- ONLINE APPLICATION, with application fee.
- SELF-ASSESSMENT ESSAY: Within your self-assessment essay, describe your qualifications, what you expect to gain from Columbia's writing-based, public affairs reporting program, and your career goals. Specificity is encouraged.
- TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
- An OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT from any and all colleges/universities attended
- WORK SAMPLE: Applicants must submit a representative sampling of published work or other examples of their non-fiction writing. Articles and other journalistic samples are best. Please do not submit poetry, plays, screenplays, or other work of this kind.
Work Sample Submission Method: Work Sample Submission Method: You may upload up to 10 work sample files to our online portfolio submission portal at columgrad.slideroom.com.*
For best image quality and faster uploads, your image and video files
should be sized to fit within 1024 x 768 pixels. Permitted file type and
size limits are:
> IMAGES: jpg, .png, .gif — 5 MB per file maximum
> VIDEO: .mov, .wmv, .flv — 60 MB per file maximum
> MUSIC: .mp3 - 30 MB per file maximum
> WRITTEN DOCS: .pdf — 10 MB per file maximum
Our SlideRoom portal offers additional instruction for submitting work, including a very helpful video tutorial. For technical assistance, visit slideroom.zendesk.com. Please direct any other questions about work samples to the Graduate Office at 312-369-7260.
*SlideRoom charges users a $10 transaction fee. By using SlideRoom, applicants avoid the expense of copying and mailing their work samples and avoid the risk of corrupted files, lost mail, broken discs, or cross-platform issues. Additionally, applicants can rest assured that the Graduate Committee on Admissions will experience their portfolio exactly how they intended.
- An interview by telephone or in person, may also be required as part of the application review process. The department will contact the student directly regarding the interview.
- Students entering the program should have journalistic experience, training, or an academic background in print journalism, broadcast journalism or a related field. Those without adequate training may still apply.
- All students who are accepted into the Journalism M.A. program are required to complete Foundations of Journalism. The class meets twice a week 9a.m. to 5p.m. for the last three weeks in August and will count for 3 graduate credit hours. Students must pass the course with a "B" or better before the beginning of the graduate program in the fall.
INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS must submit all of the above materials, as well as an official TOEFL score and a credential evaluation. Additional documents are required of admitted students. Please visit our International Students page for more information.