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Communications & Media

Communication - Public Relations - BA

Full program details & costs, with admission requirements. Discover your dream program.

Program facts

  • Program type
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Tuition fees per year
    21,768 USD
  • Language taught in
  • Start date
    January, September

Admissions requirements

With an increasing number of international students representing 33 countries, and some of the nation's highest rates of cultural and ethnic diversity, at William Paterson you will study in a vibrant community, sharing your university experience with students and professors from every background and perspective. Please see the entry requirements below to start your journey.

TOEFL iBT 79, 213 for the computer-based test, and 550 for the paper-based test IELTS 6.0

TOEFL institution code is 2518

The following countries do not need to submit English Proficiency Tests: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Indian Ocean Territories, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Christmas Island, Cook Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands/Malvinas, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montserrat, Namibia, Nevis, Saint Kitts, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Philippines, Pitcairn, Puerto Rico, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Grenadines Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Swaziland, Trinidad, Tobago, Turks, Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, U.S. Minor Outlying Islands, Virgin Islands, British, Virgin Islands, U.S., Zambia, Zimbabwe

Undergraduate admissions requirements

To be enrolled as a freshman, you must have the equivalent of a US high school diploma and have never attended a college or university. Admission for international students is based on a review of the appropriate educational documents as well as proficiency in English as measured by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Testing System (IELTS). Upon acceptance, all new students are required to take the University placement test for reading, writing, and mathematics. The results of the test will determine if any English as a Second Language (ESL)-type courses or pre-college noncredit bearing courses are necessary.

Graduate admissions requirements

Applicants for admission to a master’s degree program must have completed an undergraduate degree program at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States or abroad. Foreign applicants must hold a degree considered equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree.

All transcripts and degree certificates/ diplomas must be written in the original language of instruction. All original-language documents must be accompanied by a separate, word-for-word English translation. Dual language transcripts are not acceptable.

Official transcripts must show all courses and subjects taken and all grades (marks) received.

A course-by-course evaluation of all foreign education credentials is required for most countries and should be forwarded to William Paterson University.

Diploma Supplements must accompany transcripts from institutions from countries that are part of the Bologna Accord.

A vocational track is not appropriate preparation for graduate admission.

Additional requirements are determined by individual graduate programs.

  • Fall Semester (Sept)

    deadline May 1

  • Spring Semester (Jan)

    deadline November 15

  • January 1

    Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

  • February 1


  • April 1

    Art, Nursing- MSN (Fall Intake)

  • May 1

    Clinical and Counseling Psychology

  • June 1

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Educational Leadership

  • October 1

    Nursing- MSN (Spring Intake)

Fees and funding

William Paterson University is committed to providing an exceptional and affordable public higher education. While your college education is a crucial investment in your future, the University work on your behalf to ensure that your education is as flexible and affordable as possible.

The University has held tuition increases to 2 percent in each of the last three years to keep a William Paterson University education within your reach.

William Paterson maintains a generous merit scholarship program for incoming freshman and transfer applicants. Each year close to 2,000 scholarships are awarded totalling over $7 million.

Scholarships available (automatically) for international students (if these are merit-based or financial need and which amounts / requirements, etc)

First-Time Freshmen: $3,000 to $8,000

  • Student MUST submit the SAT and/or ACT
  • SAT $ Minimum


  • ACT $ Minimum


  • GPA $ Minimum

    3.0 (US curriculum scale)

  • Dependent on a minimum

A limited number of graduate assistantships - an academic award that carries a $6,000 stipend and a waiver of tuition and fees for the extent of the appointment - are available to qualified students.

Visa requirements for William Paterson University

Many international students will require a visa to study in the US, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

USA student visa requirements