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Admissions Info Sessions

Berkeley Journalism admissions representatives, students and faculty regularly conduct on-campus information sessions, and participate in graduate recruiting events around California and across the country.

Program and Admissions Information Sessions @ UC Berkeley

Join Berkeley Journalism for an admissions info session. We will talk about the program, the application, and what the admissions committee is looking for in an applicant. A tour of North Gate Hall will take place at the end of the info session if time permits.

 

  • Wednesday, November 1,  6-7:30 pm,  Library, North Gate Hall, UCB

Click here to RSVP for 11/1 info session.

 

  • Tuesday, October 10, 6:30-8 pm, Library, North Gate Hall, UCB - Joint Info Session with top US Journalism schools.

Confirmed participants: Columbia Journalism School, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.  Possible participants: Medill School of Journalism.

Click here to RSVP for 10/10 joint info session.

 

Program and Admissions Information Sessions @ NYC

  • Thursday, October 5, 6:30-7:30pm

Join Berkeley Journalism alum and Associate Producer at NBC News Whitney Pennington Rodgers for a discussion about the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism program. Learn about curriculum, student life and the application process from someone who's been there, done that, and now works at 30 Rock!

IMPORTANT: In order to attend you must pre-register and you must also provide your Photo ID at the security check-in table the day of the event. Pre-registration will close at noon on Tuesday, October 3rd.

Click here to RSVP for NYC info session

 

Virtual Program and Admissions Information Sessions

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Journalism Conferences

Asian American Journalists Association annual conference, Philadelphia, PA, July 27 & 28, 2017

National Association of Black Journalists annual conference, New Orleans, LA, August 9, 10 & 11, 2017

National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Excellence in Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists, and Native American Journalists Association annual conference, Anaheim, CA, September 7 & 8, 2017

 

Admissions Open House Event

Join us on Monday, October 9th, 2017 for our annual all-day Open House event! Participants meet faculty members, students and staff, sit in on classes and presentations, learn about our financial aid and career planning services, and find out all about our Master of Journalism program. This event is especially designed for those who are seriously considering applying to Berkeley Journalism in the near future.

Please RSVP for Open House.

 

Visiting Campus

Visiting North Gate Hall is a great way to learn more about Berkeley Journalism. Make the most of your trip by sitting in on classes and meeting with instructors, students and staff. Take a look at our Course Schedule and identify a few classes that you are interested in attending while you are here. If you would like to attend a class, please contact the professor for permission. Check out the student and faculty pages on our website. Many students and faculty have their email address linked to their profiles. You can contact the people you are interested in meeting with to see if they are free to meet with you at some point during your visit.

You can also schedule a school tour and admissions advising appointment with Camille Koué, our Director of Admissions.

 

Talk With Us

Schedule a school tour and/or in-person or by-phone admissions advising appointment with Camille Koué, our Director of Admissions. Click here to schedule.

If you have questions, please email our Admissions Team at journalism_admissions@berkeley.edu or call 510-643-0167.

 

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J-SCHOOL ADMISSIONS

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a degree in a specific major to be considered for admission?

The J‑School admits applicants with a wide variety of Bachelor's degrees, from Anthropology to Zoology. An applicant with a technical or science background can approach reporting from a unique perspective. Your performance as an undergraduate is important, just as your commitment to reporting is important.

Are there any prerequisite courses that I need to have taken?

No specific prerequisite coursework is required beyond the successful completion of your bachelor's degree.

What counts as journalism experience?

The admissions committee looks for your dedication to becoming the best reporter you can be. Applicants who demonstrate solid reporting skills and a strong work ethic are favored. The most impressive applicants report stories that have not been previously reported, provide significant value to the community, lack personal bias, show meticulous research, sharp interviewing skills, integrity, and good judgment. Many do this while having an unrelated day job. Research and expertise in technologies and specific topics (eg biochemistry, data visualization) are also impressive to the admissions committee.

If I don't have any journalism experience, do I have a chance of being admitted?

If you have not done any reporting, then it is more difficult to be a successful applicant. However, the admissions committee looks closely at other qualifications and achievements that indicate you are a strong candidate. Also, those who produce journalistic work during the months before the deadline are impressive, and sometimes unpublished journalistic work can be as strong as published work. Finally, if you need more samples of work, one of the best ways to learn and improve your reporting techniques is to ask a journalist to mentor you. A good mentor will allow you to pitch him/her story ideas, show you storytelling techniques, and help you with the editing and connections you need to get your work published.

What GPA is required in order to be considered for admission?

UC Berkeley requires that all US Citizens who apply to graduate programs have an Advanced GPA of at least 3.0. An Advanced GPA is all grades received after your first two years of college-level course work. This grade calculator from the Graduate School of Education can help you calculate your Advanced GPA. Your Advanced GPA is required to submit the application, however we do not require a GPA calculation worksheet. If your grade is not based on a 4-point scale, as is the case for most international students, please enter your undergraduate cumulative GPA, as determined by your institution.

