Creating honest, bold journalism that moves the world is not easy.

At their best, journalists hold those in power.  Today’s journalism is demanding, rigorous and technologically sophisticated. To thrive, we must be curious, creative, relentless, fearless and passionate.

Not surprisingly, admission to UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism is highly competitive.

In addition to undergraduate transcripts, we are most interested in an applicant’s

  • work samples
  • letters of recommendation
  • personal essays

What do we look for? An aptitude for reporting and a flair for storytelling. A dogged determination to pursue stories of public significance, report them thoroughly, and get them right. In short, the skills of a great journalist: passion, grit, civic commitment, and imaginative approaches to unearthing and explaining contemporary realities for the benefit of the public.

Application deadline:
December 2nd at 8:59 pm PST

Application available:
September

Top 11 Reasons to Attend Berkeley

#1

It’s extremely competitive out there.

It helps to have an edge.

#2

Our reputation becomes your reputation.

And ours is stellar.

#3

You’ll do better work, and it will matter more.

We focus on the world’s most critical issues.

#1  It’s extremely competitive out there.

It helps to have an edge.

#2  Our reputation becomes your reputation.

And ours is stellar.

#3  You’ll do better work, and it will matter more.

We focus on the world’s most critical issues.

#4  Our successful alumni will want to meet you.

And they might hire you – or connect you.

#5  We enroll only 60 students per year (maximum).

You’ll get personal attention in a tight-knit community.

#6  Sunny California.

The average February temperature is 60o. True, we once got 8 inches of snow … in 1922.

#7  The thriving Bay Area.

From Silicon Valley to Napa Valley.

#8  A hotbed of curious minds.

UC Berkeley is routinely ranked the top public university in the world.

#9  We’ll help you pay for your degree.

It’s still not cheap, but it’s worth it.

#10  It takes time to learn the skills you’ll need.

That’s why our program takes two years.

#11  You don’t just learn journalism – you graduate as a journalist.

Our Areas of Excellence provide a foundation of knowledge.

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Basic Information for Applicants

The requirements for admission are covered elsewhere on this site.
But here are a few facts and pointers that will help you as you prepare to apply:

  • You don’t need a specific major to apply. Just a Bachelor’s degree. We get applicants with majors from anthropology to zoology.
  • There are no academic prerequisite courses.
  • Journalistic experience is a plus, and many of our students have worked 2-5 years in the field. But strong expressive skills and evidence of curiosity and enterprise have positioned candidates with less experience to succeed here.
  • But you don’t need to be a working journalist currently. However, some applicants are working with a mentor in journalism – we’re impressed by that.
  • You must submit 3 samples of your work as a journalist. But we’re pretty open about what that includes. For example, unpublished work is OK.
  • The most important qualification? A passion for reporting. But excellent undergrad performance definitely helps – and you should have at least a 3.0 GPA or equivalent.
  • We’re looking for skills reporters need. Do you have work that shows meticulous research, sharp interviewing skills, integrity and good judgement?
  • Journalism is hard work. We love applicants who show us a strong work ethic.
  • We do not accept transfer credits. And no, we’ve never made an exception.
  • We greatly prefer applicants who follow our instructions. So, please submit only what we ask for; for example, three letters of recommendation is enough.
  • While our program is full-time, most of our students do work at some point during the two years.  Some freelance, others are Graduate Student instructors. But don’t underestimate the time commitment – it is intensive.