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Admission to the program consists of the following tasks:

  1. Submit the University application - found online at Cal State Apply; pay the application fee, and have official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended sent to:
    Admissions and Records
    California State University, East Bay
    25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
    Hayward, CA 94542
  2. Submit the Department application which includes:
    • The Department application form.
    • A 750 word Statement of Purpose. Indicate in this essay your reasons for pursuing graduate study in communication. The statement should also include: (1) area of subject interest; (2) career goals; and (3) additional background information concerning your academic and /or professional work experience. This essay should be typed and double spaced. Applicants with communication-related work experience may attach a resume.
    • Three letters of recommendation. Be sure to print three copies of the recommendation form—one for each recommender. Please send letters (in sealed envelopes) with your application package.
    • A sample of your scholarly writing. Term papers written for undergraduate courses, usually between 10 and 20 pages in length, are appropriate writing samples. Applicants with media-related experience may send clippings in addition to, not in place of, a scholarly writing sample.
    • Official transcripts in sealed envelopes from all academic institutions attended.

The Graduate Committee takes each element of the application into consideration when deciding on candidates. Undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, statements of purpose, and writing samples are evaluated as a whole; no single indicator is used to determine admission.

Admission to the program is for the fall quarter although there is a mid-year admission process under special circumstances. Please contact the Graduate Coordinator for details. There are two rounds of application review. Decisions made on applications received on or before February 25th will be announced before the end of March. The deadline for the final round of application reviews is May 1st. To expedite the application review process please send all materials (application form, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and writing sample) in one package to:

Katherine M. Bell, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director
Department of Communication
California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
Hayward, CA 94542
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