Degree Requirements

The HCOM program is designed for people looking to advance their health career or enter a health-related field.

Admitted students typically have prior work experience in a wide range of positions in healthcare.


To discuss your fit for the program, contact program coordinator Lauren Weiner, Ph.D., at (224) 484-0425 or

Requirements for admission include:

Official Transcripts

From every post-secondary institution you have attended. Applicants must have been awarded a comparable bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States or from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for the last two years of the undergraduate program is the minimum requirement for admission.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Preferably from recommenders in academic or professional positions

Statement of Purpose

A clear and compelling statement containing the following components:

  • An explanation of your professional background in health care and the qualifications you bring to the HCOM program (if your experience with healthcare is not professional in nature, please explain why you are pursuing a degree in health communication).
  • A description of your goals for your degree (why are you applying to HCOM? what will you do with an MS in health communication?)
  • A brief summary of any relevant personal information or experiences that contribute to your desire to pursue an advanced degree in health communication (e.g., why are you passionate about studying health communication?)
  • An identification (if applicable) of faculty members in the program whose research aligns with your professional interests.

Current Resume

TOEFL Scores

Students whose native language is not English must present their official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination with the required minimum scores: 611 on the paper-based test, 254 on the computer-based test, 103 on the Internet-based test (iBT).