Admission Information

At this time, the admissions process is closed for the 2017-18 academic year. If you'd like to inquire about applying in the future, please contact Dean Diane Gayeski at

Applicants to the master’s degree in communications must possess an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent). International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 114 (Internet-based test). Due to required international travel, an valid passport is required.

Application includes a résumé, college transcript, letters of recommendation, and interview (in person or via teleconference with director).

The tuition for the blended learning two-year MS degree in Communication Innovation is U.S. $56,000, not including travel expenses. Fellows are allowed to divide tuition costs into four payments (one per semester) of $14,000.

To apply online, click here.

Admission FAQs

Here are some of the questions that we're frequently asked by prospective graduate students:

What credit cards are accepted for the required $40 application fee?

The application fee can be paid online by credit card. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.

What are the next steps after I submit my application?

  • Pay application fee (if not done at time of submission).
  • Arrange to have official transcripts and letters of recommendation sent to the Office of Admission.
  • Monitor application checklist regularly to determine if there are outstanding items. Continue monitoring once application is complete, for news of your decision.

How quickly will the admission decision be made on my application?

It's difficult to provide a specific answer because every program is different and it depends on the time of year that you apply.

What is the application deadline for my program?

Application deadlines vary by program. Please visit the Admission Requirements page for specifics.

How do I know if you've received my letters of recommendation or other materials?

You can monitor what items have been received and what items remain outstanding from the App Checklist menu in your myIthaca account.

If I am accepted can I defer my admission to a later date?

You can request that your admission be deferred. To do so, please send an e-mail to with information on the reasons for your deferral and what you plan to do during the period of deferral. Your request will be reviewed and you will be notified of the decision. If your request to defer is granted, you will need to submit the $150 enrollment deposit to secure your space.

How do I submit transcripts for my application?

It is your responsibility to contact each institution to request that transcripts be sent to Admissions by the appropriate closing date.

  • Request one official transcript from each collegiate institution you have ever attended regardless of whether you received college credit from that institution.
  • Failure to disclose and submit transcripts from all colleges attended, even if no credit was earned, may result in denial of admission or dismissal.
  • You must send transcripts showing coursework through the most recently completed quarter or semester.

Paper Transcripts

Official paper transcripts should be mailed by the Registrar of the sending institution to:

Ithaca College
Office of Admission
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Electronic Transcripts

An official transcript may be sent electronically by the Registrar using the sending institution’s secure electronic submission system to

Transcripts sent from a personal e-mail are not official.

Where should I send my recommendations?

Recommenders must submit letters electronically. As you complete the graduate application you will be asked to submit the names and e-mail addresses of your recommenders. When you submit your application, those you have named will receive a message which will allow them to electronically submit their recommendations directly to Ithaca College.

If you wish to have additional letters added to your application, direct the recommender to the online submission form.

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“I'm only in my first few months of the master’s program, but it’s already made an impact on me and changed how I approach my work at Showtime. In fact, very early on in the program, while taking a class on collaboration, I was able to bring in a new concept that we read about and apply it to a workflow issue that I was having in my department.”

Erin Joyce
Communications Innovation ’16
Director, Multi-Platform Content, Showtime Networks