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Apply to M.A. in Journalism and Media Studies
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.
Graduate students are admitted in the fall, spring and summer semesters.
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.
Deadlines to apply:
1. Applications for SUMMER admission should be complete no later than the previous March 15.
2. Applications for FALL admission should be completed no later than the previous March 15 IF the applicant would like to be considered for any available graduate assistantship awards in fall. Students who do not want to be considered for graduate assistantships have until July 1 to apply for fall admission.
3. Applications for SPRING admission should be complete no later than the previous October 15, with late review available until November 15.
A prospective graduate student may take a journalism course as non-degree seeking student while completing an application to the program or awaiting an application review. To complete an application for non-degree seeking status, visit www.facts.org.
Formal application to the M.A. program in journalism requires:
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. Xiaopeng Wang, 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 USF Graduate catalog at Web site of the USF St. Petersburg Graduate Studies.
Applicants from other disciplines
Dual degree program
The Department seeks motivated graduate students for our assistantship and fellowship programs. Assistantship possibilities include teaching and research with faculty members in the department, in local high school, middle school and elementary programs, and at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Exceptional students may receive funds from the St. Petersburg Times Fellowship program.
Graduate assistantships are available on a competetive basis for students who qualify. Students must be formally admitted to the M.A. in journalism program and must be full time (nine credit hours) for the term in which the assistantship is held. The duties and responsibilities of graduate assistants vary, and may include research or service support as well as assisting instructors with undergraduate journalism and media studies courses. Graduate assistants receive funding that is roughly equivalent to a full in-state tuition waiver. Assistantships are generally awarded to begin in the fall term. Deadlines for consideration for a graduate assistantship or other departmental support is March 15. Graduate assistantships that become available at mid-year are advertised to current and potential graduate students as they become available.
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