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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

  • 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. Our programs are designed for full-time students. If you would like to be considered for admission on a part-time basis, please indicate that in your Statement of Purpose.
  • 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. Our programs are designed for full-time students. If you would like to be considered for admission on a part-time basis, please indicate that in your Statement of Purpose. 
  • 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.


Doctoral Program

A PhD from the School of Journalism is a research-intensive degree, preparing student to become active and productive researchers across all spectrums of journalism. Scholars engage in quantitative and qualitative approaches, learning practical and creative analysis in multiple arenas.

Master's Program

Our curriculum for the professional master’s degree has been revamped to allow students to specialize in one of four tracks – accountability journalism, culture/entertainment/sports, visual storytelling, and international journalism. This degree requires 36 hours of coursework and a professional project at the end. Read more about the new professional master's program...

In addition, we have a master’s track aimed at professionals with industry experience. The Research and Theory track is designed for students who plan to enter a doctoral program or desire a general conceptual foundation for media-related careers. This degree requires 30 hours of coursework and a thesis.

For more information, see the Program of Work for each track.

Research Focus

The highly specialized graduate faculty works closely with scholars to cultivate innovative research, all aimed at unearthing questions and introducing possible solutions facing journalism today.  Students and faculty from UT have 36 papers accepted to AEJMC this year and eight won Top Paper Awards.  See the Graduate Research Page.

Resources for Graduate Students

The University of Texas at Austin has a wide range of resources across campus designed to help all students succeed. Click here to see what's available.

Course Syllabi

Course requirements for a graduate degree in Journalism vary depending on the degree. In most cases, 30 to 36 hours of coursework are required for a Master's degree and 57 hours for a PhD. Both programs have extensive requirements that should be discussed with your Graduate Advisor.

See our tips for preparing your application.

Meet Our Students

From professional track Master's students to dissertation-seeking Doctoral candidates, the scholars here represent the brightest and boldest in the field of journalism.

Student Funding & Scholarship Opportunities

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.

Student Employment

The School of Journalism employs a number of currently enrolled master's and doctoral students as teaching assistants to assist faculty members teaching undergraduate courses.

Student Organizations

The School of Journalism sponsors multiple student organizations, including chapters of national organizations. Our student organizations are uniquely diverse and offer aspiring journalists opportunities to learn, create and socialize with fellow students who share their interests.