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Master’s Program: Admissions and Applications

Admissions

A baccalaureate degree in communication or a related field is recommended for applicants to the CCI Master’s program. However, admission is possible with other baccalaureate degrees. Applicants without the appropriate background may be required to take additional prerequisite and/or co-requisite courses.

After the application is completed, UT Graduate Admissions will verify the applicant meets the minimum requirements. After this verification by UT Graduate Admissions, the student’s application is then reviewed by the respective School, with admission decisions made by the School.

United States degree holders must have earned a minimum of 2.7 (4.0 system) Grade Point Average (GPA). Applicants with non-U.S. degrees must have earned a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or other equivalent to a ‘B’ average. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are optional. For students whose native language is not English and who have not earned an earlier degree at an English-language college or university, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), is required. The score must not be older than two years. Please see the Graduate Admissions Requirements page for more information.

Please note that the above information pertains to the on-campus college-wide master’s degree in communication and information. Information about the Distance Education concentration in Strategic & Digital Communication is available on the CCI online master’s program page. Contact the School of Information Sciences for admissions information about the master’s degree in information sciences.


Applications

To apply to the College of Communication and Information master’s program, go to the UT Graduate Admissions Online Application (online submission). Submit application materials by January 15 to have the best chance of being considered. A limited number of slots open each fall and preference is given to applicants whose materials are submitted by January 15.

All new graduate students begin their studies in the fall semester.


Financial Aid

Applicants who want to apply for assistantship funding should should indicate this on their admission application. Preference is given to applicants who materials are submitted by January 15.

If you are interested in other Financial Aid, please review information on the UT Graduate Admission’s page: https://gradschool.utk.edu/graduate-student-life/costs-funding/.