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Gaylord College graduate programs are ideally designed for a fall start, but students may be admitted throughout the year. 

December 15 is the preferred application deadline for all prospective doctoral students wishing to be considered for Gaylord College assistantships and scholarships for the fall semester.

February 1 is the deadline for all prospective graduate students wishing to be considered for Gaylord College assistantships and scholarships for the fall semester. 

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Deadline for all prospective graduate students wishing to be considered for assistantships and scholarships for the fall semester.

Deadline for international students to apply for admission for a summer start.

March 1Deadline for International students to apply for admission for a fall start.
April 1Deadline for U.S. students to apply for admission for a summer start.
May 1Deadline for U.S. students to apply for admission for a fall start.
Sept. 1Deadline for International students to apply for admission for a spring start.
Nov. 1Deadline for U.S. students to apply for admission for a spring start.

Doctoral program admissions process

  • A minimum of three years of professional experience in a mass communication field is preferred.
  • Excellent candidates who do not meet all of the requirements will be given careful consideration.
  • Retention and graduation standards will be in accordance with OU Graduate College policies.

Applicants must complete the appropriate general OU Graduate Application using the links below:

MA and MPW Application Process

Starting the application process

Visiting the program is not requirement for application, but is encouraged. Students may arrange for a visit by contacting:

Larry Laneer, Graduate Adviser
405-325-2722
gaylordgrad@ou.edu

Visits are conducted throughout the year, however some faculty may not be available during semester breaks and/or the summer semester.

Take the GRE

The Gaylord College graduate program requires the following scores on the GRE for admission:

  • 150 Quantitative
  • 150 Verbal
  • 4.5 Essay

The Graduate Record Examination is available throughout the year at testing locations. To find one near you, please visit www.gre.org. Please use the following codes to ensure your test results are submitted to Gaylord:

  • OU School Code: 6879
  • Department Code: 4503

Take the TOEFL

International students are required to take the TOEFL examination. Find out more about locations and testing at www.ets.org/toefl.

Complete the appropriate General OU Graduate Application

Application Materials Required

To apply for admission to the Graduate Studies program at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication please use the links above. You will need to upload the following materials:

  • Letter of Intent/Essay
  • MA students: Approximately 1,000 words on your professional career goals and reasons for pursing a master of arts degree.
  • MPW students: A writing sample of at least 50 consecutive pages of fiction or creative nonfiction.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • A One- to Two-Page Résumé

Graduate Certificate Program Application Process

The applicant (a new OU graduate student OR current OU graduate student) should:

1. Create an account and complete the application for admission at the Graduate College Office of Admissions: www.ou.edu/gradweb

2. Application deadline: rolling

3. Applicants do not have to take Graduate Record Examination (GRE). International students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or satisfy the English proficiency requirement by another method approved by the Graduate College Office of Admissions. The English proficiency requirement is a State Regents requirement for all international students and cannot be waived.

4. Other application materials to be submitted to the Graduate College Office of Admissions are official transcript (to confirm an undergraduate degree), applicant’s resume and personal statement. One letter of recommendation is optional.

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