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Applications are accepted to the doctoral program for Fall admission only.  Because Moving Image Studies is a highly interdisciplinary program, we accept students of high potential with M.A. degrees in diverse areas of the humanities, including Cinema/  Television Studies, English, Communication, Foreign Languages/  Literatures, and other areas.



December 1: For full consideration for financial aid/ assistantship, application must be received by December 1.

February 10: Final deadline for doctoral program application. (While applications submitted for the February 10 deadline are carefully considered, we cannot guarantee that spaces will be available in the incoming doctoral class, or that financial support fill be available).



In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Communication has the following requirements:

  • Acceptable scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE exam. Currently the median combined verbal plus quantitative score for our doctoral students is around 1200. The minimum score for consideration for admission (combined verbal and quantitative) is 1000, with a verbal score of 500 or higher.
  • A high standard of overall undergraduate and M.A.-level achievement.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant's potential for doctoral work.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/ universities the applicant has attended.
  • Personal statement of educational, research, and career goals. The personal statement is generally 1 to 2 pages (single spaced), in essay form, which gives the admissions committee a sense of who you are, your intellectual formation and interests, and your reasons for wanting to pursue the doctorate in Moving Image Studies in our department.
  • A writing sample. Generally this is a researched, critical essay of standard article length (about 20 pages double-spaced).



For more information, please contact the appropriate Graduate Director:

For Moving Image Studies:

Dr. Jennifer Barker


Georgia State University
Department of Communication
1051 One Park Place
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-413-5626
Fax: 404-413-5793

For Rhetoric & Politics and Media & Society:

Dr. Natalie Tindall


Georgia State University
Department of Communication
1022 One Park Place
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-413-5642
Fax: 404-413-5685