Communication M.A. Admissions Criteria

Admission to the M.A. program is based upon a set of criteria that indicate potential success as a graduate student. All criteria, in addition to professional experience, are evaluated holistically, and the potential for success in our program is evaluated on an individual basis by the graduate faculty. The outcome of this faculty assessment will be full acceptance into the program, provisional acceptance, or denial. Failure to meet any one criterion will not necessarily result in automatic rejection of your application. New students are admitted only in the fall. You can begin your admissions application online through the myBarry application system.

Criteria indicating potential success include:

  • Completed Barry University graduate application. In order to be considered for admission and eligible for enrollment in the fall semester, all completed application materials must be received by August 1. Various graduate assistantships are available if your complete application materials are received by January 30.
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized school.
  • Official transcripts from every college and/or university attended.
  • An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better in an appropriate discipline
  • You must submit a TOEFL/IELTS examination score if your university/college degree is from an institution in which English is not the language of instruction. There are two versions of the TOEFL: The paper-based test score ranges from 310 to 677. Barry University requires 550 at the graduate level. The Internet-based test (iBT) score ranges from 0 to 120. Barry University requires require 79 at the graduate level. Barry University requires a 6.5 on the IELTS.
  • Two letters of recommendation from referents that legitimately speak to the applicant’s potential for academic and professional success in graduate coursework. At least one reference letter must come from a current or past professor. Please use official form included in the application.
  • Statement of purpose. Write an essay describing your personal career goals and showing how completion of Barry’s program will help you fulfill these goals.
  • An academic writing sample, such as a research/reflection paper or report.