 

Occasionally an exception can be made if professional experience outweighs the significance of an applicant's performance in college. There is a text box on the application that you can use to provide an explanation about your grades. You can use this to explain why your grades do not reflect of your merit for a Master of Journalism.

What transcripts are required?

Applicants should have a BA or BS from an accredited institution. Applicants must submit transcripts for ALL college-level course work. Transcripts can be unofficial but must show degree conferred (if any), the institution’s name, and the applicant’s full name. Transcripts must be loaded into the online application as PDFs and must be legible. Hard copies will be required if admission is offered.

I took the GRE, should I submit my scores even though they are no longer required?

The GRE is important if you are applying for the FLAS fellowship or if you are applying for a concurrent program that requires it. Otherwise, you do not need to take or report a GRE score.

I took the GRE, should I submit my scores even though they are no longer required?

The GRE is important if you are applying for the FLAS fellowship or if you are applying for a concurrent program that requires it. Otherwise, you do not need to take or report a GRE score.

What are acceptable work samples?

Your three work samples as a whole should highlight your ability as a reporter and storyteller. Please keep in mind that the Admissions Committee is looking for evidence that you have basic reporting skills, which include story identification, thorough background research, fact checking, cultivating appropriate sources and quoting them directly, and storytelling abilities.

Work samples can be unpublished and they can be in any format: print, video, or audio pieces, multimedia pieces, online projects like data-driven stories, in-depth interactive graphics or interactive documentaries, or other abstract new media forms, such as VR, apps, or similar projects.

Work samples can be uploaded as PDFs, image or audio files, or submitted as URLs. If submitting a URL, be sure to include any additional information needed to access the materials online (e.g. if password-protected). It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure a working link and full accessibility to materials during the review period of the application. Be sure it’s clear that you are either the sole author/producer of each work sample, or specify exactly what your role was in creating the piece using the provided text box on the application.

International applicants can send work samples in another language, so long as an English translation, by the applicant, is provided.

Does the Journalism School accept transfer credit from other institutions?

No.

Does the Journalism School offer summer classes?

Undergraduates may enroll in the Summer Minor Program.  However, we do not offer graduate-level courses during the summer.

Can I apply to be a part-time student? Does the Journalism School offer any correspondence/online courses?

The program is a two-year, full-time Master of Journalism program. We only admit students each fall semester. For workshops and short courses, please visit Berkeley AMI which offers workshops and custom training programs for mid-career journalists.

How will the program work for me if I am interested in Documentary?

All applicants will be evaluated equally by the admissions committee. You must be a student in our journalism program before being considered for advanced documentary coursework. Enrolled students can begin taking Introductory TV Production courses in their first semester. At the end of the second semester, the students who show the most dedication and merit have the opportunity to enroll in advanced documentary classes.

Will it help me to submit more than 3 letters of recommendation?

No. Please ask your three best recommenders to submit letters on your behalf. The admissions committee will not review more than three letters per applicant.

When do the letters of recommendation need to be submitted?

Your recommenders will be able to submit their letters after the December 1st deadline. However, please urge your recommenders to submit their letters as close to the deadline as possible so that we have them by the time your application is reviewed.

What if my recommender doesn't have a corporate email address?

If your recommender does not have a work or corporate email address, using a personal email address (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo) will be fine.

Why are their two sections in the application for me to submit work samples?

You only need to submit your work samples one time. The Journalism Program section allows you to submit work samples as PDFs or URLs. The Audio/Visual Uploads section allows you to submit audio and video files. The type of file or link you choose to submit is up to you, we have no preference.

Do I fill out my employment history as well as submit a resume?

Yes. Please fill out the Employment section as well as upload a resume on the Supporting Materials section. No other materials are required for the Supporting Materials section besides the resume.

Will I automatically be considered for funding?

Yes, all applicants are automatically considered for need-based and merit-based funding. All applicants will receive their admissions notice in February. If you are admitted into the school, you will also receive an email around the same time with information on your financial aid package. We also encourage all applicants to apply for outside funding at the same time they apply to graduate school.

What is the time commitment and can I work while going to school?

This is an intensive full-time professional graduate program. It is basically impossible to work full time while in the program. It is hard to work at all during your first semester. After the first semester, the course schedule becomes a bit more flexible and it is possible to work part time. Some of our students freelance, some work on campus as Graduate Student Instructors, and some find other types of part-time employment. The Berkeley Advanced Media Institute and the summer journalism minor will sometimes hire our students to help with their courses. The J-School offers about 15 merit fellowships to second-year students, which you can apply for towards the end of your first year. These are some of the ways our students earn money while attending school, but none of these is guaranteed and you must apply for all of them.