Answer: Yes – In fact, the majority of online master’s in communication programs do not include the submission of GRE scores as an admissions requirement. There are some, however, that do require students to submit standardized test scores as part of the application process. These types of programs fall into two categories: those that require GRE scores for all applicants, and those that require GRE scores on a conditional basis, depending on an applicant’s educational background or professional history.

The admission requirements for an online master’s in communication program vary by school and program. Typically, prospective students must complete an admission application and submit it along with a required application fee. Many programs also ask for official undergraduate transcripts (and graduate transcripts, if applicable), as well as have a particular GPA threshold applicants must meet (for example, a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or 3.0). A personal statement essay is often required in addition to these materials, and some programs ask for a resume as well. In certain cases, students may need to take part in a phone or Skype interview with program faculty, or even record and submit a video interview answering specific questions administered by the program.

It is important to note that the majority of online master’s in communication programs have a selective admission policy. This means that even if a student meets the required criteria for admission, they are not guaranteed to be accepted into the program. For example, a program may require an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, but the average GPA of students who are admitted to the program may actually be higher, like 3.3 or 3.5.

Currently, MastersinCommunications.com lists a total of 105 online master’s in communication programs offered by colleges and universities in the United States in its proprietary and comprehensive database. GRE requirements for those programs are as follows:

  • Total online programs: 105
  • Online programs that do not require the GRE: 67
  • Online programs that require the GRE: 14
  • Online programs that required GRE scores on a conditional basis: 24

Prospective students should be sure to carefully review a program’s policy regarding GRE scores before applying, to see if they are not required, required for all applicants, or only required on a conditional basis. For programs that require the GRE, students typically must have taken the exam within a specific timeframe, often within the last five years, in order for their scores to be accepted. In addition, admissions criteria can and do change over time, so students should check with an admissions advisor or program director at any prospective program before applying to get the most up-to-date requirements.

Online Master’s in Communication Programs with No GRE Required

As noted above, there are currently 67 programs that do not require the GRE for admission. However, some of these may allow students who have taken the exam and scored well to submit their scores to be considered along with their other application materials. This could potentially improve a student’s chances of being accepted, especially if the program is highly selective or the student’s application is weaker in some areas. Again, most schools require that the GRE be taken within a specific timeframe, typically within the last five years, in order to be considered as part of a student’s application.

Online Master’s in Communication Programs that Require the GRE on a Conditional Basis

Online programs that require the GRE on a conditional basis, or allow students to waive the GRE requirement, generally handle this in one of three ways:

  • Based on a student’s undergraduate GPA
  • Based on professional work experience
  • Based on previous academic achievement

In some cases, schools base the requirement for GRE scores on an applicant’s undergraduate GPA. For these programs, students are only required to submit test scores if their GPA fails to meet a certain minimum threshold, which is typically 3.0 (although, for a few schools, it is as low as 2.5). If a student does not meet the minimum GPA requirement for admission, a satisfactory GRE score may be used for conditional acceptance. There are also programs that require the GRE, but will waive the requirement if a student’s GPA exceeds the minimum required for the program. For example, if a program requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in addition to GRE scores, they may waive the GRE requirement if an applicant’s GPA is above 3.5. The typical GPA range for this type of waiver is 3.3 to 3.7, depending on the program.

Other programs may base the requirement for GRE scores on professional accomplishment, allowing applicants to apply for a GRE waiver if they have a certain number of years of related work experience. This waiver is not always guaranteed, though, and schools typically require students to submit a resume and personal statement in order to be considered. The required amount of professional experience varies by program, with some requiring as few as two years of work in a related field. However, most of these programs require a minimum of five to six years of related professional experience to waive the GRE requirement.

The third condition some programs use to determine the requirement for GRE scores is academic achievement. In these cases, students who have already earned a master’s degree in another field may be exempt from having to take the GRE. Some programs simply do not require GRE scores from applicants with a master’s degree, while others may require them to submit a request for a GRE waiver.

