Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:
Applicants for admission into the WSU Master of Professional Communication program must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or be in the final stage of completing the degree. 

Applicants are encouraged to take a course in research methods and a course in communication theory as an undergraduate. Beginning Fall 2015 these courses are not required for admission to the program.

Application Requirements

Application Deadlines:     NOVEMBER 1st - for Spring 2015 entry                   April 1st - for Fall 2015 entry

  1. Completed application with personal essay
  2. Current resume 
  3. Transcripts from every institution of higher education attended 
  4. Three letters of academic and/or professional recommendation
  5. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last five years. Generally, above average scores on the verbal and writing sections are required. Higher scores are given more weight. The average scores of students accepted into the MPC program is: 150 on verbal reasoning, 144 on quantitative reasoning and 4.0 on the analytical writing portion of the exam.
Acceptance into Program
Each applicant is evaluated on an individual basis. Ideal applicants will present a strong overall previous academic record, positive letters of recommendation, professional accomplishment, and at least an above average total GRE score. An ideal class will consist of working professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds in for-profit, government or non-profit organizations. Ethnic diversity is a plus. The MPC program has limited enrollment. 

About the GRE
Students must take the GRE General Test and submit their scores. We recommend that you take the test at least four weeks before the deadline to ensure your scores are received on time. The GRE will be waived for candidates with a previous master's degree from an accredited institution.?? You may take the computerized test or the paper-based test.
According to gre.org, the GRE General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills that are not related to any specific field of study.
  • Analytical Writing — Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically the test taker's ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively.
  • Verbal Reasoning — Measures reading comprehension skills and verbal and analogical reasoning skills, focusing on the test taker's ability to analyze and evaluate written material.
  • Quantitative Reasoning — Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
Visit gre.org for more detailed information regarding the GRE.
Test information, location and registration are offered online at ets.org/gre/general/register/
Free and priced test preparation options are described at ets.org/gre/general/prepare/
 
International Students
International applicants will need to complete additional materials to comply with university and United States INS regulations. For more information, please contact the International Student and Scholar Center at 801-626-6853, or go to http://www.weber.edu/sis/
You also need to have your credits evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation company that evaluates the credits course-by-course. For a list of approved companies, go to: http://www.naces.org/members.htm
International applicants must be able to comprehend and speak English fluently, as well as read and write English competently. Candidates from non-English-speaking countries are required to establish proof of English language competency unless they received their bachelor's degree from a university in which the language of instruction was English.  This may consist of one of the following:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - applicants may have an official score report which is not more than two years old sent to the MPC Office. Students must score a minimum of 550 (paper-based); 213 (computer-based), or 79-80 (internet-based) on the exam.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - applicants may have an official score report sent to the MPC Office which is not more than two years old. Students need a minimum score of 6.0.
  • Completion of a program for learning English as a second language at a regionally-accredited, U.S. institution of higher learning, such as English as a Second Language (ESL), or the Learning English for Academic Purposes(LEAP) program at Weber State University.

Students who do not have these scores may be admitted to the program provisionally upon review. If they are able to perform satisfactorily in their first semester, their provisional status may be amended. 

Acceptance into Program

Each applicant is evaluated on an individual basis. Ideal applicants will present a strong overall previous academic record, positive letters of recommendation, professional accomplishment, and at least an above average total GRE score. An ideal class will consist of working professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds in for-profit, government or non-profit organizations. Ethnic diversity is a plus. The MPC program has limited enrollment.