Admissions

INTRODUCTION

The graduate program in the Department of Communication trains scholars to conduct original research contributing to the advance of knowledge in communication and related fields, and to teach at the university level. For this reason, the Department will accept only students who are seeking the Ph.D. degree (a Master of Science degree may be earned as part of the process of completing the requirements for the Ph.D.).

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the minimum University requirements (an acceptable bachelor's degree, and a min. cumulative GPA of 3.0 "B" average), the Department of Communication requires:

  1. 1) Three letters of recommendation, preferably from professors of communication or related social science fields who are familiar with the applicant's written work and research experiences.

  2. 2) Transcripts from all colleges where the applicant has studied (the Department's evaluation considers not only the record in communication, but all undergraduate work and graduate work, where relevant).

  3. 3) Statement of purpose outlining reasons for pursuing graduate work, interests within any social science, and any pertinent intellectual and career experiences and interests.  Additionally applicants should indicate at least two prospective faculty mentors. The Admissions Committee considers a strong applicant to have well-conceived research interests and past research accomplishment or experience.

    Instructions
    : The statement should not exceed 3 double-spaced pages.

  4. 4) Personal Statement. While statement of purpose (described above) is about your work, your personal statement is about you. It is an opportunity for you to provide additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and aptitude for graduate study at UCLA. It will also be used to consider candidates for the Cota-Robles and Graduate Opportunity fellowships. For additional guidance, please see the University of California’s guidance on Personal Statements.

  5. Instructions
    : The statement should not exceed 3 double-spaced pages. To be considered for a Cota-Robles or Graduate Opportunity fellowship, be sure to describe your contributions to diversity. The University of California Diversity Statement can be found online.

  6. 5) Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report. The institution code for UCLA for the GRE is 4837 and the Department’s code is 4507.

  7. 6) For applicants whose native language is not English, an official statement of scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Testing System examination (IELTS). The minimum scores required is 7.0 for IELTS and 87 for TOEFL. Please see detailed information about English Requirements and Proficiency on the Graduate Division site.

Although undergraduate or masters-level study in communication or related disciplines is desirable, it is not mandatory for admission to the program. Applicants need not be uniformly high on all indicators of potential. The Admissions Committee looks at a number of indicators of abilities and skills.

In addition to relatively formal criteria (such as analytic and verbal proficiency), the Department pays particular attention to applicants who seem likely to contribute intellectual, social, or cultural diversity to its student body. Women and those from underrepresented backgrounds, in particular, are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline and Procedures

The deadline to apply for the following Fall quarter is December 1. Applicants must submit electronically a completed Graduate Division Online Application and upload all supporting materials by December 1.

All supporting materials, including recommendation letters, must be submitted online.  Additionally, one official, sealed transcript from the Institution(s) where you earned your bachelor's degree and graduate degree (or degree in progress) must be received by mail by December 1 at the following address:

Attn:  Graduate Admissions

UCLA Department of Communication

2225 Rolfe Hall

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1538

Alternatively, if the electronic official transcript is available from your Institution(s), ask them to send it directly to gradprogram@comm.ucla.edu

Applications that remain incomplete after the deadline of December 1 will not be reviewed.

Graduate Student Funding

Anticipated Expenses for graduate studies can be found at the Financial Aid Office website.

Actual living expenses will depend on personal circumstances. A breakdown of fee and tuition costs can be found on the Registrar Office website.

Funding Opportunities

UCLA has various funding opportunities and all admitted PhD communication students obtain competitive funding packages depending on their merit and progress in the program. The main funding opportunities are graduate division fellowships, departmental fellowships, and extramural funding. For incoming students by far the largest source of support comes in the offers of one or multiple years of support that the Department makes to admitted students. Some of these funds originate from sources outside the Department, but are controlled by the Department.

