The deadline to apply for fall 2017 is December 15, 2016.

New students are admitted to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication for the fall semester only. A six-member committee of faculty members reviews each application. Among the indicators considered for admission are:

  • Quality of an applicant’s academic record and standardized test scores
  • 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

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 before the start of the fall semester for which they are applying.
  • Applicants must receive their 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.: (Visit the Ph.D. in Mass Communications website for more information.)

  • Bachelor’s and thesis-based Master’s degrees from accredited institutions
  • Applicants must receive their 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.

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, click here. 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 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.