GRE Testing Requirements by Online Master’s in Communication Program

The following table contains the GRE requirements for all online master’s in communication programs listed on the site. To learn more about each program, including online instruction methods, example courses, admission requirements, program start dates, tuition costs, and more, click on the program name.

School Program GRE Required Testing Requirements
American University Online Master of Arts in Strategic Communication (with Optional Concentration in Advocacy and Social Impact) No GRE not required
Arizona State University Online Master of Arts in Communication (Focus in Workplace Communication) No GRE not required
Arizona State University Online Master of Science in Technical Communication No GRE not required
Asbury University Online Master of Arts in Communication Arts for Media Professionals (with an Emphasis in Digital Storytelling) No GRE not required (unless GPA is below 2.5)
Ashland University Online Master of Arts in Corporate and Strategic Communication (with Concentrations in Health & Risk Communication, and Public Relations) No GRE not required
Austin Peay State University Online Master of Arts in Communication Arts (with Specializations in General Communication, and Corporate Communication, and Concentrations in Marketing Communication, and Media Management) Conditionally GRE required - GRE can be waived with a GPA greater than 3.5 or if applicant has completed a master's degree (minimum GRE scores if required - verbal section: 140, quantitative section: 140)
Bay Path University Online Master of Science in Communications and Information Management No No GRE or GMAT required
Bay Path University Online Master of Science in Communications (with an Emphasis in Emerging and Social Media) No No GRE or GMAT required
Bellevue University Online Master of Arts in Business and Professional Communication (with Concentrations in Business, Computer Information Systems, Executive Coaching, Human Resource Management, Project Management, and Transnational and Cross-Cultural Communication) No GRE not required
Boston University Online Master of Science in Health Communication No GRE not required
Bowling Green State University Online Master of Arts in Media & Communication (with a Specialization in Strategic Communication) Conditionally GRE required - students with at least 3 years of professional experience and a GPA greater than 3.0 may be able to waive the GRE
Brenau University Online Master of Arts in Communication and Media Studies No GRE not required
California Baptist University Online Master of Arts in Communication (Generalist Program) No GRE not required
Concordia University, Saint Paul Online Master of Arts in Strategic Communication Management No GRE not required
Drake University Online Master of Arts in Communication (with Specializations in Communication Leadership, Brand Communication, and Public Affairs and Advocacy) Conditionally GRE not required if GPA greater than 2.5 (students with a GPA between 2.25 to 2.49 must take either the GRE (minimum composition of 500), GMAT (minimum score of 450 in each section) or MAT (minimum score of 389))
Drexel University Online Master of Science in Communication (with Concentrations in Public Communication, Technical Communication, and Science and Health Communication) No GRE not required, but recommended if GPA below 3.0
Duquesne University Online Master of Arts in Corporate Communication (with Specializations in Crisis and Risk Communication, Management Communication, Nonprofit Communication, and Integrated Marketing Communication) Yes GRE required
Duquesne University Online Master of Arts in Communication (with Emphasis Areas in Communication Studies, and Rhetoric and Philosophy of Technology) Yes GRE required
East Carolina University Online Master of Arts in Communication (with an Emphasis in Health Communication) Conditionally GRE required - students with 5-10 years of professional communication experience who completed their undergraduate degree 5-10+ years ago may apply for a GRE waiver (professional track)
Eastern Illinois University Online Master of Arts in Communication Studies (with a Concentration in Communication and Leadership) No GRE not required
Eastern Michigan University Online Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications No GRE not required
Eastern New Mexico University Online Master of Arts in Communication (with Areas of Focus in Public Relations, Journalism, and Media Literacy and Criticism) No GRE not required
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Online Master of Arts in Communication Studies (with Areas of Emphasis in Managerial and Leadership Communication, and Integrated Marketing Communication) Conditionally GRE required unless applicant has an master's degree or 2+ years of professional experience (can apply for a GRE waiver)
Florida International University Online Master of Science in Mass Communication (with a Focus on Global Strategic Communications) Conditionally GRE required - students may petition for a GRE waiver if they have either a master's degree, can demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, or have a history of professional accomplishment
