To apply for the PhD in Media and Communication Studies, begin by submitting your application with the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

The link will take you to "IUP Admissions Login." Click on the link on the bottom that reads First time user account creation and request a Banner ID and PIN. The application will be available after you log in.

All applicants must submit the following materials for review to: Office of Admissions, Sutton Hall, Suite 120, 1011 South Drive, Indiana, Pa. 15705, or via email to

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Students seeking admission to the PhD in Media and Communication Studies must satisfy the minimum School of Graduate Studies and Research requirements and have a master's degree. International students are required to comply with the admission criteria as outlined in the graduate catalog.

Applicants to the MCOM PhD program must submit the following for review by the doctoral program committee:

  • Official higher education transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Current curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Writing sample: a sample that reflects your ability to do academic work and research such as a published work, a paper presented at a professional conference, a major paper for a graduate-level course, or other academic writing
  • Two letters of recommendation assessing your ability to work at the doctoral level
  • Professional goal statement addressing why you are interested in pursuing doctoral studies in this area, your long-term professional goals, and preparations you are undertaking in anticipation of acceptance into the program
  • Upon review of completed applications, the MCOM faculty admissions committee may invite the applicant to campus for an interview. The committee determines whether to accept, waitlist, or deny each applicant.

For information regarding graduate tuition and fees, please consult the Office of Student Billing listing of Graduate Tuition and Fees.