Application Requirements

Success in the School of Journalism demands a high degree of proficiency in both spoken and written English. International students in particular need to be aware of this requirement. In addition to submitting high scores on the TOEFL exams, they will be interviewed by phone by the graduate committee to ensure that they have the necessary English skills.


Here are all the requirements, which must be completed before you will be considered.


  • Fill out the online graduate application. See the Graduate College's application procedures for details.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended (copies or unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the application, but if you are accepted, complete official versions are due before school starts.) Minimum GPA for last 60 hours of undergraduate work is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. For detail, see the Graduate College's transcript requirements.
  • GRE is optional
  • A statement of purpose explaining how this program would help you achieve your goals (two pages maximum length).
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • 1-3 journalistic or academic writing samples that demonstrate how you organize your thoughts (journalistic samples can be in print, audio-visual or online format. Academic samples can be an executive summary, conclusions or five-page section of a longer work.)
  • 3 letters of recommendation. (We do not provide standard format for letters.) We prefer that recommenders submit their letters online, but if more convenient, for them, they can e-mail, mail or fax them. (See below for address information.) Letters of recommendation can be accepted, if necessary, after the application deadline.
  • If you are a limited-English-proficient international student, please provide your TOEFL score. Minimum required scores are 600 (paper-based), 100 (Internet-based), and 250 (computer-based). For detail, see the Graduate College's requirements.
  • For international students requiring a student visa, send a completed Financial Guarantee Form directly to the address on the form. 

You also need to familiarize yourself with the conditions and regulations of the Graduate College. See the university’s Graduate College website at, for complete details on the admissions process and academic policies.

Candidates for any dual degree program must apply to, and be accepted by, both units to qualify for admission to the dual degree program. An interdisciplinary committee from the two units will review and make a recommendation about any student who has been accepted by both units and has indicated that he or she wishes to earn dual degrees. Candidates need to complete an application form and pay an application fee for each unit.


Application deadlines

The deadline for applications for the fall semester is Feb. 15. The deadlilne for spring is Sept. 1.  Deadlines for dual-degree partners may vary.

For more information on application and administrative questions:
Debbie Cross

For advising and curriculum questions:
Prof. Carol Schwalbe

Where to send application materials:
Attention: Debbie Cross
School of Journalism
The University of Arizona
Box 210158B
Tucson, AZ 85721-0158
Fax 520-621-7557

You are welcome to visit us:
School of Journalism
845 N. Park, Room 334
Tucson, AZ 85721-0158
Phone: 520-621-7556




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