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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, 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 submitted with your online application by the application deadline date.

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. Deliver it to us in the sealed envelope. Please email admissions@journalism.cuny.edu with any questions.

Dates and Deadlines

M.A. in Journalism*


Application Opens
September 2020

Application Deadline
December 18, 2020 11:59 p.m. EST 

Classes Begin
Late August, 2021

*Note to Spanish-language program applicants: Students admitted to the Spanish-language concentration are not automatically admitted to the other programs. If they decided to switch concentrations once they have been admitted, their applications will need to be reviewed by a new committee. 

M.A. in Social Journalism*


Application Opens
September 2020

Application Deadline
December 18, 2020 11:59 p.m. EST 

Classes Begin
Late August, 2021

*Note to Spanish-language program applicants: Students admitted to the Spanish-language concentration are not automatically admitted to the other programs. If they decided to switch concentrations once they have been admitted, their applications will need to be reviewed by a new committee.