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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.


How to apply:

  • 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. View more information on GRE and TOEFL scores.

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.




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Students are encouraged to visit the Office of Student Financial Services for various funding opportunities. Fellowships through the School of Journalism are also available for those meeting the requirements.

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