How to Apply

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 Arther L. Carter Journalism Institute. Please visit the application resource center for further instructions.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, or until the program has filled. Write to the Administrative Aide for Graduate Affairs or Marcia Rock if you have any questions.


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  • Bachelor’s degree in any field and with a wide variety of experience.
  • A 3.0 or higher GPA
  • All of your undergrad academic transcripts.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Three work samples that can be print, video or multimedia. We prefer Vimeo URL submissions.
  • The personal statement is very important. We want to get to know you and why you want to attend the program and what documentary ideas you have for the third semester. A journalism background is not required, but we’re interested in knowing what your interests are and how you’ve developed them. We would like to know what you are considering as a topic for your thesis documentary.
  • You should have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 or B.
  • The GRE is no longer required for NewsDoc.
  • Non-native English speakers must also take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) OR the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived if your undergraduate or graduate degree was completed at an institution where the language of instruction is English.
  • 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 minimum overall band score of at least 7 is recommended.
  • Come visit us. Meeting in person is always helpful. We can also arrange for you to meet with alumni in other locations.

For International Students

Our journalism programs have been classified as STEM under the CIP Code 09.0702 – Digital Communications and Multimedia. This means that in addition to your one year of OPT on an F1 visa, you could potentially qualify for a two year extension. This will all be part of your F1 student visa. So you could potentially have three years to work in the U.S. after graduation.

You can find more information from our Office of Global Services. They will help you throughout your F1 visa application through to your OPT and OPT Stem extension application.

Also, during school you’ll qualify for CPT after two semesters — which means you can do paid internships summer and fall. All of this is for students with F1 visas sponsored by NYU.

Information for international applicants is here.

Journalism international students with F1 visas now qualify for up to 29 months of U.S. work authorization. Most students apply for post-completion OPT and will receive 12 months. Toward the end of the first 12-months of OPT, they can apply for a 17-month STEM extension if they are working for a company that uses the government’s eVerify system.

OGS information on this can be found here.

With respect to tuition fees, there is no distinction between the tuition costs for international students and domestic students. The distinction is that international students do not qualify for U.S. government-sponsored financial aid.

For international students, please make sure you visit NYU’s Office of Global Services online for more information.

Note: 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. GSAS does not accept three-year degrees from Australia. For students holding three-year degrees from Australia, an additional four-year degree is required to apply.

The Graduate School’s Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)

GSAS encourages students to apply for external assistance and provides tuition support to recipients of external awards. Students receiving external awards of $13,000 or more from recognized, academic sources of funding outside of the University can apply for matching tuition points up to the amount of their outside award. Students receiving external awards of less than $13,000 may apply for matching tuition points up to 50 percent of the amount of the external award. Find information about TIP eligibility and terms of the award (Adobe Acrobat Reader required). Visit the TIP application and instructions for 2020-21.

Requests must be received in Graduate Enrollment Services by August 31 of the award year. Late requests will be considered if funds are available.