GRE and TOEFL Information

GRE Information

Prospective students should take the GRE general test. We will use the highest of your combined (verbal and quantitative) scores. If you do not think your GRE score is good, we recommend that you still apply and consider taking the GRE again. Taking the GRE again will not hurt your chances. Your scores must be in the system by the time the admissions committee begins reviewing applications (typically the beginning of January). The School of Journalism does not waive the GRE requirement. The GRE must have been taken within the last 5 years. There is no minimum GRE score; however, applicants recently accepted to the program had scores, on average, in the 70th percentile for master's students and 74th percentile for PhD students. 

To be official, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC). Do not send photocopies of your scores to GIAC or the School of Journalism.

TOEFL Information

International students whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL scores. The School of Journalism does not waive the TOEFL. TOEFL scores are valid for up to two years. Admitted students whose first language is not English may be evaluated upon their entry into the graduate program for written and oral fluency. The graduate advisor will require students who need additional English-language facility to enroll in such coursework in the first semester.

A score of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79 (internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR an overall band of 6.5 on the Academic Examination of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is considered the minimum acceptable for admission to The University of Texas at Austin.

The School of Journalism prefers that you have at least a 600 (paper test), 250 (computer-based test), or 85 (Internet-based test). The School of Journalism will make final admission decisions based on all application materials, including test scores. In this competitive field, however, TOEFL scores are seriously evaluated. Recent applicants had an average TOEFL score of 105.

Scores must be delivered electronically through your testing center or through ETS (Educational Testing Service).

TOEFL institutional code for the University of Texas at Austin is 6882