To be admitted to the Master of Arts in Journalism, applicants must demonstrate a capacity for achievement through past academic or professional work. The College of Communication looks at each application as a unique presentation of a candidate's profile and will consider a variety of information sources. Admission decisions will be based on the following:
- Online application and $40 application fee.
- Official undergraduate transcript showing the completion of a bachelor's degree (minimum grade point average preferred is 3.0 on a 4-point scale).
- A Statement of Purpose (750 words) explaining why the student is seeking admission to the program.
- A writing sample (a research paper that demonstrates the applicant's ability to synthesize and analyze scholarly work or a work-related document that demonstrates the candidate’s engagement with media-related projects).
- Two letters of recommendation written by work supervisors and/or faculty members familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional achievements.
- Résumé or curriculum vitae.
- GRE scores are not required, but may be submitted to strengthen an application.
An English language examination is required for applicants who have completed their undergraduate education outside the USA. Minimum TOEFL score requirements are listed as follows:
International students (those who were educated outside of the U.S. and/or require an F1 visa) must take additional steps to be considered for admission.
- 590 for a paper test
- 243 for a computer test
- 96 for an Internet test with no section scoring under a 22
- 7.5 for IELTs test
Please review International Student Admission
for exact information.
Application materials including the statement of purpose, writing sample, and resume, can be uploaded directly into the online application. Applicants also have the option of submitting the application without these items and emailing them separately to email@example.com. Students may request recommendations through the online application and track whether they have been submitted.
Transcripts (and letters of recommendation not submitted through the online application) should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admission
College of Communication
2400 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614-2215
Application credentials (including official electronic transcripts) also can be emailed to the Office of Graduate Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure your name is on all documents.
Students are admitted to the graduate program in Journalism on an ongoing basis. The admission committee regularly reviews new applications.
Learn more about the Journalism graduate program and meet with program faculty at an upcoming information session