Apply to Journalism and Media Studies Graduate Program
Who can apply to our graduate program?
Recipients of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better in the last two years (60 hours) of undergraduate work.
When to apply to our graduate program?
The department has rolling review of applications. Rolling review for completed applications ceases six weeks prior to the beginning of classes. All applications received after that point will be reviewed for the next subsequent semester.
When are applications reviewed?
All paper work — application, transcripts, test scores (GRE, TOEFL), statement, letters of recommendation — must be on file before the application will be reviewed. When the applicant’s fully completed application is in hand, the graduate admissions committee evaluates each application and recommends for or against admission into the department. The department’s graduate studies director, Dr. Mark Walters, informs applicants if admission has been recommended.
Additional details about graduate study and admission (including the state’s immunization requirements) are found in the current USFSP Graduate catalog.
Frequently Asked Questions
- An online application form.
- A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score (MAT, LSAT and GMAT are also accepted). Your scores should be sent directly to USF’s institution code: 5828.
The application materials listed below should be sent directly to the Graduate Studies Office, USF St. Petersburg, 140 7th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5016. Do not send these items anywhere but to this address.
- A detailed letter of intent for seeking an M.A. in journalism, including discussion of: your background, especially the academic and professional aspects, the specific scholarly, policy, or professional issues in which you have an interest, how your background has prepared you to excel in the journalism M.A. program, and how you intend to apply your education when you complete our M.A. program.
- Three letters of recommendation from qualified people who are familiar with the nature of the work required of graduate students in the social sciences, and who can address your ability to excel in this type of work.
- Three examples of professional or academic writing or professional visual work (such as photo documentaries and video stories).
- A copy of your transcripts from your previous college or university registrar’s office.
- A copy of recent resume.
Here is a checklist of all the documents you need for a complete application.