Master of Arts in Communication (MA)

Program Highlights: 

  • Prepares students broadly for professional advancement or for doctoral academic work
  • Areas of emphasis in the MA program include journalism, organizational communication, and rhetorical studies
  • 36 hours of communication courses, including nine hours in core courses and six hours in each of two areas of emphasis
  • Graduates of the program have achieved interesting and demanding careers in professions ranging from technical writers to community activists, from university professors to speech writers, from communication managers to public relations specialists

For additional program specific information, visit the College of Arts and Sciences: Communication Studies.

Graduate School Application 

Admission Requirements:

  • Statement of Goals. 
    • You may include a Word document to supplement the PDF form if you require more space for your statement of goals
  • Current Resume
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • All completed recommendation forms and letters should either be emailed as a signed attachment to or sent via mail to ATTN: Graduate School, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, Oregon, 97203, directly by the reference  
  • Official Transcripts (from all previously attended academic institutions)
    • Must be submitted directly from the institution or in a sealed envelope given to the applicant directly from the academic institution
    • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university recognized by the University of Portland is required
      • International Applicants: All foreign degrees will be evaluated by International Student Services prior to an admissions decision  
    • International Applicants: Transcripts from foreign universities must follow the above guideline as well as be in English or be accompanied by an English translation certified as authentic 
  • Official test score (s)
    • GRE score (verbal score in the 60th percentile or higher)
    • International Applicants: an official score from either the TOEFL (minimum score of 100) or IELTS (minimum score of 7.5) exam is required 
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • International Applicants: Proof of financial support will be required to attend the University of Portland, but is not required for application review  

Application Timeline: 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the following deadlines: 

  • Fall Semester: July 19
  • Spring Semester: December 7
  • Summer Semester: April 12

Program Contact: 

International Applicants: 

  • Please note the additional application requirements listed above in the "Admission Requirements" section
  • For additional information, please visit International Student Services