Fordham University Online Master of Science in Strategic Marketing Communications Conditionally GRE or GMAT required - students may be able to waive the GRE/GMAT requirement with a strong academic background and sufficient professional experience
Franklin University Online Master of Science in Marketing & Communication Conditionally GRE not required unless GPA below 2.75
Georgetown University Online Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations & Corporate Communications (with Focus Areas in Corporate Communications, Digital Communications, and Public Relations) No GRE not required
Georgetown University Online Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Marketing Communications No GRE not required
Georgetown University Online Master of Professional Studies in Design Management & Communications No GRE not required
Gonzaga University Online Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership Studies (with Optional Concentrations in Strategic & Organizational Communication, College Teaching of Communication, Global Leadership, Digital Media Strategies, and Servant Leadership) No GRE not required
Johns Hopkins University Online Master of Arts in Communication (with Optional Concentrations in Applied Research in Communication, Public and Media Relations, Political Communication, Health Communication, Digital Communication, and Corporate and Non-Profit Communication) Conditionally GRE not required if GPA greater than 3.0 or if applicant has 5+ years of post-baccalaureate work experience
Kent State University Online Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication (with a Concentration in Journalism Education) Conditionally GRE required - GRE may be waived for students with 5 or more years of professional experience (minimum recommended GRE scores verbal = 152, analytical writing = 3.5)
Lasell College Online Master of Science in Communication (with Specialized Concentrations in Health Communication, Integrated Marketing Communication, and Public Relations) No GRE not required
Liberty University Online Master of Arts in Communication (General Program) No GRE not required
Liberty University Online Master of Arts in Strategic Communication No GRE not required
Lynn University Online Master of Science in Communication and Media (with Specializations in Media Studies and Practice, and Digital Media) No GRE not required
Marist College Online Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communication Conditionally GRE may be required for admission - GRE scores not required unless program director requests them after reviewing application
Marquette University Online Master of Arts in Corporate Communication Conditionally GRE or GMAT required - students with an undergraduate GPA greater than 3.25 can request a GRE/GMAT waiver
Mercer University Online Master of Science in Technical Communication Management (MSTCM) No GRE not required
Michigan State University Online Masters of Arts in Strategic Communication No GRE not required
Minnesota State University, Mankato Online Master of Science in Communication Studies (with Specializations in Organization and Conflict, and Culture and Relationships) No GRE not required
Minnesota State University, Mankato Online Master of Science in Communication & Composition No GRE not required
Minnesota State University, Mankato Online Master of Arts in Technical Communication No GRE not required
Mississippi College Online Master of Science in Communication - Integrated Communication (Generalist Program) Yes GRE required - applicants can inquire about a GRE waiver
Mississippi College Online Master of Science in Communication - Professional Communication (Program in Health Services Administration) Yes GRE required - applicants can inquire about a GRE waiver
Missouri State University Online Master of Arts in Communication (with a Specialization in Conflict, Organizational Communication and Public Relations) Yes GRE required - minimum GRE scores of 153 on verbal section and 140 on quantitative section
Missouri State University Online Master of Professional Studies in Applied Communication Conditionally GRE not required if GPA 3.0 or greater, if GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 - GRE (minimum score 290) or GMAT (minimum score 450) required
Missouri University of Science and Technology Online Master of Science in Technical Communication Yes GRE required - no minimum score required to apply
Morehead State University Online Master of Arts in Communication (General Program with Electives) Conditionally GRE required (minimum GRE score of 163 on the verbal section) - students who have already completed a master's program may forego the GRE
Murray State University Online Master's in Organizational Communication (MS or MA) No GRE not required
National University Online Master of Arts in Strategic Communications Conditionally GRE not required if GPA greater than 2.5 (students with a GPA of 2.0 to 2.49 must submit satisfactory scores on either the GRE, GMAT or MAT for probationary acceptance)
New Jersey Institute of Technology Online Master of Science in Professional and Technical Communication (MSPTC) No GRE not required (unless student earned their degree outside the U.S.)
