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Communication Graduate Admissions Criteria

Admission to the graduate 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 either 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.*  Full tuition graduate assistantships are available if your complete application materials are received by December 15th.
  • 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
  • A minimum score of 550 or 79 (Internet-based test score) on the TOEFL for International Students ***
  • 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.
  • Portfolio: The portfolio requires the following:
    • 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 papers or reports.
    • A letter of introduction to the portfolio, which describes each piece you incorporated and provides a thoughtful rationale for its inclusion.
    • Addresses each category of evaluation (see attached descriptions)
    • There is no required design for the portfolio, but the presentation of support must be clear, concise, organized, and speaks to all 5 categories (see attached descriptions)

*International students should check with the US Embassy or home country consulate to determine the time frame for issuing a student visa. Students are encouraged to contact International and Multicultural programs (IMP) for other international student requirements:

International and Multicultural Programs

Division of Student Affairs
Landon Student Union, Suite 202B
11300 NE Second Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33161-6695
Phone: 305-899-3082/ 800-756-6000 ext.3082

**International credentials from an educational system other than the United States must be evaluated by a foreign credential evaluator who is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The evaluation must be “course-by-course with GPA,” and should be sent directly from the evaluating agency to Barry University. For a list of NACES members, please visit

*** The TOEFL may be waived for applicants with a minimum of 24 college-level academic credits earned from an institution in which English is the basis of instruction and classroom interaction.

Post-Admission Requirements for Continuation in the Program:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of B (3.0). Any student who has received two C grades, or a grade below a C, while in the program, is liable to department action, including dismissal.
  • Access to a computer, with high-speed Internet connection, meeting the minimum specifications set by the Department of Communication for their entering semester. Upon entry to the graduate program, it is expected that students will have prerequisite computer skills in Microsoft Office, use of email, and the ability to use the internet. Students without these prerequisite skills are encouraged to take CS 180-Introduction to Computers. This course will not count towards degree requirements.
  • Post-admission Testing: All admitted students must take and achieve a satisfactory score on the Communication Assessment Test (CAT) during the first week of classes. The CAT provides students with a professional evaluation of their reading and writing skills. Based on the CAT results, an applicant may be required to enroll in an English writing and/or reading tutorial. In addition students must successfully complete the Qualifying Exam in Methodology (QEM) by the end of their first year, and the Comprehensive Exam (COMPS) in their final semester.
  • Successful defense of either a thesis or capstone.
  • A student will be allowed no more than seven years to complete the program.

Transfer Of Credits

A maximum of 6 graduate semester hours with a grade of B or better may be transferred into the program from an accredited institution with the approval of the graduate faculty committee/graduate program coordinator.  Students may not transfer credits after they have entered the program.

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