Degrees and Fields of Study
- American Journalism (Online Only)
- Business and Economic Reporting
- Cultural Reporting and Criticism
- Magazine and Digital Storytelling
- News and Documentary
- Reporting the Nation and New York
- Science, Health and Environmental Reporting
- Studio 20: Digital First
- Journalism and Religion (Refer to listing for master’s in Religious Studies)
Joint M.A. - Global Journalism Programs
- Africana Studies/Journalism
- East Asian Studies/Journalism
- European and Mediterranean Studies/Journalism
- French Studies/Journalism
- International Relations/Journalism
- Latin American and Caribbean Studies/Journalism
- Near Eastern Studies/Journalism
- Russian and Slavic Studies/Journalism
Note: The field of study descriptions may not exactly match the actual program name on the degree that is conferred. Please refer to the GSAS Bulletin section Degree and Certificate Programs as Registered by the New York State Education Department for the actual program name and degree conferred.
All programs except American Journalism and Near Eastern Studies/Journalism:
- January 4: fall only admission (Late applications will be considered if space remains.)
Near Eastern Studies/Journalism:
- January 15: fall only admission
American Journalism (Online Only):
- December 15: spring deadline
- July 15: fall deadline
All application materials must be received by 5 p.m. eastern time on the deadline date. If an application deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal U.S. holiday, then the next business day will be the deadline date.
Application Requirements for Journalism
All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit a complete application for admission. A complete application includes the online application, academic transcripts, test scores (if required), letters of recommendation, a résumé or curriculum vitae, a Statement of Academic Purpose, and an application fee. Applicants also have the option of providing a short Personal History essay. Please refer to the Instructions section of the online application. In addition, the department specifically requires the following:
GRE for all programs except International Relations/Journalism Joint M.A.: GRE General test not required.
International Relations/Journalism Joint M.A.: GRE General test is required.
TOEFL or IELTS: Either the TOEFL or the IELTS is required of all applicants who are not native English speakers or who do not have a bachelor's or master's degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English. See test score FAQ.
Statement of Academic Purpose: Please refer to the Personal Statement for Journalism Applicants web page for a description of the requirements for each program.
Writing Sample (All applicants except (1) News and Documentary, (2) Reporting the Nation and New York and (3) Global Programs): Three different writing samples are required. The writing samples need not have been published, although if you have clips you are proud of, please do submit them. The samples should represent your best overall work and your aptitude for journalism. Clips from your college newspaper, personal essays, academic research papers, and short fiction are all acceptable.
Writing Sample (News and Documentary and Reporting the Nation and New York): Same as above except the writing sample requirement may also be met by including multimedia work produced by applicants, such as links to work posted on Vimeo or YouTube.
Writing Sample (Joint M.A. - Global Journalism Program Applicants): One or two Journalism writing samples are required. In addition, a writing sample may be required by the non-Journalism program. Please refer to the individual program's listing in Programs, Requirements and Deadlines for the writing sample requirements of the other program.
The Graduate School of Arts and Science reserves the right to change this information at any time. This document supersedes all previous versions.
Last updated June 6, 2022.
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