Donna DeCesare
William Minutaglio
Tracy Dahlby

CONTACT INFORMATION

What you need to know about our dynamic graduate programs

The application deadline was Dec. 15, 2016. We accept fall admissions only.

Master's Programs

We offer three master's programs. The professional track allows students to specialize in one of four areas – 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. The research and theory track (R&T) 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. The hybrid track, designed for professionals with industry experience, combines research and high-level journalism training. This degree requires 30 hours of coursework and a thesis.

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

Doctoral Program

Graduates from our doctoral program are among the most-sought-after job candidates in academia. That's because a doctorate from our school is a research-intensive degree, preparing students to become productive researchers across all spectrums of journalism. Our scholars engage in quantitative and qualitative approaches, learning practical and creative analysis in multiple arenas. These include political communication, audience research, news engagement, visual journalism and cultural, race and gender studies. This degree requires 57 hours of coursework and a dissertation. 

For more information, see the Program of Work for the doctoral program.

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. Our students and faculty are well represented at major communication conferences, often winning top paper awards. See the Graduate Research Page for a glimpse of our faculty and student collaborations.

Course Syllabi

To get a sense of our graduate course offerings, check our Graduate Course Syllabi.

How to apply

  • Complete the online application at ApplyTexas.org. 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:

  • Résumé
     
  • Statement of purpose for Ph.D. 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 professional and hybrid 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, arts writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer, social media director for The Huffington Post,) If you do not have a specific professional goal, please describe the beats, topics or areas of expertise you plan to concentrate on while in school (examples: Sports journalism with an emphasis on large college programs; human justice journalism with an emphasis on refugees). 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 samples are required for doctoral applicants. Doctoral applicants should submit a copy of thesis chapters or such other research 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 three to five published articles (professional and hybrid tracks).

  • Visual storytelling portfolio. Students interested in visual storytelling are strongly encouraged to submit a sample of their work. Upload a portfolio of your work -- images, video, web designs, etc. -- as a miscellaneous admissions document via the supplemental documents upload page at https://https://utdirect.utexas.edu/ogs/forms/supp_docs.WBX. 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 our master's programs or in other University of Texas master's programs should contact the graduate coordinator for application instructions.
 

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.