Moving Image Studies

School of Film, Media, and Theatre – College of the Arts – Georgia State University

Applying to the M. A. Programs

The online application for admission the Department of Communication graduate programs is available here.

Application Deadlines for 2016 Admission:

  • March 15 (for Fall 2016 admission)
  • December 1* (for Spring 2016 admission)

Applications to the Production track accepted only for fall admission.

Note: Students wishing to pursue the Human Communication and Social Influence; Mass Communication; or Critical Studies in Film/Video/Digital Imaging tracks may apply for Fall or Spring admission. Early application is strongly encouraged, especially for those wishing to apply for the limited number of assistantships we offer at the M.A. level.

Students wishing to pursue the Film/Video/Digital Imaging Production track may apply for Fall admission only.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Communication has the following requirements:

  • Acceptable GRE scores on the verbal and quantitative sections. Currently the median combined verbal plus quantitative score for our students is around 1200. The minimum score for consideration for admission (combined verbal and quantitative) is 1000, with a verbal score of 500 or higher. On the new GRE scale, a typical minimum verbal score would be 153, and a quantitative score of at least 144, with a combined total score of at least 300.) Our applicants typically average higher than these minimums, averaging a combined GRE of 303 or better.
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.  (In cases where the cumulative grade point average falls slightly below 3.0, but the GPA in the major or in the last two years is above 3.0, the applicant should indicate this in the personal statement.) Because Communication is an interdisciplinary major, we accept students with undergraduate degrees in all areas. We do not require applicants to have an undergraduate major in Communication.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for creative or scholarly work. Please list your recommenders in the online application (so they receive a prompt for letters via e-mail). If recommenders send letters via regular mail, please have them sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities the applicant has attended.
  • Personal statement of goals for pursuing the degree. The personal statement is generally 1 to 2 pages (single spaced), in essay form, which gives the admissions committee a sense of who you are, your intellectual or artistic formation and interests, and your reasons for wanting to study in our department.
  • An assistantship application, if you want to be considered for funding (click here).

Transcripts and letters of recommendation (if sending in hard copy) should be sent directly to the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Admissions Office. Do not send these to the Communication Department. The CAS Graduate Admission Office address is:

Office/Delivery Address (FedEx, UPS, etc.)
Office of Graduate Services
College of Arts and Sciences
75 Poplar Street, Suite 800
Haas Howell Bldg.
Atlanta, GA 30303

Mailing Address (U.S. Postal Service)
Office of Graduate Services
College of Arts and Sciences
P.O. Box 3993
Atlanta, GA 30302-3993


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