- Master’s degree in Communication, English, Rhetoric, or other relevant field
- Master’s GPA of 3.0 or better
- Master’s level work should include one quantitative or qualitative methods course (this requirement may be met after admission from courses at NC State)
- Master’s level work should include 9 credit-hours in an approved disciplinary area and 3 credit-hours in a second disciplinary area (this requirement may be met after admission from master's level courses at NC State).
These hours do not count toward the doctoral degree. Disciplinary areas include: composition studies, including writing across the curriculum, interpersonal/group communication, media studies, organizational communication or public relations, rhetorical studies, and technical communication.