In response to the disruptions caused by the global pandemic, graduate programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh are pausing admissions for fall 2021. This one-year intermission will enable us to devote our resources and attention to our continuing students. Graduate training and research are central to the mission of the Dietrich School and the Department of Communication. While we do not pause admissions lightly, in these uncertain times we are committed to optimally supporting our current students’ success and wellbeing.

If you seek to begin your graduate studies in the fall of 2021, we thank you for your understanding and wish you all the best in your endeavors. If you consider applying to our program for fall 2022, or have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ronald Zboray.

For the Fall 2022 admission season you can find application information below:


 The University of Pittsburgh and the Department of Communication now require online applications. Click on the appropriate link below to find out more and begin your application.

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
International students

Before applying, please read through the information on this site. If you have any questions about whether you are an appropriate candidate for the program, please feel free to e-mail Professor Ronald Zboray, director of graduate studies, or Brandi McClain, graduate administrator. We have FAQ's for your reference at this link.

The application deadline for the following fall semester is January 4, 2022. When you are selected for admission you can send transcripts directly to the department, Send them to:

Dr. Ronald Zboray
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Communication
1433 Cathedral of Learning
4200 Fifth Ave.
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh PA 15260
Fax: 412-624-1878