Meet with one of our admissions advisors in person to discuss your academic goals.
Advisors' Office Hours
Mon-Fri: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Graduate Academic Services Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Your application demonstrates your dedication toward a career in your chosen field. All of its component parts should reflect your serious commitment to graduate study.
Once you upload ALL required documents, your application will be complete and sent to the faculty for review. Do not upload a document that is not your final version. Once the file is complete and sent to faculty for review, we cannot replace any updated materials.
In addition to the admissions requirements, the following additional documents/tests are required:
Students in any undergraduate major at AU are eligible for consideration; an undergraduate degree in communication is not required.
Current American University undergraduate students are eligible to apply for admission to a combined Bachelor's/Master's program in SOC during the second semester of their junior year (after completing 75 credits, but before they have completed 90 credits),
Students are admitted formally to the Master's program only after all undergraduate requirements have been met. If admitted, candidates may use up to (6) six approved credit hours at the 500 level or above to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree program requirements. The Bachelor's/Master's program requires continuous enrollment. Students admitted to the program may not defer enrollment.
1. Decide which master's program you are interested in pursuing. Ask your faculty member(s) for recommendations and suggestions. Meet with an SOC graduate admissions advisor to learn about the graduate programs at SOC and find out which faculty member you should meet. Then make an appointment with your SOC undergraduate academic advisor to learn about the courses appropriate for the Bachelor's/Master's program.
2. Apply to your chosen master's program.
3. Submit all of the required supplemental items listed above, in addition to the Bachelor's/Master's Course Planning Sheet.
If you are admitted into the Bachelor's/Master's program, you will work with your SOC undergraduate academic advisor and the Graduate Program Director to determine which two classes will count toward both your bachelor's degree and master's degree.
For more information on approved graduate coursework and pre-admissions advising, please contact the SOC Graduate Office at 202-885-2040.
Waiver of the English Language Requirement:
An applicant has earned a bachelor's degree or a graduate degree in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada (except Quebec), Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland.
If you do not meet these conditions, you must submit scores from one of the following two tests:
For more information, visit the International Student and Scholar Services website.
Applicants who are not able to meet the English language proficiency are encouraged to consider the Master's Accelerator Program (MAP) at American University. Currently, the MA in Game Design is the only program that transitions from the MAP program. While in MAP, students may earn up to 9 credits towards their graduate degree.
The School of Communication offers application fee waivers for the following groups through the application system: American University students, alumni, or staff; AmeriCorps participants, City Year participants; Teach for America participants; McNair Scholars; Peace Corps participants; and first-generation college students. Other applicants who wish to request an application fee waiver are encouraged to send a request to the School of Communication Graduate Admissions office at email@example.com with relevant information and reasons for your request.
The preferred method to submit your supplemental items is online through the application system. All documents must be in PDF format. If you are not able to upload supplemental items through the application system, you may submit items using the following methods:
US Postal Mail:
School of Communication Graduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8001
SOC Graduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment
4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016-8001
No—all admissions decisions are final.
You may defer your admission for up to one year for all programs except the PhD in Communication. To defer your application, you are required to pay the $250 seat deposit. After you have paid your deposit, contact SOC’s Graduate Academic Services Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to request your deferment. Please note that merit awards will not be deferred. You will be reviewed again for the new year/term but we can not guarantee that you will receive the same amount of funding.
Students are required to pay a $250 seat deposit to secure their seat in the program. The seat deposit is a non-refundable payment that is credited towards your tuition.
You must wait one year to reapply to the same program.
Students who have stopped attending classes or who have been dismissed from AU and wish to return and complete their degree, must reapply. Applications for re-admission are subject to current admissions standards; even if you were previously offered admission, subsequent offers of admission are not guaranteed.
Below are the steps to complete this process:
Once all supplemental items have been received, we will mark your application complete and send it to the Admissions Committee for review. In addition to SOC’s Admissions Committee, the Office of Graduate Research and Services may review your application for re-admission.