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GRE Alternative Portfolio

A portfolio option to the GRE is available for application to the MA in Broadcast Communication and MA in Public Relations and Corporate Communication degrees to students with extensive experience within the discipline. There is no required design for the portfolio, but the presentation of evidence must be clear, concise, and organized. The portfolio option does require the following:

  • An academic writing sample
  • A maximum of four well-selected additional pieces of evidence
  • A letter of introduction to the portfolio, which describes each piece of evidence and provides a thoughtful rationale for its inclusion
  • If using specific courses as evidence, copies of transcripts with courses used as evidence highlighted

Category Descriptions

1. Communication: Written
Evidence of effective graduate level skills in written communication. Communicates ideas thoughtfully and clearly, shows organization and appropriate development of ideas in written presentation, competent spelling, usage, and grammar skills.

2. Communication: Other
Evidence of communication skills beyond written communication, such as oral communication, technology, use of the arts, graphs/charts, etc. Also demonstrated though thoughtful presentation of portfolio evidence. Rationale is well explained, evidence is well-selected and appropriate in demonstrating competence in all categories.

3. Research Competence
Solid evidence that an applicant has the research literacy (quantitative and/or qualitative) needed to be successful in program work. This would include evidence of statistical skills, mathematical skills, skills of analysis, and logic/reasoning. It is recommended that part of the evidence provided here is a transcript(s) demonstrating the variety of mathematics courses and science courses involving mathematics/research that have been taken. Also, a project that involves data collection and analysis and/or other mathematics could be referenced as additional evidence for this category.

4. Potential for Success as a Graduate Student
Evidence that demonstrates initiative, creative thinking, intellectual capacity, ability to work independently, as well as the ability to work effectively with others.

5. Relevant Experience
Evidence of relevant experience within the field of study.  A resume/CV is recommended here, along with any tangible supplements (i.e. campaigns, journalistic pieces).  If part of your evidence for this category and/or any other category is a video, provide a tape/DVD with carefully selected segments that demonstrate what you want to highlight. Also include a brief synopsis with the video.

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