The School of Journalism and Mass Communication is dedicated to being a welcoming and inclusive place where all students feel they belong. Our community thrives when voices from every background are heard and valued. We are committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in our admissions process.
THE APPLICATION FOR FALL 2021 IS CLOSED. The application will open again on September 8, 2021.
New students are admitted to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication for the fall semester. A committee of faculty members reviews each application. Among the indicators considered for admission are:
- Quality of an applicant’s academic record
- Preparation to pursue an advanced degree
- Clearly defined goals and rationale for graduate education in the field
- Compatibility of goals with faculty specializations and areas of expertise
SPECIAL NOTE: We acknowledge that due to the COVID-19 pandemic many GRE testing centers are closed and access to preparation materials and reliable online versions of the exam may be difficult or impossible for many applicants. We are therefore NOT requiring the GRE scores for admissions purposes. If applicants do not take the test or submit scores this will NOT count against you in the admission process. We recognize that some applicants will take the test and submit scores to the University of Wisconsin, but all applicants will be given equal consideration. The Graduate Committee takes a holistic approach to admissions, reviewing all parts of the application to get a picture of the person’s academic and professional background, interests and goals, and match with what our program offers.
NOTE: The GRE is no longer required for applicants to the professional M.A. program on a permanent basis.
Students are not required to have academic or professional background in mass communication to qualify for admission to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The Graduate School establishes minimum admission criteria for all students who enter the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication, however, has additional requirements, which are listed below.
Applicants seeking a Master of Arts degree must have:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- A B.A. before the start of the semester for which they are applying.
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA (4.0 scale) on last 60 credits of course work.
Applicants seeking a Ph.D. must have:
- Bachelor’s and thesis-based master’s degrees from accredited institutions
- An M.A. or M.S. before the start of the fall semester for which they are applying
- Minimum 3.5 cumulative graduate GPA (4.0) scale on M.A. degree course work
Visit the Ph.D. in Mass Communications website for more information.
Additional requirements for international applicants:
1. Applicants who earn degrees from institutions where the language of instruction is not exclusively English and applicants who earn degrees at bilingual institutions are required to take an English proficiency exam. Official minimum score requirements are listed below:
- TOEFL, Internet-based Test: Minimum 92 (120-point scale)
- TOEFL, Paper-based Test: Minimum 580 (677-point scale)
- IELTS: Minimum score of 7
- MELAB: Minimum score of 82
Applicants are exempt from taking English proficiency tests if (a) the official language of previous instruction was English or (b) they have completed at least two full-time semesters of graded coursework, not including ESL courses, in a U.S. college or university.
2. To determine your academic record and degree equivalent and whether it qualifies you for admission to graduate study, review the Grad School admissions requirements. Locate your school and then check minimum quality for UW–Madison Graduate School admission and minimum level for UW–Madison Graduate School admission. If your school is not listed there, or if you have other questions, please contact graduate advisor Lisa Aarli.
3. International applicants are required to have adequate financial resources to cover their expenses for the duration of their studies at UW–Madison. Do not send any financial statements until requested.