Application Information for the M.A. Program
in Communication Studies at CSUF

 

Program: MA in Communication Studies

Department: Human Communication Studies (http://communications.fullerton.edu/hcom/)

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Summer Martin (sumartin@fullerton.edu)

 

Deadlines:

            -For  Fall  admission:

Our  priority deadline (which must be met if an individual is also applying to be a Teaching Associate) for all materials to be received by the university and department is March 1st  Other applicants should arrange for all materials (including transcripts and recommendations) to be received by the university and department no later than April 15th (earlier is preferred).

            -For  Spring  admission:

Our  priority deadline (which must be met if an individual is also applying to be a Teaching Associate) for all materials to be received by the university and department is October 1st.  Other applicants should arrange for all materials (including transcripts and recommendations) to be received by the university and department no later than November 1st  (earlier is preferred).

 

How to Apply:

There are two levels of application that must be completed: the university application and the department application.

University Application

  1. Go to Cal State Apply (https://www2.calstate.edu/apply) to submit an application for graduate admissions to our program (Communication Studies).

  1. As part of your university (online) application, you will be required to submit official transcripts to the university. (Please see the online application for further details.) 

Department Application

    Please submit a hard-copy packet of the following materials:

  1. Letter of application  (also known as a “letter of intent” or “statement of purpose”).

  1. Writing sample.  Please submit a scholarly paper (ideally, a research paper such as a literature review or proposal) that you have written (no group papers). Although it is recommended that you submit a single paper that is a minimum of 7-10 pages of text (plus references, etc.), you can submit two shorter papers (totaling at least ten pages) if needed.

  1. Three recommendations   using the department’s form  (accompanied by letters). These can be submitted directly by the recommender (via email or hard copy to Dr. Summer Martin) or by you (in an envelope that has been signed and sealed by the recommender) with the rest of your application materials. Ideally, all or the majority of your references should be faculty members (who can speak to your academic performance). References should submit a letter along with the required recommendation form, which is available here Graduate Recommendation Form PDF File

  1. Unofficial transcripts.

  1. Application for Graduate Student Assistantship  (accompanied by letter of application), if applying to be a Teaching Associate (TA) or Forensics Assistant (FA). The form is available here Teaching_AssociateorForensics_Assistant_Application_Form PDF File

 All department materials should be submitted to:

Dr. Summer Martin, Graduate Advisor
Department of Human Communication Studies
PO Box 6868
Fullerton, CA 92834-6868