Moving Image Studies

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

Applying to the Ph.D. Programs

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

APPLICATION DEADLINES for fall 2016 admission

  • December 1: For full consideration for financial aid/ assistantship, application must be received by December 1. The online application is available here. Please also submit a separate assistantship application, available here.
  • February 10 (deadline recently extended from the first of the month): Final deadline for doctoral program application. (While applications submitted for the February 10 deadline are carefully considered, we cannot guarantee that spaces will be available in the incoming doctoral class, or that financial support will be available).

Applications are accepted to the doctoral program for Fall admission only.


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

  • Acceptable scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE* exam. Currently the median combined verbal plus quantitative score for our doctoral students is around 1200. The minimum score for consideration for admission (combined verbal and quantitative) is 1100, with a verbal score of 560 or higher. On the new GRE scale, a typical minimum verbal score would be 157, and a quantitative score of at least 145, with a total of at least 303.
  • A high standard of overall undergraduate and M.A.-level achievement.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for doctoral work. Please enter your recommenders’ names in the online application (so they receive an e-mail prompt for their letters) or ask recommenders to mail letters to the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Admissions Office.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/ universities the applicant has attended. Please mail official transcripts to the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Admissions Office.
  • Personal statement of educational, research, and career goals. 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 formation and interests, and your reasons for wanting to pursue the doctorate in Moving Image Studies in our department.
  • A writing sample. Generally this is a researched, critical essay of standard article length (about 20 pages double-spaced).
  • Acceptable score on the TOEFL, for international students. The college’s minimum overall score on the internet-based TOEFL is 80. The minimum score on the paper-based TOEFL is 550. (This translates to a 6.5 on the IELTS.) The TOEFL is not required of students who have a Masters degree from an institution in the United States.
  • An assistantship application, if you want to be considered for funding (click here).


For more information, please contact the Graduate Directors.

*Free GRE Practice Tests

The website offers free practice GRE tests, customized in accordance with the format of the test and prepared by a team of academic volunteers.

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