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for your interest in the Graduate Program in Communication. Listed
below are the materials that are required for a complete application.
If you decide to apply for our M.A. or Ph.D. programs, please make
sure that you complete all of the requisite materials and have them
in the appropriate office by the deadlines.
for admission must be received by the following deadline:
January 15 for Fall admission (Ph.D. and M.A. programs)
Procedures and Materials
is a two-step process:
1. Apply to UNM’s graduate programs via the university’s
online process at http://www.unm.edu/apply/.
citizens and international students submit
an online application to University of New Mexico’s Office of
Graduate Studies (OGS) at this site.
Students will find detailed information at this link.
Send the following additional materials to the Department of Communication
A. One official transcript from all previous universities (please be advised a second official transcript must be sent to UNM Admissions),
test scores (have testing center send C&J official scores and
include unofficial copies in application packet)
Statement of Purpose/Letter of Intent
for Teaching or Research Assistantship (if applicable)
or Academic Vita
Letters of Recommendation:
Address for #2:
Department of Communication and Journalism
Attn: Graduate Administrator
The University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Once you have sent your materials, please let us know that
you have applied by sending our office a postcard or notifying Ph.D adviser
Dr. Ilia Rodríguez or
M.A. adviser Dr. Richard Schaefer.
If you are an international student, please send us your date of birth
as well. This notification will help us keep track of your application.
We will notify you once we have received your application and let you
know if any materials are missing.
Please note that the respective admissions offices at UNM require a minimum
of two weeks to process your application materials. If you do not have
your application to the admissions office at least two weeks before the
stated deadline, then your file will probably not arrive at the Communication
& Journalism Department in time for review by the Graduate Committee.
Materials received after the deadline will not be considered for admission
(materials must be received by the deadline, not just postmarked.)
If you have a GRE score that you suspect will be late, contact our office
and let us know your scores informally. This will allow us to process
your application while we wait for the official scores. Please note that
the Office of International Admissions will not process applications that
have a late arriving TOEFL score, so please be sure to have that score
to their office by the deadline. The TOEFL must be sent by ETS.
The Committee meets within two weeks after the deadline date to review
applications. To ensure that you receive the fullest consideration by
our Graduate Committee, please have all materials in the admissions offices
as early as possible.
All application materials
submitted remain the property of the University of New Mexico and will
not be returned. The University and the Department require a 3.0 GPA for
admission to graduate study. The evaluation of your application will be
based on a composite assessment of the materials listed below.
for Admission and Registration Information Form. For a copy
of these forms, go to OGS
Forms. For International students,click on the "Start International
Application" button. Our major code is 284 (#17) and our graduate
unit is communication (#16).
2. GRE General
Test scores (and TOEFL/The Michigan Test for international
students). For a site that carries several practice tests, including the
GRE, click here.
official transcript from each institution that you have attended
must be sent to the Deparment of Communication and Journalism. A second official copy must be sent to UNM Admissions. Specifically, an official transcript
must have a seal, stamp, or signature from a designated official. International
students must send one official transcript in the original language
and one official transcript in English.
The Communication & Journalism Graduate Committee requires a combined
Verbal and Quantitative score that equals at least 300. The GRE is available
as a computer-based exam. Information on computerized tests and test
dates for the GRE are available at your nearest University Testing
Center (advanced registration is required) or you may call (609) 771-7670,
Educational Testing Services in Princeton, New Jersey or reach their
website here. The UNM Testing Center's
phone number is (505) 277-5345. When filling out your registration,
you will be asked to write in codes for institutions to which you
want your scores sent. Our department codes are as follows: Institution
- 4845; Department - 4506 or 4599.
TOEFL or The Michigan Test (for International Applicants only)
International applicants must have, in addition to the GRE scores,
certified results of the TOEFL or The Michigan Test sent to the Office
of International Admissions. These scores will then be forwarded to
the Department. Although the UNM Office of International Admissions
considers a score of 560 on the paper-based TOEFL as a qualification
to process an application for admission, our department requires
a score of at least 600.
If you are taking the computer-based TOEFL, the required score is 250.
On the Michigan Test, your score needs to be at the 80th
percentile or above. All scores must arrive at the Office of International
Admissions before the deadline in order for your file to be reviewed.
For a TOEFL link, go to the international admissions link here.
4. Official Diplomas or Degree Certificates (if you are an International
Student) one in the original language and one in English from each institution. A second copy must be sent to UNM's International Admissions Office.
5. Letters of Recommendation (3-4). Recommendations
should come from former professors or those who are familiar with your
academic work. Recommendations from graduate students (i.e., teaching
assistants) are not appropriate. Academic recommendations are more helpful
and carry more weight than do those from current/previous employers.
The writer of the letter should seal the envelope and sign along the
seal. U.S. residents please use the forms that are available at the
OGS website here.
Go to OGS Forms.
6. Written Statement of Purpose/Letter of
Intent Your statement should be a total of at least three double-spaced
Résumé or Academic Vita
One: Identify your specific interests in Communication and any
special areas of study in our Department (intercultural, interpersonal,
organizational, rhetorical, health, or mass communication). Talk
about why you are interested in our program.
Part Two: Describe a study or project that you would want
to investigate during your graduate studies in Communication. Cite
publications and other resources that you used to develop your statement
8. Application for Teaching or Research Assistantship
can be downloaded as a PDF form. Additional
information on asssistantships can be obtained
All Ph.D. applicants must also submit a writing sample (i.e.,
articles submitted for publication, conference papers, chapters of thesis,
paper for a class). Videotapes are not appropriate.
10. An application fee of $50.00. A check or
money order should be made out to the University of New Mexico. The
fee is non-refundable and cannot be waived. The University will not
process your application until they receive the application fee. Please
note, Do not send the application fee to the department. Send
the application fee to the Office of Admissions, or the Office of International
11. Any additional material that you think
will be useful to us in evaluating your application should be sent to
you have questions regarding the admission process or procedures, please
contact the administrative assistant for the graduate program at (505)
277-1903. If you have any questions about the graduate program as a
whole, contact Dr. Ilia Rodríguez or
Dr. Richard Schaefer, Co-Graduate
Directors. For information on reapplications or readmission applications,
or Change of Degree/Major applications, please see the "Admission/Readmission
Guidelines" in your packet or call or write with your questions.
Catalogs can be downloaded for no cost here
or purchased from the UNM Bookstore (505) 277-5451.