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How to Apply

Deadlines and Requirements

Requirements Checklist

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.

  • International Students

The Office of Admissions can only evaluate education credentials from Canada.

If you have an international transcript from any other country besides Canada, your international transcript must be evaluated by a professional agency from the member list on the NACES website. Evaluations must include a course-by-course analysis indicating the type of degree received, accreditation, the U.S. equivalency of the degree, the graduation date, and a cumulative grade point average. This will help us understand your educational background and academic credentials. While we don’t recommend one organization over another, the most common evaluations that we see are from World Education Services (WES), SpanTran Evaluation Services and Education Credential Evaluators (ECE). If you decide to use SpanTran, please refer to the Newmark J-School SpanTran Pathway to ensure you receive a discount and correct evaluation.

The international credential evaluation must be received by the application deadline date and indicate that you received a degree from an accredited institution equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Evaluations may take weeks or months to complete. It is strongly recommended to begin the process early to ensure your application is completed on time. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

If you are accepted into the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and decide to enroll you MUST provide the Office of Admissions with an official transcript from your undergraduate institution. This official transcript is mandatory and in addition to your international transcript evaluation. An official transcript is sent to us by the issuing school’s registrar office in a sealed envelope. If your school issues the official transcript to you DO NOT open the envelope. Please deliver it to us in the sealed envelope. If you have any questions, please email admissions@journalism.cuny.edu.

Dates and Deadlines

M.A. in Journalism – including Bilingual Program (English/Spanish)*


Application Opens
Early September 2021

Application Deadline
December 17, 2021 11:59 p.m. EST 

Mandatory Orientation and Intensive Training begins
Mid-August 2022

Classes Begin
Late August 2022

*Note to Bilingual Program applicants: Students admitted to the Bilingual Program are not automatically admitted to the other programs. If they decide to switch concentrations once they have been admitted, their application will need to be reviewed by a new committee. 

M.A. in Engagement Journalism*


Application Opens
Early September 2021

Application Deadline
December 17, 2021 11:59 p.m. EST 

Mandatory Orientation and Intensive Training Begins
Mid-August 2022

Classes Begin
Late August 2022

*Note to Bilingual Program applicants: Students admitted to the Bilingual Program are not automatically admitted to the other programs. If they decide to switch concentrations once they have been admitted, their application will need to be reviewed by a new committee.