School of Communication & Journalism

Admissions Procedures

Program Application Form

Upcoming Application Deadline:

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, by 11:59 p.m. (central time)

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, by 11:59 p.m. (central time)


Communication, Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations are application majors. Students are considered pre-majors until accepted into one of the four programs.
 
Meeting the criteria below means only that a student is eligible to complete an application. Admission is not guaranteed. Admission to majors in the School of Communication and Journalism is selective, limited and highly competitive.
 

Admission Criteria for students admitted to Auburn University prior to Fall 2016

Admission to one of these majors is only obtained by applying directly to the School of Communication and Journalism after completing at least one semester at Auburn University and meeting the minimum criteria:

  1. Complete the 1000-level course required for your major:

  2. 2.3 GPA in ENGL 1100, 1120, and core Social Science

  3. 30 hours of AU courses (transfer credits included)
     

Admission Criteria for students admitted to Auburn University in Fall 2016 and after

Students must comply with these requirements to be admitted to any of the four majors in the School of Communication & Journalism:

Communication (COMM)

Students must apply for admission to the COMM major. All applicants must have successfully completed 30 hours of degree-applicable course credits (including AP and proficiency credits); earn a B or better in COMM 1000, and  a C or better in (CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103), ENGL 1120 and a core Social Science course (may not use a History course); and earn a minimum 2.3 GPA in ENGL 1120 and the Core Social Science course. Students who transfer to Auburn University must apply to the COMM major and complete one semester at Auburn University before applying for admission.

Journalism (JRNL)

Students must apply for admission to the JRNL major. Before applying, students must: 1) Have a minimum of a 2.3 GPA in ENGL 1120 and a Core Social Science course; 2) Complete ENGL 1120, CMJN 2100 or 2103, and a Core Social Science course with a C or better; 3) Successfully pass JRNL 1AA0 or JRNL 1100 with a “B” or better; 4) Complete JRNL 2210 with a “C” or better; 5) Successfully complete 30 hours of degree-applicable course credits (including AP and proficiency credits; and 6) Write a 300-word essay explaining how the applicant expects to contribute to the field of Journalism and his/her career goals. Students who transfer to Auburn University must apply to the JRNL major and complete one semester at Auburn University before applying for admission.

Media Studies (MDIA or MDIV)

Students must apply for admission to the MDIA major. Before applying, students must: 1) Have a minimum of a 2.3 GPA in ENGL 1120 and a Core Social Science course; 2) Complete ENGL 1120, CMJN 2100 or 2103, and a Core Social Science course with a C or better; 3) Successfully complete COMM 1000 or COMM 1003 with a B or better; 4) Successfully complete 30 hours of degree-applicable course credits (including AP and proficiency credits); and 5) Write a 300-word essay explaining how the applicant expects to contribute to the field of Media Studies and his/her career goals. Students who transfer to Auburn University must apply to the MDIA major and complete one semester at Auburn before applying for admission.

Public Relations (PRCM)

Students must apply for admission to the PRCM major. Before applying, students must: 1) Have a minimum of a 2.3 GPA in ENGL 1120 and a Core Social Science course; 2) Complete ENGL 1120, CMJN 2100 or 2103, and a Core Social Science course with a C or better; 3) Successfully pass JRNL 1AA0 or JRNL 1100 with a “B” or better; 4) Complete PRCM 2400 with a “C” or better; 5) Successfully complete 30 hours of degree-applicable course credits (including AP and proficiency credits; and 6) Write a 300-word essay explaining how the applicant expects to contribute to the field of Public Relations and his/her career goals. Students who transfer to Auburn University must apply to the PRCM major and complete one semester at Auburn University before applying for admission.

WHEN IS THE APPLICATION PERIOD EACH YEAR?

Students are admitted to the major on a space-available basis in late September, late January, early May and early August. The application deadline is posted each semester in the School of Communication and Journalism and on the School's website. Space is carefully determined based on our national accreditation standards and School resources and faculty.

WILL I AUTOMATICALLY BE SELECTED AS A MAJOR IF I MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND TAKE THE REQUIRED COURSES?

Completing the required 1000-level course and meeting the other requirements listed above means that a student is eligible to submit an application for acceptance into the major. No student is guaranteed admission into one of the School's four programs. Students are strongly encouraged not to wait until their junior or senior years to apply for admission. Pre-majors should apply for admission soon after completing the criteria listed above and taking 30 hours of AU core courses. Students who are not accepted into one of the School's four programs can meet with the School adviser for other curricular options.

WHAT DO I NEED TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO THE MAJOR?

  1. Attach a PDF of your unofficial transcript. You may access your transcript via AU Access and then save the transcript as a PDF. (Note: How to save the file as a PDF depends on whether you are using a PC or Mac and your Web browser. Please search Google on how to save a Webpage as a PDF if you are unsure how to do so.) 

  2. A 300-word essay explaining how you expect to contribute to the field of your major (Communication, Journalism, Media Studies, Visual Media or Public Relations) and your future career goals. 

  3. A resume. This is optional, but encouraged. 

IF I AM ACCEPTED INTO ONE OF THE FOUR PROGRAMS, HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO COMPLETE MY DEGREE?

All of the School's programs take a minimum of six semesters to complete. The coursework is sequential and many classes are taught only once per year. The number of available seats in skills-based and studio courses are limited to 15 to 18 students, per our national accreditation standards. On-campus or off-campus transfer students accepted into the program should anticipate that it will still take them six semesters to complete the program.

Questions  about  the  status  of  an  application should  be  directed  to  the  associate director in COMM, JRNL, MDIA or PRCM.

Communication: Dr. Debra Worthington, worthdl@auburn.edu, (334) 844-2756

Journalism: Professor John Carvalho, carvajp@auburn.edu,  (334) 844-4454

Media Studies: Dr. George Plasketes, plaskgm@auburn.edu, (334) 844-2760

Public Relations: Professor Terry Knight, trk0001@auburn.edu, (334) 844-4000

Questions about the application process for Communication, Journalism, Media Studies or Public Relations should be directed to our School Adviser Lori McLean, lam0010@auburn.edu, (334)844-2708

Last Updated: March 08, 2017