Admission to UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism is highly competitive. We typically receive between 250 and 350 applications each fall for the 60 places that will be available the next year. Our faculty admissions committee pays particular attention to work samples, letters of recommendation, personal essays, interviews, and writing tests, as well as to undergraduate transcripts.
We favor applicants who demonstrate an aptitude for reporting and a flair for story-telling in the demanding, rigorous and technologically sophisticated world of contemporary journalism. The most important attribute a candidate can have is a dogged determination to pursue stories of public significance, report them thoroughly, and get them right.
Students will have ample opportunity to develop proficiencies across media once they get here. What we look for on their applications are the predispositions that dedicated reporting requires: passion, values, civic commitment, and imaginative approaches to unearthing and explaining contemporary realities for the benefit of the public.
December 1st at 11:59pm PST
Application now available UC Berkeley Graduate Admissions