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Prospective Graduate Students

Graduate Admissions

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Fall semester application deadlines:

  • Domestic applicants: February 1¬†

  • International applicants:¬†December 31

The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism offers a Master of Science degree and, in cooperation with the School of Media Arts and Studies (formerly School of Telecommunications), a Doctor of Philosophy degree in mass communication.

Students may work toward a Ph.D. in mass communication with an emphasis in either media studies or journalism.

There are differences in the doctoral programs offered by the two schools. The School of Media Arts and Studies emphasizes the study of international media, new technology and culture, media management and policy, and media studies. The School of Journalism focuses on international; legal and historical studies; visual communication; media management and public policy; and theory and empirical research.

When applying for the doctoral program, select one of the two schools. In the appropriate line on the Ohio University application form, you should specify either mass communication-media arts and studies or mass communication-journalism. Combined applications are not permitted.

Admission is based on your academic and professional background. To assist the school in evaluating your qualifications, you must submit to the graduate admissions office your application, scores on the Graduate Record Examination, and official transcripts from all colleges attended. In addition, you must submit to Graduate Director Aimee Edmondson (see address below) a professional resume, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of 500 words or less about why you want to attend graduate school. International students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit a TOEFL score (read more on international graduate applications) and post at least 100 on the Internet version or its equivalent. You need not have an undergraduate major in journalism.

Aimee Edmondson
Director of Graduate Studies
E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
Schoonover Center 231 Ohio University Athens, OH 45701-2979
Voice: 740.597.3336