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Applying to the Journalism Graduate Program

Applications to the graduate program are accepted once a year in most cases. Students are encouraged to start as a cohort each fall. Graduate assistantship funding is available for a limited number of students.

February 1

Early applicants will be screened. Those recommended for acceptance will be given first priority in the awarding of graduate assistantships.

March 15

Applications due for acceptance in the program and consideration for the remaining graduate assistantships.

After March 15

Applications will continue to be accepted for the fall until the program is full. However graduate assistantships will be available only in limited circumstances.

To apply to the program, submit the following materials using the online portal:

  1. A completed application, using the online application form. The minimal university requirements include the completion of a baccalaureate degree, a minimum total undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 for a Masters program and completion of all required prerequisite course work. The application fee is $60 for all domestic/resident alien applicants, and $95 for all international students, payable when you file your online application
  2. Recent official GRE scores. (Not required for applicants who have earned an advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution.)
  3. One official transcript from every post-secondary institution you’ve attended sent directly from that institution to the Graduate School.
  4. Official TOEFL or IELTS test scores if your educational history is from a non-English speaking country
  5. A letter of intent explaining why you want to pursue graduate work in this program, what you hope to gain from participating, the assets you bring to the program and how you plan to use the degree after graduation.
  6. A resume outlining your professional and educational experience.
  7. Three letters of recommendation including one from a recent employer.
  8. Recent samples of published journalism (if available).

All materials are submitted using the online application portal.

Graduate Special Standing

We will accept a limited number of Graduate Special students in the fall semester and under rare circumstances, in the spring semester in preparation for fall admittance. Graduate specials are students who have completed an undergraduate degree but have not been accepted into the graduate program. They can take classes and transfer up to nine credits of graduate work to a graduate degree. Graduate Special students are not eligible for financial aid, including student loans.

For questions about the program or how to apply, feel free to contact:

Kari Barber (director of graduate studies) at or 775-784-1791.

Kari Barber

Barber, Kari

Assistant Professor, Electronic Media. Director of Graduate Studies.

Office Location: RSJ 103D Office Phone Number: (775) 784-1791 Kari Barber is a journalist and an award-winning documentary filmmaker with a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking and Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C. and a BA in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. Barber’s most recent documentary Struggle & Hope premiered internationally […]