Graduate Division Fellowship Programs and Support from UCLA Centers

There are a number of campus-wide fellowship programs, e.g., the Eugene Cota Robles Fellowship for which the department can nominate admitted students if you apply and meet the eligibility criteria. To apply for campus-wide awards, complete the fellowship section of your online graduate admissions application.  For the Eugene Cota-Robles Award, you must also complete the Diversity Fellowship portion of the admissions application.  Please note the Graduate Opportunity Fellowship Program (GOFP) is only for terminal M.A. students.  Please review Funding for Entering Students link on the Graduate Division website.  Note that for most of these awards recommendation by the Department is critical, and the Department reserves the right to consider these awards that originate from other places on campus as part of the total award package that we are offering, fully subject to our rules and conditions. 

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) for the academic year or summer awards are available for the following languages:  Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean (East Asia); Spanish, Portuguese, and Quechua (Latin America); Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish (Middle East); Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese (Southeast Asia).  For additional information and requirements specific to each area program please consult the website at http://international.ucla.edu/ .  New incoming students are eligible and there are funding opportunities for international studies.

 

Departmental Support

The department's Admissions Committee will consider all admitted applicants, including international students, for departmental support (stipend, registration fees, nonresident tuition, and teaching assistantships) at the time of admission.  Decisions are made based on merit, i.e., the applicant's strength of record and promise in relation to the other students, and not on financial need.

Our typical funding offers provide five years of support which includes one or two years of fellowship (stipend, registration fees, and if needed, non-resident tuition for the first year) and three or four years of guaranteed teaching assistantship (TA) position.  Stipends have ranged from $18,000-24,000 and are ordinarily scheduled for the first and fifth year. In some instances, first-year students with teaching experience may be offered a TA position.

For each year of guaranteed TA support (typically year 2-4), the Department will offer a TA position at 50% (20 hours per week). If a faculty member offers a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) position for one or all of these years, the GSR position will satisfy/replace the departmental support commitment.  You can review TA salaries for a nine-month, half-time appointment and GSR salary scales.  Under certain circumstances, TAs and GSRs qualify to have a portion of their mandatory registration fees (including medical insurance premium) paid by the University and in more limited circumstances, GSRs may qualify to have 100% of non-resident tuition paid.  For more information on UCLA's academic apprentice personnel positions, salary rates, remission rates, and policies go to the Academic Apprentice Personnel Manual

 

Extramural Funding

There are many extramural agencies that provide fellowships for graduate students.

We strongly urge our applicants and continuing students to research external funding opportunities and apply for every fellowship for which they are eligible.

The UCLA Graduate Division has an on-line database of extramural funding opportunities called GRAPES available at: https://grad.ucla.edu/funding.  The GRAPES database catalogs over 600 private and publicly funded awards, fellowships, and internships and allows searches by field, academic level, award type, award amount, and other criteria.  In addition, there are directories of extramural support that can be found at most university libraries.  You can find a list of these directories at: http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/asis/entsup/extramrl.htm

Here are some of the well-known nationwide programs of which some are specifically for entering students:

 

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04615/nsf04615.htm

Check their website for deadlines. Application deadline for social sciences is generally in early November.

 

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program

https://www.ndsegfellowships.org/

 

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Program for Minorities

http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/FordFellowships/PGA_047958

UCLA campus application deadline is in September. For exact date please contact fhu@gdnet.ucla.edu. Last year the deadline was in November.

 

Fulbright U.S. Student Program (IIE)

http://www.fulbrightonline.org/us  

 

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program at the Department of Education

http://www.ed.gov/programs/jacobjavits/index.html

Check their web site for deadlines.  Application deadline is generally in early October.

 

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

http://www.pdsoros.org

Application deadline is November 1st.

 

The Social Science Resource Council

https://www.ssrc.org/

 

Need-Based Financial Aid

Support based solely on financial need is provided in the form of work-study and loans through the Financial Aid Office and is available only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  To apply for financial aid, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Department of Education by March 2nd.  For more information on applying for need-based support at UCLA, please refer to the web site maintained by the Financial Aid Office at www.fao.ucla.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

DEGREES OFFERED

The Department of Communication offers the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Communication. We DO NOT have a standalone Master’s program; we only admit students to our Doctoral program.

