MA Admissions

Applicants to the program must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.  A minimum of three (3) years of work experience is preferred. If you have any questions about the application, you may contact the MA Graduate Program Coordinator.

Applications are accepted online through the Ohio University Graduate College. Supporting documents may be mailed to:

Graduate College
Ohio University
220 Research and Technology Center
Athens, OH 45701

A complete application consists of the following:

Application Form – Applications for the master’s degree programs must be submitted via the Ohio University website at   A non-refundable application fee of $50.00 is required at the time of application submission.

Official transcripts – Official undergraduate transcripts should be sent directly to the Graduate College.

Recommendations – Three (3) letters of recommendations appraising the applicant’s personal and professional qualities as well as capability for graduate study.  The names and email addresses for references will be requested at the time the online application is submitted.

GRE Test Scores – Applicants who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from their undergraduate institution do NOT have to complete the GRE.  Applicants with an undergraduate GPA lower than 3.0 must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to be considered for admission.

Goals Statement – A one page essay (maximum) discussing your professional goals and how the master’s program in organizational communication at Ohio University will enable you to achieve those goals. The statement will be attached to your online graduate application.

Resume – Please attach a current copy of your resume when submitting the online graduate application.

For Summer consideration, applicants should arrange for these materials to be received by April 1st. For Fall applicants, deadline for material submission is July 1st. For Spring applicants, deadline for material submission is Nov. 1st.

Additional questions can be addressed to Dr. Candice Thomas-Maddox at or 740-654-6711 x657.

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