Cuny graduate School of Journalism Application Checklist


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CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Application Checklist

Application Deadline for Fall 2015 Admission: January 2, 2015


ALL THE ITEMS BELOW MUST BE UPLOADED TO THE ONLINE APPLICATION.  DO NOT SUBMIT HARD COPIES TO THE CUNY J-SCHOOL OR THE GRADUATE CENTER!

CUNY Graduate Center Online Application including:   

  • Personal Statement (uploaded to the online application)
    In no more than 1,000 words, tell us about your personal background and your interests. And since journalism is not for the faint of heart, please explain what draws you to the profession, what subjects you'd like to shine a light on, and what you hope to gain from studying at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

  • Academic Transcripts (uploaded to the online application)
    We require transcripts from all academic institutions attended even if you did not enroll in courses in your field.

  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    When you complete your online application, you will be asked for the email address of each recommender and our application system will send an email directly to each recommender. The recommender is asked to upload a personal letter of recommendation and they are asked to answer one question, which consists of how do they recommend the applicant.  Your recommenders may include professors, editors, employers, community leaders, or any other non-family individual who can appraise your academic, personal, or professional achievements and can speak to your journalistic potential. If for some reason your recommender does not receive the email from the Graduate Center to upload their recommendation, your recommender may send the recommendation to: admissions@gc.cuny.edu and copy admissions@journalism.cuny.edu on the email.

  • Current One-Page Resume (uploaded to the online application)

  • Clips/Writing Samples (uploaded to the online application)
    Three samples of work are required. Two samples must be written samples and one of the three required samples may be an audio or video file. If you don't have any audio/video samples to submit, then all three samples may be written pieces. Work samples must be non-fiction and can include published news clips, academic papers, or unpublished writing (a maximum of five pages for each written work sample).  Audio/Video files must be submitted via web link listed on the online application that directs the committee to a site where you have hosted your work.

  • Admissions Entrance Exam
    The admissions exam is designed to give us an idea of your interest in current affairs, your analytical and editing skills, and your ability to write clearly and concisely in a timed environment. Please check out our sample exams.  For applicants in the New York Metro area, there will be several weekday and weekend test dates in December and January on our campus. For applicants who are overseas or who are outside of New York, testing can be arranged with a proctor of your choosing. A proctor may be a professor, supervisor, colleague, librarian, or local testing center. Information on registering for the exam will be sent out by email in December and testing will take place through the end of January. If you haven't received the email by mid-December, please email admissions@journalism.cuny.edu

  • Interview
    More information about scheduling an interview will be sent out by email in December and testing will take place through the end of January. For applicants who are overseas or who are outside of New York, phone or skype video interviews can be arranged. If you haven't received the email by mid-December, please email admissions@journalism.cuny.edu

  • Optional Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    The GRE is optional and is not required to apply to the program. However, if you took the GRE and believe your scores will enhance your application, then you may submit the scores to the CUNY Graduate Center (code 2113). Students will not be penalized if they do not submit GRE scores. To schedule a test date, please visit http://www.gre.org. Scores should be sent to CUNY’s Graduate Center, Code 2113. It takes about 14 days for your official scores to reach us, so make sure your test date will allow enough time for us to receive the scores by the application deadline.

  • Optional Video: Applicants are invited to produce and upload a 1-3 minute video to provide additional insight into you, as a person and as a candidate, for the J-School Admissions Committee. The content of the video is entirely up to you. It must be available on an easily accessible website, such as YouTube, and must be provided only in the form of a URL link. The video needs to be available to view until the end of March. Please submit the video link via email to admissions@journalism.cuny.edu. Deadline for submission of the video is January 23, 2015.

  • Application Fee ($65)
    Payments can be made by check or money order payable to: The Graduate Center. Please note: candidates to the Journalism School should disregard the $125 application fee listed on the Graduate Center's website. If sending the application fee by mail: Graduate School of Journalism Office of Admissions, The Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10016-4309.

International Applicants (upload all materials to the online application)


If you attended an institution where the language of instruction is not English, all documents must be accompanied by certified English translations. Documents cannot be returned. Recommendation letters written in languages other than English must also be translated by certified English translation services.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    It is required that applicants who have not studied and earned a degree in the US, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand or Australia, must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), administered internationally by Educational Testing Service, and request ETS To report examination results directly to Admissions, The Graduate Center-College Code 2113, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016. Please note the minimum score requirement on the TOEFL Computer-Based Test (CBT) is 260, and the Internet-Based Test (iBT) is 105. 

Financial Aid


Financial Aid Forms for applicants who wish to be considered for federal loans and/or need-based scholarships:

  • Federal Direct Loan Application is needed if you are applying for federal loans. The 2015-2016 application will become available in Spring 2015.

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