Graduate Programs in Journalism

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Applications for Fall 2021 graduate admission scheduled to open September 2020.

We accept fall admissions only.

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Course Syllabi 

Master's Professional Track

This program is geared toward students who are coming to Journalism from another field of study or professional experience. This degree requires 30 hours of coursework and a professional internship. The coursework includes ample experiential opportunity to report and produce stories with intense-yet-supportive editing, with an emphasis on applying accountability journalism principles regardless of beat or interest. The program is designed as a full-time experience during the two long semesters, followed by a summer internship at a professional media outlet.

Students with an undergraduate journalism degree and/or professional journalism experience are encouraged to apply for the research and theory track described below.

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.

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. 

Watch a short video for more insight into our PhD program.

Master's Research & Theory Track

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.

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 the 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. 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. See our tips for preparing your application.