  • A statement of the applicant’s professional and career goals (not more than 500 words). This statement should identify the precise M.A. program to which the student is applying: M.A. in Communication (including the emphasis that the student is selecting); Online M.A. in Corporate Communication; or M.A. in Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication.

Application Deadlines

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate Office via Interfolio no later than August 1 (for Fall admission) or November 1 (for Spring admission). The graduate assistantship deadline is January 15.

Submission Process

Applications are to be submitted online. There is no application fee for online submissions.

When selecting an M.A. program on the online application, please use the following guideline:

M.A. in Communication:
Select "Communication - MA"

Online M.A. in Corporate Communication:
Select "Corporate Communication - MA"

M.A. in Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication:
Select "Rhetoric & Philosophy of Communication - MA"

Ph.D. in Rhetoric

In addition to the online application form, a completed application file will include:

  1. Completion of a valid master's degree from an accredited institution, or its professional (J.D., M.D., etc.) equivalent
  2. Demonstration of undergraduate and graduate study sufficient and appropriate to undertake doctoral study in the field of rhetoric and philosophy of communication
  3. Submission of official transcripts, recording all baccalaureate and graduate work, and substantiating receipt of degrees
  4. Submission of Graduate Record Examination scores; Verbal and Analytical scores are of greater concern than Quantitative scores
  5. Submission of three letters of recommendation, at least two of which should be from academic sources
  6. Completion of a statement describing why the Ph.D. Program in Rhetoric at Duquesne University is appropriate for your educational development as a teacher/scholar (not more than 500 words)
  7. Submission of a representative writing sample produced for an audience (a course paper or a published article)
  8. An official score report indicating satisfactory performance on TOEFL, when appropriate

To be considered for financial assistance in the form of graduate assistantships, the deadline for completed applications is January 15th for fall admission. Application materials must be submitted to the Graduate Office via Interfolio no later than August 1 for Fall admission and November 1 for Spring admission.