Northeastern University Online Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication (with Concentrations in Social Media and Online Communities, Public and Media Relations, Human Resource Management, Usability/User Experience, Project Management, Leadership, Leading Communication Strategy and Talent Development, and Cross-Cultural Communication (Social Justice or International Tracks)) No GRE not required
Northeastern University Online Master of Science in Technical Communication (with Concentrations in Computer Industry Writing, Social Media and Online Communities Concentration, and Usability/User Experience) No GRE not required
Northern Arizona University Online Master of Arts in Communication (with Emphasis Areas in General Communication and Documentary Studies) Yes GRE required
Northwestern University Online Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications Conditionally GRE or GMAT required - students may request a GRE and GMAT waiver if they have 5+ years of FT work experience in marketing or a related field, or if they graduated from Northwestern
Notre Dame of Maryland University Online Master of Arts in Contemporary Communication (General Program with Electives) No GRE not required
Ohio University Online Master of Arts in Organizational Communication Conditionally GRE not required if GPA 3.0 or greater, if GPA below 3.0 GRE is required
Park University Online Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership (with an Organizational Emphasis) No GRE not required
Penn State World Campus Online Master of Professional Studies in Strategic Communications No GRE not required
Point Park University Online Master of Arts in Communication Technology (with Concentrations in Social Media, and Applied Practices) No GRE not required
Purdue University Online Master of Science in Communication (with Concentrations in Strategic Communication/Public Relations, and Integrated Communication & Advertising) No GRE not required, recommended if GPA below 3.0
Queens University of Charlotte Online Master of Arts in Communication (with an Optional Integrated Digital Strategy Concentration) Conditionally GRE not required with a cumulative GPA greater than 3.0, GPA below 3.0 must provide GRE scores (minimum score per section: Verbal 153, Quantitative 140, Analytical 4.0) (applicants with 5+ years of post-baccalaureate work experience may be able to appeal GRE requirement)
Regent University Online Master of Arts in Communication (with Concentrations in Media & Arts Management & Promotion, Political Communication, Strategic Communication, and Technical Communication) No GRE not required
Rider University Online Master of Arts in Business Communication (with a Concentration in Health Communication) No GRE not required
Rutgers University Online Master of Communication and Media (with a Specialization in Digital Media) Conditionally GRE waiver may be submitted if applicant has an undergraduate GPA greater than 3.5, another graduate degree in a related field, or 5+ years of related work experience, otherwise the GRE is required (with combined score of ~150 verbal, ~140 quantitative, and a writing score 4.0 or greater preferred)
Sam Houston State University Online Master of Arts in Communication Studies (with Areas of Study in Gendered Communication, Health Communication, and Interpersonal and Family Communication) Conditionally GRE required - students with a master's degree may submit a GRE waiver to appeal having to submit GRE scores
South Dakota State University Online Master of Mass Communication No GRE not required
Southern New Hampshire University Online Master of Arts in Communication (with Optional Concentrations in New Media & Marketing, and Public Relations) No GRE not required
Southern Utah University Online Master of Arts in Professional Communication (General Program with Electives) Conditionally GRE required - applicants may submit a GRE waiver request (waiver is not guaranteed) with a GPA greater than 3.7 or with 3+ years of professional communication work experience (if required, minimum combined GRE score 290, analytical writing score 4.0)
Spring Arbor University Online Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership No GRE not required
St Bonaventure University Online Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communications No GRE not required
Stephen F Austin State University Online Master of Arts in Mass Communication (with Concentrations in Advertising and Public Relations, Journalism, and Broadcasting) No GRE not required
Stevenson University Online Master of Science in Communication Studies (General Program) No GRE not required
Syracuse University Communications@Syracuse Online Master of Science in Communications (with Areas of Specialization in Advertising, Public Relations, and Journalism Innovation) No GRE not required; students may submit GRE or GMAT scores if they think they will improve their application
Temple University Online Master of Science in Communication Management (with Focus Areas in Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution, and Strategic Communication and Cross-Cultural Leadership) Yes GRE required (scores above 65th percentile recommended)
