Indiana University

Indiana University Journalism

Graduate Admissions

You don't need previous journalism experience to enroll in the master’s degree program; it is tailored to meet the needs of both students with experience and students new to the field. However, it is helpful to have some professional experience for the doctoral program.

Applying for IU Journalism graduate programs is easy. Applications for both the master's degree in journalism and the Ph.D. in mass communications require the same materials.

Applications for the master’s and Ph.D. degree are accepted for fall semester entry only. Prospective students must submit all materials to IU Journalism by Dec. 1 for international students and Jan. 15 for domestic students.

Only complete applications will be considered. Complete applications are defined as those accompanied by the application fee and containing transcripts, GRE and, if necessary, TOEFL scores, and the other materials described below.

The program admits new students only in the fall. Exceptions for spring admission will be granted only to those students who are enrolled in dual-degree programs supported by IU Journalism and who were enrolled as full-time students the previous semester.

Required materials:

U.S. residents and international students may apply online to begin the application process.
  • Online application: Indiana University charges a non-refundable application fee of $55 for domestic students and $65 for international students. The online application fee must be paid via credit card. Applications are not reviewed until the fee is paid.
  • A current résumé or curriculum vitae (CV).
  • A brief personal statement (required for both the master’s and Ph.D. degree). This is included as part of the online application. The statement should describe background, career goals and research interests. The statement should be double-spaced and no longer than two pages for master’s applicants and no longer than four pages for doctoral applicants.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores: The Educational Testing Service will mail scores directly to IU Journalism for U.S. citizens. International students should have the Educational Testing Service mail scores to International Admissions (see below). Successful applicants are expected to have verbal and quantitative GRE scores above 152 and an analytical score above 4.0. However, the school will review applicants who fall slightly short of this requirement if they have other qualifications that would promise their success in the graduate program. Generally, computer-based tests taken through November should reach the IU Graduate School by the Jan. 15 deadline. When taking the GRE, please note that IU’s institutional code is 1324.
  • Transcripts:
    • Students who are U.S. citizens should have official transcripts of all college coursework mailed directly to IU Journalism:
      Admissions Coordinator
      IU Journalism
      940 E. Seventh St.
      Bloomington, IN 47405
    • International students should have official transcripts of all college coursework mailed directly to the IU Office of International Services:
      Office of International Services
      Poplars 221
      400 E. Seventh St.
      Bloomington, IN 47405
  • Recommendation letters: Three recommendation letters from academic and professional sources best qualified to evaluate the applicant’s potential as a graduate student may be submitted either online or by mail. If by mail, the recommenders may send letters in signed and sealed envelopes to IU Journalism at the above address.
  • English proficiency test: Applicants whose native language is not English must certify English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This requirement includes international students who have been or currently are enrolled a U.S. educational institution. International students must score at least 100 points on the Internet-based exam, 250 points on the computer-based TOEFL exam, or 600 on the paper-based exam. Please note that IU’s institutional code is 1324.