CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Application Checklist for
M.A. in Journalism Degree ONLY
Application Deadline for Fall 2016 Admission: January 4, 2016
*** IMPORTANT INFORMATION **
Please complete the inquiry form to be added to our email list and receive information regarding the application process.
All required documents must be uploaded to the application. Do not submit hard copies to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism or the CUNY Graduate Center.
In order to apply to the program, you MUST have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution comparable in standard and content to a bachelor’s degree from a CUNY college (or receive this degree prior to enrollment in the program).
International Students: If you are unsure if our institution accepts your degree, please contact email@example.com.
Admission Decisions will be emailed by mid-March from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please add email@example.com to your address book so you receive emails from our office.
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.
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 that individual. 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 letter, your recommender may send the recommendation to: firstname.lastname@example.org and copy email@example.com on the email.
Current One-Page Resume
Three samples of work are required.
Two samples must be written samples and one 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).
To upload audio/video files: These 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 written samples: Save these samples in PDF form and upload them as one file with clear delineation between the samples.
Admissions Entrance 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.
Please complete the inquiry form to be added to our email list and receive information about the admissions exam. Information on registering for the exam will be sent out by email in December and testing will take place from December through mid-February.
For applicants in the New York Metro area, there will be several weekday and weekend test dates from December through mid-February at the school.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Information on registering for an interview will be sent out by email in December. Interviews will take place from December through mid-February.
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.
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 email@example.com. Deadline for submission of the video is January 22, 2016.
Application Fee ($125)
Payments can be made by check or money order payable to: The Graduate Center.
Please send payments to: Graduate School of Journalism Office of Admissions, The Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10016-4309.
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.
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.
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.
All admitted students are automatically reviewed for scholarships from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. If admitted, students will be notified of any scholarship award in their admission decision letter (emailed mid-March). There is no application to apply for these scholarships.
Please check out our outside scholarships page to view where many students apply for additional funding.