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Communication and the Arts Graduate Admissions COVID-19 Response

As we continue to navigate and adjust to the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to assure you that the College of Communication and the Arts is here to assist in your pursuit of a graduate degree. Here is information to help answer any questions you may have and address some common concerns regarding the Spring 2021 graduate application process.  

For more details on how Seton Hall University is working toward offering both remote and on-campus options, visit the Health Intervention Communication's Planning page.

  • Standardized Test Scores. Due to test site closures, we have expanded our GRE/MAT test waiver criteria. Specifically, applicants may waive the GRE/MAT requirement if they have earned a cumulative GPA is 3.4 or higher (on 4 point scale) at the time of application, as part of their undergraduate course work. For applicants with an existing earned Master's-level degree, the GRE/MAT may be waived in cases of a cumulative graduate degree GPA of 3.0 or higher (on 4 point scale). For applicants who need to complete the GRE, an at-home version of the exam is now available from ETS. Additional information is available here. Please be certain to indicate Seton Hall as a recipient of your score report to ensure prompt transmission of scores. Seton Hall's institution code is 2811. 
  • English Proficiency Exam. International students in need of a language proficiency exam such as the TOEFL or IELTS, ETS just announced the availability of an at-home testing option in several countries. Learn more and register via ETS.
  • Letter of Recommendation. Given that many academic professionals have modified and expanded work schedules, the College acknowledges that applicants may encounter challenges to obtain the required three references. As a result, we are require only two references from all applicants. If you recently submitted your application and are awaiting a third letter of recommendation, no action is required on your behalf and our team will review your application once two letters are received. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your letters of recommendation, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or by phone at (973) 382-3801. 
  • Transcripts and Evaluations. In addition to postal mail, the University is set up to receive official e-transcripts. If your institution offers official, e-transcripts, please arrange for it to be sent directly by the institution to shugrad@shu.edu. Should your institution only offer transcripts by postal mail, our mail is monitored and it will be added to your application as soon as possible upon receipt. Our postal address is available here.
  • Application Review. During this period, the Admissions Committee remains committed to reviewing applications on schedule. Applicants should expect to receive a decision, via email, regarding their application within 14 business days after all items are confirmed as received.
  • Priority Deadline. Applicants should submit complete applications and all supporting materials by May 1 (Fall semester) and November 1 (Spring semester). Extensions to the Priority Deadlines sometimes occur and these updates are communicated via emailApplications for the Fall are due no later than August 1 and December 1 for the Spring. However, we encourage applicants to submit their application and all supporting materials as soon as possible for maximum scholarship consideration, including the availability of Graduate Assistantships. Additional information about scholarships is available on our microsite.

Remember, we remain open and available to assist. Please do not hesitate to contact us via email  or by calling our office at (973) 275-4844.