Strategic Communication Master's Application Process

Application Deadlines

StratCom online has a rolling admission. We recruit cohorts of 15-20 for fall, spring and summer semesters. Here are the deadlines:

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: April 1

Application Details

  1. Complete the Graduate School Application. The fee is $65 (Domestic) or $75 (International) and can be paid with credit card, check (US Funds), or money order. Use program code: 6328 – Strategic Communication

  2. Upload the following materials to the Applicant Portal : 

    • Email addresses for your three recommenders (Note: An email will be sent out to your recommenders providing them the information on where to go to submit their letters electronically. So please be sure to list accurate information. The department will only accept letters submitted via the online system. The department will not accept letters submitted through any other format.)

    • Academic Statement [one-page narrative of your academic journey]

    • Personal Statement [one-page narrative or your personal journey. i.e. family, growing up, hobbies, etc.]

    • Resume or Vita

  3. Send the following materials to the Director of MA Studies, Strategic Communication Program, 404 Wilson Road, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824:

    • One copy of official and original transcripts and degree certification documents for all college work. Please note that the department will only accept official transcripts from the institution; they cannot come from prospective students. Alumni who received their bachelors degree at MSU do not have to send transcripts. All other materials should be reported electronically through the Applicant Portal or reported via ETS to the University. Supporting materials sent as a hard copy that should be submitted electronically in the Applicant Portal will not be accepted by the department. Due to COVID-19, please have a copy of your transcripts and degree certification documents for all college work sent from your previous institutions via email to

    • Applicants from China: During the application process, applicants submit certified copies (sealed and stamped by institutions) of all post-secondary transcripts, graduation certificates and degrees directly to the Strategic Communication program (see address above). MSU requires these documents in the original language (Chinese) as well as an official English translation. 

  4.  TOEFL or IELTS test scores for international students -International students from countries where English is not the native language will be required to take the TOEFL test.

    TOEFL - The department requires a minimum of 91 IBT with no sub-scores below 22, or a 237 CBT with no sub-scores below 22 or a 580 PBT with no sub-scores below 55. Reported scores must be no older than 2 years from the date of the first day of classes for the semester being admitted. The department requires a minimum of 6.5. You don’t need to enter the scores when you complete and submit your initial application. Report your scores directly to the MSU Office of Admissions

    IELTS - The department requires an average score of 6.5. The score can not be more than 2 years old from the date of the first day of classes for the semester being admitted. You don’t need to enter the scores when you complete and submit your initial application.

    Send your IELTS scores to:

       Jennifer Trenkamp
       Communication Arts and Sciences Building
       404 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI 48824-1212

After you have completed your admissions application, you should automatically be taken to the Graduate Admissions Management System (GAMS), where you will create an account, select the Strategic Communication, 6328, and fill out the GAMS app as instructed.

Once the department receives the application and transcripts, they will be reviewed by the director.


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