Welcome to the home page of the Office of Admissions & Student Affairs at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Our goal is to attract a diverse group of the highest caliber aspiring journalists to our Master of Arts in Journalism program, then to guide and support them every step of the way, from application through graduation and beyond.
Diversity encompasses differences of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, economic class, sexual orientation, national origin, and age.
WANTED: APPLICANTS FROM A VARIETY OF BACKGROUNDS
Some will come straight from college; others will be practicing journalists; yet others will be seeking a new career. In all cases, we look for demonstrated writing proficiency and a knack for storytelling, a broad-based undergraduate education encompassing a variety of academic disciplines, a passion for current events and a commitment to journalism.
Applicants should have a strong sense of curiosity and exhibit strong leadership skills. We want students who will react to any event with questions, and more questions. We want students who want to find out how and why things work as they do. We can teach students the mechanical skills–how to use public records, how to write a lead, how to use audio and video equipment–but it’s that innate sense of curiosity that will lead to success in this field.
OUR HOLISTIC APPLICATION PROCESS
We want to know more about you than your grades and standardized test scores, and invite you to tell us about yourself and your interest in our program in your statement of purpose.
Evidence of writing and storytelling proficiency for practicing journalists might be news clips or a broadcast tape. For recent college graduates, it might be work done for a college or university publication or television or radio station. For career changers, it might be writing done for work, a paper written for a college class or a freelance piece.
APPLY NOW FOR FALL 2015 ADMISSION
The application deadline is January 2, 2015.
Candidates should visit our application checklist to begin working on their materials and ensure a complete application. Then please visit the CUNY Graduate Center’s online application page to start your application. Our application fee is $65. (Please disregard the fee listed on the CUNY Graduate Center’s website.)
If you wish to be considered for federal aid, please be sure to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1st. Admissions decisions will be mailed out in early April. (There is no spring semester admission.)
To request a program brochure and to add your name to our email listserve for program updates, please fill out our Online Information Request Form.
If you have specific questions about the program or how to apply, please contact our Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at 646.758.7700, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for an individual informational interview and tour of the campus. Meetings are brief, 15-20 minutes maximum, and appointments are required.
Every October, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism publishes an annual report outlining security policies, crime reporting procedures and campus crime statistics. Prospective students can obtain a copy by calling the Office of Public Safety at 646-758-7834.