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  • 21 Graduate Faculty
  • 83 Students, all with individual plans of study
  • About 400 applications completed each year of which 20 are admitted. There are no hard and fast rules regarding the students Annenberg accepts into our program, but we can say that most successful applicants present the following profile:
    • A GRE verbal score over 155 and quantitative score over 146 with a writing score over 4.5.
    • The GPA is considered as well as the course load and relative degree of course difficulty
      • Average undergraduate GPA is 3.76
    • TOEFL or IELTS score that demonstrates English competence (for non-native English speaking candidates only)
      • Average TOEFL of admitted candidates is 115
  • All of our Ph.D. program students receive four years of financial support including nine-month Research or Teaching Fellowship stipend, medical coverage, and a waiver of University tuition. Summer Fellowships are also available to all research and teaching fellows. In the fifth year, at the dissertation stage all students are eligible for a twelve month Dissertation Research Fellowship to help complete the degree.
  • Average time to degree is 5.7 years
Graduates by Employment Sector
Annenberg School for Communication

University of Pennsylvania Institution Type Total %
Government 2 3
Healthcare 2 3
Industry / Corporate 10 9
Non-Academic Cultural Institution 2 3
Post Secondary Education 85 79
Independent Scholar 1 1

Of the 85 graduates who chose an academic career the last ten years , 4 are tenured. Another 59 graduates are currently in tenure track positions at places such as Cornell University, University of Texas at Austin, Northwestern, Georgetown, University of Delaware, American University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michigan State University, National University of Singapore, IE University, Korea University, Hebrew University, University of Amsterdam. Of the remaining 22 students on an academic track, eight are in non-tenure track teaching positions, three are in non-tenure track research positions, eight hold post doctoral fellowships, one is in academic administration, and one is unknown.