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Communication & Journalism Graduate Program

The master's degree in communication and media offers coursework in rhetorical, critical/cultural, and social scientific perspectives and methodologies. The program offers two primary directions for your degree; Human Communication and Media Communication.

More background information on the degree can be found here.

The program is structured to be completed in two years, but is flexible depending on students’ circumstances. 

Required classes are completed in the first year, while the second year is used to develop and complete the thesis or project.

A typical schedule for a full-time student can be found here.

An assistantship is a student employment opportunity for graduate students. Graduate assistants work on average 20 hours per week and, in return, are provided with a monthly stipend plus a remission of tuition and fees. 

The type of available assistantships and their descriptions can be found here.

Fill out the online application to ensure that you will be considered. Complete and upload the graduate assistantship application to the online application portal, which will be emailed to you by UW Admissions.

Only a few COJO GTAs are available each year, so the assistantships are very competitive.

The application deadline to be considered for a COJO graduate teaching assistantship is March 1.

Please email COJO Graduate Director Dr. Kristen Landreville, klandrev@uwyo.edu if you have any questions about the COJO GA responsibilities and duties.

No, credits earned at other graduate schools may not be transferred into the program.

Yes, it is possible to be a part-time student. The program is very flexible. However, it is advisable that you contact COJO’s Graduate Director Dr. Kristen Landreville, klandrev@uwyo.edu if you are applying to study part-time.

Information on admissions requirements can be found here.

Three recommendation letters should be from superiors who can comment on your ability to succeed in the graduate program. If you are applying for the graduate assistantship, they should comment on your perceived ability to teach. At least one of the recommenders needs to have an academic role. It is acceptable for a non-academic supervisor in a media or communication profession to also submit a letter.

  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores. (Most countries need this unless you completed high school or your undergraduate degree in the United States)

  • Proof of financial support

  • A scanned copy of the passport

  • Writing samples. (Can be media writing samples and/or academic, research paper writing samples)

All information related to international students’ admissions can be found here.

  • Official GRE scores if you apply for a funded assistantship; if you're a self-funded student or a student who has funding from another UW funding source beyond COJO, then you do not need to take the GRE

  • Official transcripts. (Officially translated if foreign)

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • A one-page statement of purpose. (Why you would like a master’s degree in our program; what faculty you would like to work with; what type of research area or professional/creative project that you may want to pursue)

  • Writing samples (can be media writing samples and/or academic, research paper writing samples)

  • Resume or CV

All information related to application requirements can be found here.

A minimum of 3.0 GPA is required.

If you are applying for a graduate assistantship, you can expect a response by the third week of March. Otherwise, other applicants would be rolling admissions if you apply by July 1.

A non-refundable application fee of $50.00 is required.

Yes, students can request for a deferment in their enrollment.

Official GRE scores are only required if you are applying for a funded assistantship.

If you're a self-funded student or a student who has funding from another UW funding source beyond COJO, then you do not need to take the GRE.

 

Information on GRE and other tests can be found here.

GRE/TOEFL reporting code is 4855.

The TOEFL is usually not required if you obtained a degree from a U.S. institution or an institution with English instruction within one year of becoming a graduate student at UW.

More information for international students can be found here.

Yes, scores that are within 5 years are accepted.

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