Applying to the Communication for Development and Social Change Program

Applications for admission to the Master of Science in Communication for Development and Social Change degree program are evaluated on a rolling basis, and a new cohort begins the program in early August each year. (The program does not allow spring admission.) International applicants should apply by March 1 each year, in order to allow time for international transcript evaluation and visa processing.

Information about many aspects of graduate study at Temple—including the application process, financial aid, housing, libraries and more—is available from the Graduate School. The Graduate School can also be reached by phone at 215-204-1380 or fax at 215-204-8781.

In addition to the university application and processing fee, you’ll need to submit

  • official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended,
  • official reports of the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations),
  • two letters of reference,
  • a personal statement of your professional goals and
  • a current résumé or CV.

Writing or research samples are optional, but recommended.

International students also must submit official reports of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). NOTE: A minimum score of 79 is required by Temple University for all applicants whose native language is not English.

Submitting Admissions Materials

Your statement, résumé and optional research or writing sample may be emailed to Letters of recommendation may be emailed directly from references, provided they are signed and on letterhead. Standardized test scores should be sent electronically to Temple University (institution code 2906). All other material should be mailed to

Office of Research and Graduate Studies
Annenberg Hall, Room 344
2020 N. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

If you have questions about the Master of Science in Communication for Development and Social Change program, contact Nicole McKenna at or 215-204-1497.

Apply online.