How to Apply

The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute considers applicants holding a bachelor’s degree in any field. A journalism background is not required.  Along with the completed application, the applicant must provide one official transcript from each undergraduate or graduate institution attended, three letters of recommendation, preferably from your professors, and two writing samples. These samples should be indicative of the applicant’s best overall work and need not have been published. They should include at least one academic paper or senior thesis that demonstrates the student’s critical thinking ability and another that showcases the student’s writing ability. A statement of purpose, which should adhere to the guidelines listed in the journalism application form, is also required. NYU graduate admission requires four years of prior undergraduate studies.

Admission to a joint degree program is contingent upon acceptance by both departments. Only one application is required, which both departments review. Applications to Global and Joint Journalism programs are reviewed first by the non-journalism department and are only forwarded to the Journalism Institute for consideration upon acceptance by the other department.

Students who enroll in the graduate journalism program score, on average, above 160 (600 old test) on the verbal test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GREs) and at least 5.0 on the GRE analytical writing test, and have an undergraduate grade point average well above 3.0. No specific GRE subject test is necessary. International applicants must 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 minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the Internet-based test is required, or a score of 250 on the computer-based test or 600 on the paper-based test is required. For the computer- and paper-based tests, a minimum score of 5.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE) is required.  (For the cultural reporting and criticism concentration, a score of 6.0 is required.) International applicants MUST have a fluent command of written English. For the IELTS, a score of 7 or above is needed.

The GREs and TOEFL are given periodically throughout the year. Specific test dates can be obtained by calling the Educational Testing Service, 609-921-9000, or by visiting their Web site at

Interested in Applying?

Applications are accepted for fall admission only. Forms may be downloaded from the GSAS website. Please adhere to the deadline dates published in the GSAS Application Appendix. Applications submitted after the due date are considered on a rolling admission basis if seats remain, but many programs fill rapidly.

Prospective students are encouraged to visit the Institute to learn more about the program. Meeting students and professors is the best way to get a feel for the program. We can arrange for you to sit in on a class and suggest you check Course Listings for what might coincide with your visit. To schedule a visit, please contact Please note that visits should be scheduled well in advance if you wish to meet with faculty.

Note: The application deadline date is January 4, however late applications are accepted. As there is a limited pool of merit-based financial aid, applications should arrive by January 15 for consideration. We will continue to consider submissions on a rolling basis through August.


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Note for International Applicants

You must receive your undergraduate degree (U.S. baccalaureate or equivalent) from an institution of recognized standing before enrollment in the Graduate School. Students from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Bangladesh must show completion of both the baccalaureate and master’s examinations prior to registration in the Graduate School. The examinations for the Bachelor of Engineering and the Bachelor of Technology meet the application requirements for the Graduate School. For students holding three-year degrees from Australia, GSAS also requires a four-year degree to apply.

The Goren Fellowship in Global and Joint Program Studies

A three-semester full fellowship, including tuition, registration and services fees, health insurance, and stipend, for a GloJo applicant with exceptional journalistic and academic promise. Students in all GloJo partner programs are eligible for this award, except those receiving funding or FLAS grants through their partner departments and centers. No additional materials beyond the GloJo application are required.