CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Application Checklist
Application Deadline for Fall 2016 Admission: January 4, 2016
*** Please complete the inquiry form to be added to our email list and receive information regarding the application process.
ALL THE ITEMS BELOW MUST BE UPLOADED TO THE ONLINE APPLICATION. DO NOT SUBMIT HARD COPIES TO THE CUNY J-SCHOOL OR THE GRADUATE CENTER
CUNY Graduate Center Online Application including:
Personal Statement (uploaded to the online application)
In no more than 1,000 words, tell us about your personal background and your interests. And since journalism is not for the faint of heart, please explain what draws you to the profession, what subjects you’d like to shine a light on, and what you hope to gain from studying at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Academic Transcripts (uploaded to the online application)
We require transcripts from all academic institutions attended even if you did not enroll in courses in your field. All applicants to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (or earn one prior to enrollment).
Three Letters of Recommendation
When you complete your online application, you will be asked for the email address of each recommender and our application system will send an email directly to each recommender. The recommender is asked to upload a personal letter of recommendation and they are asked to answer one question, which consists of how do they recommend the applicant. Your recommenders may include professors, editors, employers, community leaders, or any other non-family individual who can appraise your academic, personal, or professional achievements and can speak to your journalistic potential. If for some reason your recommender does not receive the email from the Graduate Center to upload their recommendation, your recommender may send the recommendation to: email@example.com and copy firstname.lastname@example.org on the email.
Current One-Page Resume (uploaded to the online application)
Clips/Writing Samples (uploaded to the online application)
Three samples of work are required. Two samples must be written samples and one of the three required samples may be an audio or video file. If you don’t have any audio/video samples to submit, then all three samples may be written pieces. Work samples must be non-fiction and can include published news clips, academic papers, or unpublished writing (a maximum of five pages for each written work sample). Audio/Video files must be submitted via web link listed on the online application that directs the committee to a site where you have hosted your work. To upload your writing samples: If your samples are all written, then they need to be put into PDF form and loaded as one file with clear delineation between the samples. If one is a non-written sample (you are required to have two written), then there is a field to allow you to post URL’s to where those non-written (audio or video) samples are hosted.
Admissions Entrance Exam
*** Please complete the inquiry form to be added to our email list and receive information about the admissions exam.
The admissions exam is designed to give us an idea of your interest in current affairs, your analytical and editing skills, and your ability to write clearly and concisely in a timed environment. You may view sample exams online. Information on registering for the exam will be sent out by email in December and testing will take place through mid-February.
For applicants in the New York Metro area, there will be several weekday and weekend test dates in December and January on our campus.
For applicants who are overseas or who are outside of New York and are unable to complete the exam at the school, testing can be arranged with a proctor of your choosing. A proctor may be a professor, supervisor, colleague, librarian, or local testing center. Please have your proctor email email@example.com with the date and time you will take your exam, and we will send them instructions and the link to the exam by email.
*** Please complete the inquiry form to be added to our email list and receive information about the admissions interview.
More information about scheduling an interview will be sent out by email in December and testing will take place through the end of January.
For applicants who are overseas or who are outside of New York and are unable to interview at the school, phone or Skype video interviews can be arranged.
Optional Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
The GRE is optional and is not required to apply to the program. However, if you took the GRE and believe your scores will enhance your application, then you may submit the scores to the CUNY Graduate Center (code 2113). Students will not be penalized if they do not submit GRE scores. To schedule a test date, please visit http://www.gre.org. Scores should be sent to CUNY’s Graduate Center, Code 2113. It takes about 14 days for your official scores to reach us, so make sure your test date will allow enough time for us to receive the scores by the application deadline.
Applicants are invited to produce and upload a 1-3 minute video to provide additional insight into you, as a person and as a candidate, for the J-School Admissions Committee. The content of the video is entirely up to you. It must be available on an easily accessible website, such as YouTube, and must be provided only in the form of a URL link. The video needs to be available to view until the end of March. Please submit the video link via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submission of the video is January 22, 2016.
Application Fee ($65)
Payments can be made by check or money order payable to: The Graduate Center. Please note: candidates to the Journalism School should disregard the $125 application fee listed on the Graduate Center’s website. If sending the application fee by mail: Graduate School of Journalism Office of Admissions, The Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10016-4309.
International Applicants (upload all materials to the online application)
If you attended an institution where the language of instruction is not English, all documents must be accompanied by certified English translations. Documents cannot be returned. Recommendation letters written in languages other than English must also be translated by certified English translation services.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
It is required that applicants who have not studied and earned a degree in the US, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand or Australia must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), administered internationally by Educational Testing Service, and request ETS to report examination results directly to Admissions, The Graduate Center–College Code 2113, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10016. Inquiries concerning this examination may be made to Test of English as a Foreign Language, Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, U.S.A., or to most American embassies and consulates in cities outside the United States. For additional information, call 1-800-GO-TOEFL or visit www.ets.org. Please note the minimum score requirement on the TOEFL Computer-Based Test (CBT) is 260, and the Internet-Based Test (iBT) is 105.
Financial Aid Forms for applicants who wish to be considered for federal loans and/or need-based scholarships:
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Students may file their FAFSA for the upcoming fall starting January 1 for the following fall admission.
- Federal Direct Loan Application is needed if you are applying for federal loans. The 2016-2017 application will become available in Spring 2016.