 

ADMISSION CRITERIA

In addition to the minimum University requirements, the Department of Communication requires:

  1. 1) Three letters of recommendation. Preferably from professors of communication or related social science fields who are familiar with the applicant's written work and research experiences. Letters of recommendation are submitted through the online application portal; applicants listthe name and contact information of their recommenders and the system autogenerates an email to them with instructions on how to submit the letter.

  2. 2) Transcripts. The Department requires official transcripts from all colleges where the applicant has studied (the Department's evaluation considers not only the record in communication, but all undergraduate work and graduate work, where relevant). Transcripts must be delivered to the following address: Attn: Graduate Admissions UCLA Department of Communication 2225 Rolfe Hall Los Angeles, CA 90095-1538 If official transcripts are available electronically from your institution(s), ask them to send it directly to gradprogram@comm.ucla.edu.

  3. 3) Statement of purpose. The statement of purpose should outline reasons for pursuing graduate work, interests within any social science, and any pertinent intellectual and career experiences and interests. Additionally, applicants should indicate at least two prospective faculty mentors they’d like to work with. The Admissions Committee considers a strong applicant to have well-conceived research interests and past research accomplishment or experience. The statement should not exceed 3 doublespaced pages.

  4. 4) Personal Statement. While statement of purpose (described above) is about your work, your personal statement is about you. It is an opportunity for you to provide additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and aptitude for graduate study at UCLA. It will also be used to consider candidates for the Cota-Robles and Graduate Opportunity fellowships. For additional guidance, please see the UC's guidance on Personal Statements. The statement should not exceed 3 double-spaced pages. To be considered for a Cota-Robles or Graduate Opportunity fellowship, be sure to describe your contributions to diversity. The UC Diversity Statement can be found online.

  5. 5) Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Students must submit their official GRE score report as part of their application. The institution code for UCLA for the GRE is 4837 and the Department’s code is 4507.
  6. 6) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Testing System examination (IELTS). For applicants whose native language is not English, an official statement of scores of the TOEFL or IELTS must also be submitted as part of the application. The minimum scores required is 7.0 for IELTS and 87 for TOEFL. More information about English language requirements and proficiency can be found on the UCLA Graduate Division website.

Although undergraduate or masters-level study in communication or related disciplines is desirable, it is not mandatory for admission to the program. Applicants need not be uniformly high on all indicators of potential. The Admissions Committee looks at a number of indicators of abilities and skills.

In addition to relatively formal criteria (such as analytic and verbal proficiency), the Department pays particular attention to applicants who seem likely to contribute intellectual, social, or cultural diversity to its student body. Women and those from underrepresented backgrounds, in particular, are encouraged to apply.

 

APPLICATION

Applications for admission the following Fall quarter are due on December 1st each year. Applicants must submit their completed application with all supporting materials by this deadline. The department must receive official transcripts (via mail or email) by this date. Applications that remain incomplete after the deadline will not be reviewed. There is no priority deadline. All applications are due by this date. The application is web-based and must be submitted online via theUCLA Graduate Division website. All supporting materials, including recommendation letters, must be submitted online. The application fee is $105.00 for U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents and $125.00 for all other applicants. Information regarding fee waivers can be found on the UCLA Graduate Division website. Admissions decisions will be rendered in early spring.

 

COST OF ATTENDANCE

Tuition and feesfor most doctoral and master’s programs are about $17,272 per year for California residents, and about $32,374 annually for non-California residents. Student fees are listed on the UCLA Registrar’s Office website.

 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Students will receive funding in the form of a fellowship for one year and guaranteed TA support for four more years. Additional opportunities for funding can be found on the UCLA Graduate Division website. For more information regarding the UCLA Communication Graduate Program, please visit www.comm.ucla.edu or contact the Department of Communication at (310) 825-1703 or gradprogram@comm.ucla.edu