Undergraduate Admission

Step 1: Choose your major

Which of the Park School's 10 undergraduate degree programs is right for you? Explore the world of entertainment media, news, sports, and non-fiction media, advertising and corporate communication, and emerging digital media—here's a quick guide to help you learn how your talents and passions align with our 10 undergraduate majors. 

If you have questions, contact an admission counselor or the director(s) of the program(s) that interests you (you can also click on “Faculty and Staff” from any degree program description page).

Step 2: Apply via the Common Application

For detailed instructions, see Steps to Apply. If you have questions, please contact an admission counselor.

Please note: We do not require an interview, audition, or portfolio. We also do not require that students have previous media experience. Instead, we look for talent, openness to exploring the intellectual and professional aspects of the media industries, persistence, leadership, and a pattern of academic excellence. We do encourage you to set up a meeting with a member of our faculty or staff so that you can learn more about our offerings and expectationsand we can learn more about you than the limited amount you can share on the Common Application. 

Step 3: Optional: Apply to the Park Scholar Program

If you want to use the power of the media to make a positive impact on the world, are passionate about communication technologies, and have a deep commitment to service, consider applying to the Park Scholar Program. It provides full funding for tuition, living expenses, course-related materials, and academically-related travel.

Graduate Admission

The Park School offers two master’s degree programs for working professionals. Both are primarily online and have minimal on-campus residency requirements.

The M.S. in Communications Innovation is designed for professionals in any aspect of the communications/media field who have mastered their craft and now seek to go beyond their current "box" to become leaders and innovators. The two-year program is primarily online and admits only a small cohort of learners who collaborate intensively with one another and their professors to develop skills and insights in design thinking, quantitative and qualitative analysis, ethics and regulation in the media industries, leadership across cultures, change and conflict management, consumer behavior, and transmedia storytelling. During the two years, students choose several long-weekend “destination intensives” at innovation centers such as the Disney Imagineers, South by Southwest conference, and Silicon Valley companies such as Facebook. The degree culminates in an R&D project for the student’s employer or own entrepreneurial venture. Applicants to the program must have a minimum of five years' professional experience and a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

The M.F.A. in Image Text is a unique terminal degree program focused on the intersection of writing and photography. Students in our exploratory, flexible, and innovative 25-month program work directly with faculty and visiting artists during three annual month-long summer sessions in Ithaca, New York, and during two annual week-long winter sessions in a major international cultural center. During the fall and spring academic terms, students pursue independent study in close consultation with their faculty advisors. We welcome applicants with backgrounds in writing, photography, and other lens-based media, and artists working across these forms and disciplines. Experience in both text and image-making is not required, but applicants must submit a portfolio that demonstrates sustained work in at least one of these areas.

We also partner with IC's School of Business which offers an M.B.A. in Entertainment and Media Management. It's an intensive one-year on-campus degree program that teaches the skills and knowledge necessary to manage, develop, and distribute creative content.

Apply to a graduate degree program in communications.