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Media, Film and Journalism Studies 2012-2013

Admission Requirements

Application Process
Following are the simple steps to apply for graduate study in Media, Film, and Journalism Studies at the University of Denver. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.

1. Apply Online / Application Deadlines
Applications for graduate study in Media, Film & Journalism Studies at the University of Denver must be submitted online. Although applications for fall quarter will be accepted until early summer, student desiring priority admission and financial aid should have all online materials, and all supplemental materials sent by postal mail, in the Office of Graduate Studies by the program's stated deadline:  February 15 for domestic students and January 1 for international students. It is suggested that students begin their programs in the fall quarter. Occasionally, students are allowed to enter in the winter or the spring quarter.

1. Apply Online
A $65 non-refundable application fee is required for an application to be processed. Application fee waivers are available for McNair Scholars.

2. Transcripts / Course and Degree Prerequisites and Requirements
An undergraduate degree in communications is not required for admission to graduate programs in Media, Film & Journalism Studies. However, some prerequisites may be required for the video program. Appropriate undergraduate courses may satisfy prerequisites or the student may fulfill them after admission to the program.

Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended, or are presently attending, where two quarter hours (or one semester hour) or more were completed. Proof of a bachelor's, and if applicable, a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required.  Applicants must also account for any study undertaken outside the United States. If study abroad course work with grades and course titles do not appear on a transcript, those records must be obtained as well.  All transcripts must be official and received in the Office of Graduate Studies in a sealed envelope. University of Denver students and alumni do not need to provide DU transcripts as these will be requested by the Office of Graduate Studies.

Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Students who have earned a degree outside the U.S. must also submit proof of graduation, typically through a degree certificate or diploma. If you have been educated outside the U.S., we encourage you to contact the Office of Graduate Studies for assistance regarding transcript-related materials. DU's in-house foreign credential evaluation may take up to four weeks. This evaluation must be complete by the program's stated deadline. Applicants with education credentials from outside of the U.S. are encouraged to apply early.

3. Test Scores
All applicants must submit GRE scores and generally must be at or above the 50th percentile.
Applicants for whom English is a second language but who have received a degree at an institution where English is the language of instruction and examination are not required, but are strongly encouraged, to submit TOEFL scores, along with GRE scores.

Scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing agency by the program's stated deadline. The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842. Non-native English speakers are required to provide scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please note: this requirement is independent of citizenship status.

The minimum TOEFL score accepted by the Media, Film & Journalism Studies program at DU is 105 (iBT) or 620 (paper-based). The TOEFL TWE minimum score is 4.5 or 27 writing iBT. The minimum IELTS score accepted is 7.5. Non-native English speakers who hold a post-secondary degree from an institution where English is the only language of instruction and examination or who hold a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree from a U.S. institution are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. There are no exemptions for graduate teaching assistants. 

Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) must demonstrate fluency in spoken English by scoring a 26 on the TOEFL speaking section or 8.0 on the IELTS speaking section. Please visit the International Applicant webpage for a list of TOEFL/IELTS requirements.

4. Personal Statement
A personal statement of academic and professional goals and objectives is required.  The statement should be submitted via upload through the online application process.

5. Recommendation Letters
Three letters of recommendation are required and at least one should be academic in nature (e.g. a former professor). These letters should be solicited and uploaded by recommenders through the online application system. Letters must be received by the program's stated deadline.

6. Financial Support
Students can apply for two types of financial aid: merit-based department financial aid (includes Graduate Teaching Assistantships and graduate scholarships); and, federal financial aid including student loans and work study. Applications for teaching assistantships, scholarships or other departmental financial aid for the following academic year should be received by February 15. Applications for aid arriving after February 15 will be given consideration if assistantships and scholarships are still available.

To be considered for federal financial aid, domestic applicants should apply early and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline: February 15. Information about financial aid can be found on the Office of Financial Aid website. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

7. Application Status
We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online at PioneerWeb.

Mailing Address
Mail official transcripts and any supplemental admission materials not submitted with the online application to:

University of Denver
Office of Graduate Studies
Mary Reed Building, Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-4802

International Applicants
For complete international applicant information, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies International Student Application Information. International applicants are strongly encouraged to have their applications complete at least six weeks prior to the program's application deadline.