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Admission Requirements

Admission to The Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications graduate program includes:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the last two years (60 hours) or undergraduate work. Two official transcripts from every institution of higher learning attended must be included with the application.
  • A Graduate Record Examination score of 153V and 144Q is preferred. Scoring well on the verbal portion of the exam is most important because of the nature of the mass communications program of study. The GRE can be taken on campus.
  • A detailed statement of intent for seeking a master's degree in mass communications, including the applicant's background; the specific track of study in which the applicant wishes to enroll; the specific mass communications issues in which the student has an interest; how the applicant's background prepared him or her for a particular graduate studies track; and how the applicant will apply the skills learned in the program upon completion of his or her studies.
  • Three supportive letters of recommendation from people familiar with the nature of the work required of graduate students in the social sciences.
  • All graduate applicants should be aware that fluency in the English language is essential for success in the program. International students are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based) on the TOEFL is required. A minimum total score of 6.5 on the IELTS is required.

How to Apply
Interested students can apply online. All application materials such as transcripts and recommendation letters can be submitted through the online application or mailed to:
University of South Florida
Office of Graduate Studies
4202 East Fowler Avenue, SVC 1036
Tampa, Florida 33620-7800
United States of America

Application Deadlines
Domestic Applicants
Fall Admission: February 15
Assistantships: February 15

International Applicants
Fall Admission: February 15
Assistantships: February 15

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