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Applying to the Graduate Journalism Program

Applications are considered for fall admission only. We do not admit new students for the spring or summer semesters.

Follow these steps for GIAC

Go to the Graduate School web site and read the information about applying for graduate admission.

  • Complete the online application at Note that you will submit your statement of purpose electronically, as part of the application. Also, you will be asked to enter the names and email addresses of the individuals you have asked to write letters of recommendation for you. They will be notified with instructions for submitting recommendation letters. Letters are not accepted by mail.

  • Pay the fee ($65 for US applicants; $90 for international applicants). Your application will then load into the system in 1-2 working days, and you will be able to claim your EID and upload supporting documents, such as your resume and writing sample.

  • See instructions for submitting a transcript at:

  • Submit required test scores. All applicants must submit official GRE quantitative/verbal scores. Scores must be sent from the testing agency to the University. The code for The University of Texas at Austin is 6882. International applicants must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score.

After your online application has loaded into the system, you must upload the following documents via the online status check:

  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose (for PhD and master’s R&T students): Write a 500 word statement of purpose about your research interests, how your professional experience ties in with that, and which faculty members you would like to study with. Tell us why are you interested in getting a research and theory degree, and what do you intend to do with it.
  • Statement of Purpose (for Master's students): A 500-word minimum statement of your intended career goals. If you know it, please describe the job you would like to attain when you graduate from the UT School of Journalism. Where do you want to work? Where do you want to be published? Your answer will help us help you achieve your ideal job (Examples: foreign correspondent for international freelance photojournalism for National Geographic, arts writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer, social media director for The Huffington Post, etc...) If you do not have a specific professional goal identified yet, then please describe as specifically as possible the beats or topics or areas of expertise you are planning to concentrate on during your time at school (Examples: Sports journalism with an emphasis on large college programs; human justice journalism with an emphasis on refugees, web design, etc.). Be as specific as possible so we can help you and direct you to the best courses and faculty members.
  • Writing sample (required for doctoral applicants, optional for master's applicants) Doctoral applicants should submit a copy of thesis chapters or other research such as conference papers or journal articles.

  • Writing samples are optional for master's applicants, but are strongly encouraged. Master's applicants typically submit a research paper (R&T and Hybrid tracks) or 3-5 published articles (Professional and Hybrid tracks).

  • Portfolio Optional for all students, but strongly encouraged for Visual Storytelling. Upload a portfolio of your work -- images, video, web designs, etc. -- as a miscellaneous admissions document via the supplemental documents upload page at https:// For portfolios of still or video images, upload 20 to 24 images in a PDF document. We are interested in images that deal with people and show your storytelling skills, rather than vacation-type images. The ideal portfolio would be your best work. Be sure to supply caption material for all images.
NOTE: Students currently in the master's program in the School of Journalism and students currently in other master's programs at The University of Texas should contact the graduate coordinator for instructions.

For more information please see these tips for preparing your application.

GRE Information

Prospective students should take the GRE general test. We will use the highest of your combined (verbal and quantitative) scores. If you do not think your GRE score is good, we recommend that you still apply and consider taking the GRE again. Taking the GRE again will not hurt your chances. Your scores must be in the system by the time the admissions committee begins reviewing applications (typically the beginning of January). The School of Journalism does not waive the GRE requirement. The GRE must have been taken within the last 5 years. There is no minimum GRE score; however, applicants recently accepted to the program had scores, on average, in the 70th percentile for master's students and 74th percentile for PhD students. 

To be official, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC). Do not send photocopies of your scores to GIAC or the School of Journalism.

TOEFL Information

International students whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL scores. The School of Journalism does not waive the TOEFL. TOEFL scores are valid for up to two years. Admitted students whose first language is not English may be evaluated upon their entry into the graduate program for written and oral fluency. The graduate advisor will require students who need additional English-language facility to enroll in such coursework in the first semester.

A score of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79 (internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR an overall band of 6.5 on the Academic Examination of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is considered the minimum acceptable for admission to The University of Texas at Austin.

The School of Journalism prefers that you have at least a 600 (paper test), 250 (computer-based test), or 85 (Internet-based test). The School of Journalism will make final admission decisions based on all application materials, including test scores. In this competitive field, however, TOEFL scores are seriously evaluated. Recent applicants had an average TOEFL score of 105.

Scores must be delivered electronically through your testing center or through ETS (Educational Testing Service).

TOEFL institutional code for the University of Texas at Austin is 6882