Texas Tech University Online Master's in Strategic Communication & Innovation Conditionally GRE not required unless GPA below 3.0
Texas Tech University Online Master of Arts in Technical Communication (with Areas of Emphasis in Rhetoric, Composition, and Technology; Technical Communication; Rhetorics of Science and Healthcare; Technology, Culture, and Rhetoric; and Visual Rhetoric, New Media, and User-Centered Design) No GRE not required
The College of New Rochelle Online Master of Science in Communication Management and Media (with a Concentration in Leadership, Communication Consulting, and Entrepreneurship) No GRE not required
The University of Alabama Online Master of Arts in Communication Studies (with a Specialization in Organizational Leadership) Yes GRE or MAT required (combined score on the verbal and quantitative sections of at least 300; MAT: 50th percentile or higher)
The University of Iowa Online Master of Arts in Strategic Communication No GRE not required
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Online Master of Arts in Digital Communication Yes GRE required (minimum GRE scores - verbal section: 55th percentile, quantitative section: 50th percentile)
Troy University Online Master of Science in Strategic Communication Yes GRE, GMAT or MAT required (GRE combined 290 or higher on verbal plus quantitative sections; MAT minimum 385; GMAT minimum 380)
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Online Master of Arts in Mass Communication (with a Mass Media Research Option, and a Professional Mass Media Option with Tracks in Multi-Platform Journalism, or Strategic Communication/Public Relations) No GRE not required, students who do not meet regular admission requirements may submit GRE scores for consideration
University of Central Florida Online Master of Arts in English - Technical Communication Yes Competitive GRE score required (GRE must have been taken within the last 5 years)
University of Central Missouri Online Master of Arts in Communication (General Program with Electives) No GRE not required
University of Denver Online Master of Arts in Communication Management (with Concentrations in Dispute Resolution, Leadership Communication, Learning and Development, Marketing Communication, Organizational Development, and Public Relations) No GRE not required
University of Florida Online Master of Arts in Mass Communication with Specializations in Audience Analytics, Digital Strategy, Global Strategic Communication, Political Communication, Public Relations, Social Media, and Web Design Conditionally GRE required (minimum GRE scores of 156 verbal, 146 quantitative) - students with a graduate degree may seek a GRE waiver
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Online Master of Science in Health Communication No GRE not required
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Online Master of Science in Strategic Brand Communication No GRE not required
University of Louisiana at Monroe Online Master of Arts in Communication (with a Concentration in Strategic Communication) Yes GRE required
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Online Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications (with Specializations in Integrated Media Communications (Advertising and Public Relations), and Professional Journalism) No GRE not required
University of Southern California Online Master of Communication Management (with a Focus in Corporate Communication, Strategic Communication, and Public Relations) Conditionally GRE or GMAT required, waiver may be available for qualified applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and 5 to 9 years of experience, or with 10+ years of experience
University of Wisconsin-Stout Online Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication (MSTPC) No GRE not required
Utah State University Online Master of Technical Communication Yes GRE, MAT or GMAT required - min 40th percentile
Washburn University Online Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership No GRE not required
Washington State University Online Master of Arts in Strategic Communication No GRE not required
Webster University Online Master of Arts in Advertising and Marketing Communications No GRE not required
Webster University Online Master of Arts in Communications Management (Focus in Media and Organizational Communication) No GRE not required
Webster University Online Master of Arts in Media Communications No GRE not required
Webster University Online Master of Arts in Communications Arts (for Educators) (with Emphases in General Communication Arts) No GRE not required
West Virginia University Online Master of Arts in Corporate and Organizational Communication No GRE not required
West Virginia University Online Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications No GRE not required
West Virginia University Online Master of Science in Data Marketing Communications No GRE not required
Western New England University Online Master of Arts in Communication (with a Concentration in Public Relations) No GRE not required