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Fall 2024 deadline: 

December 1, 2023.

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*GRE score submission is optional.

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.

GRE score submission is optional for our graduate program application. Please note that if you submit GRE scores the Graduate Admissions Committee will review them as part of your application.

Pay the application 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 the instructions for submitting a transcript.

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


Three Letters of Recommendation

Statement of Purpose for Doctoral 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-Professional 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

Doctoral applicants should submit a copy of thesis chapters or such other research as conference papers or journal articles.

Master's applicants typically submit a research paper (R&T tracks) or three to five published articles (professional and 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.