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Master of Science in Journalism

Admission to the MSJ Program

Admission to the WVU Reed College of Media’s Master of Science in Journalism (MSJ) program is limited to holders of baccalaureate or equivalent degrees from institutions of higher learning.

Applicants should have at least 153 (Verbal) and 144 (Quantitative) scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and overall grade-point averages (GPA) of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. MSJ cohorts generally begin in the fall semester. To receive top consideration for graduate assistantships, applicants should strive to submit their application materials by Feb. 1. Applications will be considered after this date.

The graduate committee at the College of Media considers all applications for admission. The director of graduate studies advises all students on courses to take, projects to undertake, special training to obtain and appropriate outside areas for study. 

An applicant who does not meet the minimum GRE and/or GPA requirement(s) may be accepted only if the low GPA or GRE scores are offset by extraordinary factors. Excellent recommendations, unusual grading patterns (e.g., a steady rise in grades), an outstanding statement of purpose or examples of professional accomplishment sometimes can offset low GRE scores or a low GPA. 

How to Apply 

Applicants must begin the graduate application process through the WVU Office of Admissions and Records, which requires an online application form, official transcripts and a non-refundable application fee. See the WVU Graduate Admissions website for specific instructions.

The College of Media requires the GRE for admission to its MSJ program. Scores must be sent as part of the student’s application. (The following codes should be used: WVU is 5904 and Journalism/Mass Communications is 4503.) GRE scores should be directed to the WVU Office of Admissions and Records at: 
 West Virginia University 
Admissions and Records Graduate Admissions 
PO Box 6510 
Morgantown, WV 26506-6510 

In addition, each applicant must submit to the College of Media director of graduate studies: 
A statement of purpose (500 words maximum) explaining his or her interest in a graduate journalism degree, possible areas of research interest and professional goals 
At least two letters of recommendation 
A resume 
Three to five examples of published work (print, broadcast, photography or multimedia). All applicants are encouraged to include at least one research paper as one of their writing samples. 
International students, for whom English is not their official language, must include TOEFL scores. The minimum TOEFL scores needed for admission to WVU are 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test), 79 (Internet test) or 6.5 IELTS.

Mailing address: 

Steve Urbanski, Ph.D. 
Director of Graduate Studies 
Reed College of Media 
West Virginia University 
PO Box 6010 
1511 University Avenue 
Morgantown, WV 26506-6010 

For more information about the MSJ program, applicants should contact: 

Dr. Steve Urbanski 
Steve.Urbanski@mail.wvu.edu 
(304) 293-6797.