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Professional Communication Studies

We are pleased with your interest in our graduate program. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, we wish to ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to graduate degree study in Professional Communication Studies. We only review completed applications demonstrating that you have these minimum requirements. Please keep in mind that we do not accept all applications that we review.

We recommend that all applicants wishing to earn a graduate degree in Professional Communication Studies apply for a Master of Arts in Professional Communication. In some specialized circumstances, we offer a Master of Science in Professional Communication with prior approval from the graduate program director. You also can apply as a non-degree-seeking post-baccalaureate, although you are not accepted into the degree program, and there is no guarantee that you will be accepted into the degree program later. Should you require entry into the program other than as a candidate for Master of Arts, please contact the graduate program staff first. Otherwise, there is no guarantee that you will be accepted into the degree-seeking program.

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application or mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying, as directed below. Click the links below for details. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the requirements sections of this page:

Application Deadlines:  Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below:

If you are a degree-seeking student, we will process applications received before April 15th for fall admission and applications received before November 15th for spring admission. While we accept applications throughout the year, we only will process applications for non-degree-seeking post-baccalaureate students after these dates. If you are a non-degree-seeking student, we will process applications received before August 15th for fall admission, and applications received before January 1st for spring admission.


Fall Spring Summer

Seeking Graduate Teaching Assistantships

February 15
U.S. Citizen April 15 November 15 No Entry
International April 1 September 15 No Entry
Non-Degree Seeking August 15 January 1 No Entry


Contact Information Send Supporting Documents To:
(In order to expedite the processing of your application, we ask that you submit all supporting documents in one large envelope.)
Web Sites of Interest
Name: Dr. Michelle Kearl
Phone: (260) 481-0275

Office of Graduate Studies
PFW, Kettler Hall, Room 140
2101 East Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 
       3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): 
      Recommended, especially for students wishing to continue in a Ph.D. program
  • A four-year or equivalent undergraduate degree earned from an institution recognized by the Bologna Process.

International Applicant Requirements: 

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required if Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average Is Below 3.0
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers: 
       Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
       Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77 
       With the following minimum section requirements:
        Reading: 19
        Listening: 14
        Speaking: 18
        Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
        An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
        An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers: 
    Not required, but recommended
  • ELS - Certificate Level 112

If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please do not submit an electronic application until you have contacted our graduate program staff.

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