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Admission Requirements

The Master's in Journalism program offers rolling admissions, which means there is no hard deadline and new students are accepted for both the spring and fall semesters. However, preference for competitive scholarships based on overall G.P.A. and academic potential will be given to early applicants.

The online application may be found on our website through the Office of Graduate Admissions. Applicants must complete the personal statement portion of the application, a 500-750 word essay detailing “personal and educational history, past employment, volunteer work or related experience in your intended field of study, plans for graduate study and plans for a professional career.” Applicants are also encouraged to submit up to two letters of recommendation and any published news clips (newspaper, magazine and/or online) they may have, although these are not required for admission into the program. All applicants must submit a current resume and transcripts. GRE scores are optional.

Prospective students should have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, and earned an overall grade point average of at least 2.75. In addition, applicants are advised to complete an undergraduate course in News Writing and Reporting (equivalent to Journalism 11 at Hofstra) and in Copy Editing (equivalent to Journalism 53 at Hofstra), or have equivalent professional experience. However, these courses are not required for admission.

An interview with the program director is strongly recommended but not required for admission to the program. Applicants may arrange for either an on-campus or telephone interview.

The Department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a candidate's potential for success in the program. We encourage students who may not meet all of the criteria to apply if they have other experiences that make them suitable candidates for the program.