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Communication & Journalism Department

Graduate student admissions

Stand Out from the Crowd


The UW COJO Graduate Program begins its review of applications during early March each year for the following fall semester. However, students are encouraged to submit materials as soon as possible to ensure a complete application file.

Study in the COJO Graduate Program begins in the fall semester. Applications are not encouraged for admittance in the spring term.


Step one:

Prospective students should contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Cindy Price Schultz, at Dr. Price Schultz can answer initial questions about graduate study and help with the application process.

Step two:

Prospective students who decide to apply should fill out the online application for admission. The application will request the necessary information needed to complete the admission process.  Required documents should be sent to the UW Admissions Office as directed in the online application. Required information includes:

  • Official GRE scores
  • Official transcripts (officially translated if foreign)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • One-page statement of purpose (why you would like a master’s degree in our program)

In addition, international students will need to supply:

  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (Most countries need this unless you completed high school or your undergraduate degree in the United States)
  • Proof of financial support
  • A scanned copy of the passport


GRE scores (combined verbal + quantitative) of 291 and a GPA of 3.00 are considered the minimum cutoff levels for potential applicants. With exceptionally high GRE scores or GPA, the department will consider provisionally admitting a student with a lower score on one of the other criteria. For international students, the minimum TOEFL scores are 540 (or 76, depending on the test) or IELTS of 6.0. The COJO Graduate Committee reviews applications to determine if candidates are qualified for admission.

Students will be notified by UW Admissions when they are fully admitted into the program.


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