How to Apply

Love Statue in the Snow on UPenn Campus Penn University of Pennsylvania ASC Annenberg School for Communications

Dates to Remember

August 1

The Annenberg School begins accepting applications for the fall term that begins the following calendar year. 

November 1

GRE and TOEFL exams should be complete (see checklist below) to ensure they are received by December 1.

December 1

Statement of Purpose, CV, Test Scores, Transcripts, and Online Application must be submitted and application fee paid. (Fee waivers are available for McNair Fellows, participants in the National Name Exchange, or those with demonstrated financial need. Contact Joanne Murray for more information.)

December 15

All letters of recommendation must be received.

April 1

Last date for the School to notify you about admission decisions.

Requirements and Instructions

Set Up Your User ID and Password

Set up your user ID when the application opens August 1. An email will be sent to you from 'applyweb' with instructions on setting up your password. You may then log in to start your application. Please note: All documents are submitted electronically via the online application form. The Annenberg School for Communication does not accept paper applications.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Letters should come from individuals who are familiar with your academic abilities and scholarly work. Please submit no more than three letters.

Annenberg’s online application system will generate a request for a recommendation letter. It will be sent from your email address to your recommender. Please have each recommender's contact information (including email address and phone number) ready when you log on to begin your application.

Please ask each recommender to submit your letter as a Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF document. However, if any of your recommenders prefers to provide a hard copy letter instead of using email, please request that the document be mailed to our admissions office before the December 15 deadline. Our mailing address is:

The Annenberg School for Communication Admissions Office
University of Pennsylvania
3620 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104-6220

Statement of Purpose

Your statement of purpose should discuss your potential research area or topic and its relationship to an Annenberg School for Communication faculty member, research center, or lab. Please describe in detail how your academic and professional background, interests, and preparation in the social sciences, the humanities, and other studies support your research topic. The statement should also address the question of what career objectives an Annenberg degree would help you realize. The statement should be double spaced and must not exceed 1,000 words.

The file should be a Word or Adobe pdf file. You will attach it to the online application.

CV or Resume

A CV or Resume should include references to major research projects, a thesis, and other scholarly papers and accomplishments.

The file should be a Word or Adobe pdf file. You will attach it to the online application.

Graduate Record Examination Aptitude (GRE)

Applicants are required to have taken the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test (GRE) before they can be considered for admission. This is a University of Pennsylvania requirement which we cannot waive. Your file will not be reviewed without GRE scores.

GRE scores are valid and reportable only for five years from the test date. The test may be taken internationally. Please see the GRE website for testing locations in your area.

The ETS code for the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania is (2926) on the request form.

Applicants should allow at least six weeks for GRE scores to be processed and received. Information about the GRE may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000.

Please arrange for us to receive an official report of your general GRE test scores before the application deadline of December 1.

Tests for Non-Native Speakers of English

Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing System (IELTS). The receipt of a baccalaureate or master's degree from a U.S. college or university does not exempt the applicant from submitting official test scores. The ETS Code for the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania is 2926.


Applicants may scan and attach student copies of academic transcripts to the application. If you are currently taking classes you will not need to send us an updated transcript once your grades are submitted.

One official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work will be required if you are offered admission to the program. An offer of admission will be contingent upon verification of student records with official transcripts from your institutions. Only graduates of a college or university will be admitted to the Annenberg School graduate program.

$70 Application Fee

Payment may be made by credit card online or by mailing a check or money order payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.

International applicants applying from abroad who are not using credit cards should provide a $70 check drawn on a U.S. bank or international postal money order.

Fee waivers are available for McNair Fellows, participants in the National Name Exchange, or those with demonstrated financial need. Contact Joanne Murray for more information.

Optional Writing Sample

You may submit whatever you feel best displays your scholarly writing ability. The sample must not exceed 10 pages, double-spaced, and may be an excerpt from a larger work. Please upload the writing sample using the online application.

NOTE: An application is considered complete when we have received all of the above items. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.