The master of communication and media (M.C.M.)
program welcomes applications from recent undergraduates and accomplished
professionals who demonstrate excellence in:
- Analytical Skills
- Critical Thinking
- Intellectual Curiosity
- Interpersonal Skills
- Record of Academic
- Writing and Presentation
- Work Experience (not required
of recent graduates of undergraduate programs)
Applicants with a variety of educational and
employment backgrounds (e.g., communication, information science, media studies,
human resource management, health communication, management, psychology,
leadership, or other social sciences) are encouraged to apply. In making
admission decisions, the faculty consider the entire application and do not use
any single criterion (e.g., grade-point average [GPA] or GRE score) as an absolute cut-off. The
application materials listed below are used to assess an applicant's likely fit
and potential success in the program.
- An application for
admission. Complete the entire application through
the Graduate Admissions website. To apply to the on-campus M.C.M. program in New Brunswick,
select "Communication and Information Studies - 17194." To apply
to the B.A./M.C.M. dual-degree program, select "Communication and
Information Studies-B.A. and M.C.I.S. Dual Degree - 171943."
- Official transcripts
of previous academic work. As a general guideline students are
expected to have an undergraduate and/or graduate academic record of at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average. The admissions committee is especially
interested in grades achieved in coursework that is related to the M.C.M.,
which represents the applicant's likely success in our program. International students are required
to have their transcripts evaluated by WES or a National Association of Credential
Evaluation Services (NACES) member; further information is below in
- Official GRE scores.
Applicants will ideally have a combined score of at least in the mid-150s
for verbal and mid-140s for quantitative. The verbal score and the writing
score, ideally at or above 4.0, are of special value. Waivers for the GRE can be granted (1) where the
applicant has significant, related full-time work experience (five or more years)
that includes extensive writing, or (2) has a graduate degree in a field
of social science or arts and sciences or other field that demands strong
analytic skills and excellent writing, or (3) has a cumulative
undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5.
Applicants who would like to apply for a waiver of the GRE may do so by
emailing Richard Dool,
M.C.M. program director, with the following information: the request for a waiver, a résumé and a
personal statement, and state whether an advanced degree in an allied
major has already been achieved.
Applications are not reviewed until GRE scores have been officially
received by the Graduate Admissions office unless a waiver has been
granted. Use institution code 2790 to send GRE scores to Rutgers. Rutgers
does not use ETS department codes. In general, GRE scores are considered
valid for five years. Please note that once you have taken one of its
standardized tests, ETS requires several weeks to grade your results.
Learn more about the GRE and how to sign up for it at www.ets.org.
- Two letters of
recommendation. These letters should focus on the applicant's
academic capacity (e.g., problem solving, thinking, analytical, and
reflective skills) to undertake a rigorous program of graduate study.
Letters are expected from an applicant's professors or from senior members
of professional and/or corporate organizations who are able to comment
substantially on the applicant's academic capabilities rather than on
workplace efficiency and character traits. The recommender's relationship
to the applicant must be established in the letter of recommendation.
Personal friends, clergy, and family members are not usually appropriate
recommenders for this graduate study. Applicants will be asked to supply
the names and email addresses for their recommenders as part of the online
If a change of recommender is desired once an application has been submitted,
the change cannot be made through the online application. In this case,
students should print and complete the top of the Recommender form for
each recommender. The form may also be
used if a recommender prefers to submit a traditional letter rather than an
online recommendation. Students should
provide recommenders who are using the printed form with an envelope addressed
to Rutgers and have them mail the recommendation in. The address is Office of Graduate and
Professional Admissions, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 56
College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8541 U.S.A.
- Personal Statement.
A personal statement of 300-500 words is required. The statement should describe the
applicant's professional and academic background and career objectives. Applicants
should explain why attending the M.C.M. program at Rutgers is desired,
aspects of the program that are attractive, and specific areas a student
would like to study within the program.
- Résumé or CV:
Applicants should include a résumé describing employment history, academic
honors, scholastic recognition, publications, leadership roles, and/or
other academic, professional, and community activities.
- A $70 nonrefundable
Students: Four additional items are required for international applicants:
(1) TOEFL (or IELTS) scores; (2) evidence of adequate financial resources;
(3) proper visa status; and (4) a transcript evaluation by any member of
NACES, such as WES. Further information is offered below on NACES and WES.
Passing score required
Rutgers Institutional Code
TOEFL-Test of English as a Foreign Language
The minimum required score for admission is 80 for the iBT
test or 600 for the PBT test. Please note scores must be recent (within the
past three years).
IELTS - International English Language Testing System
The minimum required score for admission is 7.0. Please
note scores must be recent (within the past three years).
See IELTS website for instructions.
TOEFL scores are required for
all international applicants in addition to GRE scores. The following minimum
subscore distribution is recommended: writing 24; speaking 24; reading 24; listening 22. Overall, the paper-based test (PBT) 600; internet-based test
IETLS - overall band score of
7.0 or higher is recommended.
Waivers for TOEFL or IETLS
are granted to international students who: (1) earned a bachelor's degree from
an accredited U.S. college or university; or (2) have taken an accredited
English as a Second Language program or course; or (3) are coming from an
English-speaking country with a minimum of three years undergraduate education
where the mode of instruction was English. The waiver will not be applied to an
application until official transcripts or certificates are received. Once M.C.M.
has confirmed that a degree was earned, the TOEFL or IETLS is waived.
Applicants of questionable English
proficiency will be required to take a written or oral test when entering the
program and, if necessary, to take coursework in the English as a Second
Language Program before commencing M.C.M. studies. Use institution
code 2790 to send TOEFL
scores to Rutgers. Rutgers does not use ETS department codes. In general, TOEFL/IELTS scores are
good for three years. Please note that once one of its standardized tests has
been taken, ETS requires several weeks to grade results.
Nonimmigrant students must present evidence
of adequate financial resources. The university may deny admission to
nonimmigrant students for lack of English proficiency, for lack of financial
support, or because of improper visa status.
International students must have their transcripts
evaluated. The M.C.M. program will accept transcript evaluations from any member
of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), such as WES
(World Education Services). A full list
of eligible evaluators may be found at the NACES website. Students must submit the NACES Official
Evaluation to Rutgers along with the required transcripts.
For More Information
For further information, contact the M.C.M.
program adviser at 848-932-7550, option 2, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m., or send an email inquiry to the program director,
(email@example.com), or the Office of Student