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International Students

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete and submitted in accordance with admission guidelines.

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Application Checklist

1. Application forms: The University of Pittsburgh and the Department of Communication now accept online applications only.
2. Recommendation forms: Complete the applicant section; sign and forward to your references with your request for letters of recommendation. Your recommendation writers should be professors at your college or university instructors and who know your work well enough to evaluate it and to assess your capacity for graduate study in our department.
3. Fee: $50.00 payable via the online application. This fee is not refundable. Applications will not be processed without the paid fee. (If your zipcode isn't five digits you will need to put 00000 as your zipcode for payment.)
4. Enclose a statement of purpose explaining why you want to pursue graduate work in rhetoric and communication and why you are applying to our program. The statement should not exceed two typewritten pages.
5. Enclose a sample of your written work, which you believe represents your best effort. The ideal sample would be an article-length research humanities-oriented paper with proper documentation, sophisticated and nuanced argumentation, a broad evidentiary base, and a deft summoning of scholarship from across humanities disciplines.
6. Collect and return the following materials.

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Information for this examination may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541. The GRE application requires the University of Pittsburgh Institution Code 2927, Department Code 4599 Communication. Make sure you request that your official results be sent to the University of Pittsburgh.
  • TOEFL score: Minimum requirement is 577 or better on the paper based test and 90 with at least a score of 22 in all on the four sections of speaking, listening, reading and writing on the internet based test. The Educational Testing Service must send original results directly to the University. However, please include a photocopy of your results with your application.
  • Three completed recommendations letters and forms online or in a sealed envelope from each reference. If you have done graduate work, one of the letters should be from your advisor.
  • Unofficial transcripts for online application and upon selection of admission, official transcripts will need to be certified/notarized native-language version and English translated version of all academic records, mark sheets, and transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Also submit certified copies of certificates of diplomas awarded at completion of studies. 

    Send this material to:

Dr. Brent Malin
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Communication
1433 Cathedral of Learning
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh PA 15260

Application Deadline: January 4

All completed applications, international and domestic, received by January 4 will be evaluated, on equal basis, for teaching assistantships and non-teaching fellowships.