The Department of Journalism accepts candidates with bachelor’s degrees in any field and with a wide variety of experience. We look at the quality of applicants’ writing and insights as displayed in the personal statement, their undergraduate transcripts, their GRE scores and their recommendations. We accept clips (published examples of applicants’ work) submitted with applications, and recommend that applicants submit any clips they have. But clips are rarely a deciding factor in the applicant review process.
Along with the completed application, the applicant must provide academic transcripts (one from each school attended), three letters of recommendation, and three writing samples. These samples are not limited to published work. They should be indicative of the applicant’s best overall work. A statement of purpose, which should adhere to the guidelines listed in the journalism supplement attached to the general application, is also required.
To be considered for the graduate program, an applicant should have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 or B.
Applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). No specific subject test is required. Students who enroll in the program generally score a 160 or higher on the GRE Verbal section (however a score lower than this does not disqualify an applicant outright).
Non-native English speakers must also take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the test of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) unless English is their native language or they have completed their undergraduate education at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction.
A 5.0 minimum score on the TWE (Test of Written English) portion of the TOEFL test [if taking the paper- or computer-based version] is required, however a score of 5.5 or 6.0 on the TWE is preferred. GSAS recommends that applicants achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the internet-based test (equivalent to 250 on the computer-based test or 600 on the paper-based test). For the IELTS, a score of 7 or above is needed.
Applications are accepted for fall admission only. Applications to Magazine Writing—along with all applications for financial aid—must be received by January 4.
Applications to Magazine writing, along with all applications for financial aid, must be received by January 4. Late applications will be considered if space is available.
Need an application?
Applications are available from the GSAS application resource center starting in late September.
Note: All application materials (including test score reports) should be sent directly to GSAS, not to the Carter Journalism Institute. Please visit the application resource center for further instructions.