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Journalism  Master's


What is Journalism at WVU like?


The Reed College of Media’s Master of Science in Journalism program provides students with an advanced understanding of media disciplines, preparing them for careers in the industry or academia.

Students may choose an Area of Emphasis (AOE) in Teaching/Research Professional, Advocacy and Public Interest Communication, Digital Publishing, Media Solutions and Innovation, Reporting and Writing, Television and Visual Journalism.

Students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects and to participate in and help lead web-based, immersion journalism projects, such as “West Virginia Uncovered: Multimedia Journalism from the Mountains,” “Starting Over: Loss and Renewal in Katrina’s Aftermath” and “Taking Part: The Artists with Disabilities Project,” and "100 Days in Appalachia."

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own term of admission and application deadline. Applicants can only apply for admission for the term displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall: February 1

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What are the requirements to apply for Journalism at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Journalism graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Résumé /CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Essay/Writing Sample (Contact a Graduate Program Representative for a Prompt)
  • Letters of Recommendation - Two
  • GRE

Additional application considerations:

  • Applicants to the MSJ program who have two or more years of professional work experience — or at least two professionally oriented internships — or applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher are exempt from submitting GRE scores. All other applicants are required to submit GRE scores (taken within the past five years). If applicants are unsure if their work/internship experience qualifies for a GRE exemption, they should contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Steve Urbanski.

  • Writing sample: 3-5 examples of published work, (academic research papers if not published)

Applications that are incomplete or submitted after the deadline may be reviewed if openings remain.

International Applicants must also submit the materials outlined here.

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