The Department of Communication at the University of Arkansas offers graduate students the opportunity to study in an intellectually engaging, challenging, and inclusive environment. Close relationships are formed between faculty and graduate students. Consistently ranked as one of the top places to live in the country and located at the foothills of the beautiful Ozark Mountains, Fayetteville attracts patrons of both the arts and sciences to the region, making it an excellent location for those seeking intellectual and cultural stimulation.
For those hoping to join the graduate program in the fall semester, applications are accepted through July. However, you should apply no later than March 1st if you are seeking an assistantship. Additionally, if you are applying to the graduate program for Fall, you may be eligible for one of three awards. Current graduate students in the department may also qualify for funding to present their work at either a conference or professional meeting. If you are seeking to be admitted in the spring semester, the priority deadline is October 1st.
Top 8 Reasons to Choose Our Program for Your Graduate Education
Through communication, people identify and address matters of public concern, create more democratic organizations, participate in the political process, facilitate community involvement, and work together for the common good.
This is the vision in our learning community.
Our award winning and productive faculty investigate film, media, rhetoric, organizational, environmental, health, interpersonal, intercultural and political issues – all through the lens of civic engagement. Graduate students conduct research using interpretive, quantitative, rhetorical, and critical approaches. They facilitate civic engagement in the places they work and live.
Come join our learning community and use theory and research to promote civic engagement as, together, we address the challenges of the 21st century.
Graduate DirectorDr. Ryan Neville-Shepard
Department of Communication
Interesting in Applying?
Priority Deadline for Fall Admission: March 1st
Priority Deadline for Spring Admission: October 1st
The Graduate School’s application portal is set up for you to send all materials related to your application. All application materials must be submitted before a decision can be made. Those materials include:
- A copy of your GRE scores (Optional)
- Official transcripts for all university-level coursework
- A purpose statement explaining your academic goals and how our program fits those goals
- A sample of your academic writing
- A copy of your resume or academic CV
- Three letters of recommendation from professors or others that attest to your abilities to handle graduate level
- A completed application for a teaching assistantship (if applicable)