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American University

School of Communication

Washington, DC

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Overview

American University / School of Communication is located in Washington, DC, in a suburban setting.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 159
Doctoral Degrees 4

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? Yes
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Comp Exam Required
Thesis Alternate accepted
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

887
Applied
389
Accepted
184
Enrolled
44%

Applying

55
Application Fee - Domestic
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?
Yes
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline February 1st February 1st Yes
Spring deadline October 15th October 15th No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 600
TOEFL IBT score: 100
IELTS: Required IELTS Paper score: 7

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards February 1
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

372
Total Graduate Students
5%
International Breakout (representing other countries)

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 7.8%
Black or African American 20.7%
White or Caucasian 40%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.27%
Asian 3.49%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3.23%
Unknown 18.28%

Gender

Male (30%)
Female (69%)

Faculty

81
Total faculty
Full-time - 58
Part-time - 23
Male (40)
Female (41)

Research

Focus of faculty research: New communication technology; documentaries and public broadcasting; litigation and public relations; dissident media; race, gender, and the media; international journalism and human rights; social media; media, technology and democracy; internet governance; intellectual property policy; disability and communication; social-issue games; platform governance; surveillance and society
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
McKinley Building 111
Washington, DC  20016
United States
Contact Dr. Laura DeNardis
Interim Dean
Email: denardis@american.edu
Phone: 202-885-2058
Fax: 202-885-2099

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