FAQs


The GRE is required of all students who have a earned degree within the United States. If a student is an international applicant and has not earned a degree in the United States, they should submit TOEFL scores instead of the GRE. If an international applicant has a degree from the United States, they should submit GRE scores.

The GRE expectations of applicants are a 4.5 minimum in the analytical exam. Of the three scores, two of the scores should be in the 60th percentile or higher. The committee will consider exceptional applications which may differ from these standards.

The committee would like applicants that are coming into the masters program to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 from their Bachelor's' degree. When applying to the Ph.D. program the committee expectation is a 3.0 from a bachelor’s degree and a 3.6 minimum from the Master’s degree. The committee will consider exceptional applications which may differ from these standards.

KU's code is 6871, Communication Studies department code is 4599.

Please see the following link explaining the admissions requirements of non-native English-speaking students.

Dr. Yan Bing Zhang
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
The University of Kansas Department of Communication Studies
Bailey Hall 1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 101
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
ybzhang@ku.edu
785-864-9678

Applicants should indicate their interest in assistantship in their statement of purpose letter. Applicants are encouraged to include any experience that they have and support materials. Academic assistantships are typically awarded during the fall semester for the entire academic year. All applicants wishing to be considered for an assistantship should submit their application by the January 5th deadline for the following fall semester.