Application Deadlines

Doctoral program: January 1, 2018 for Fall 2018 admission.

Media Studies master’s: February 1, 2018 for Fall 2018 admission.

Advertising & Brand Responsibility (Eugene): February 1, 2018 for Fall 2018 admission.

Journalism master’s (Eugene): Please note – this program begins Summer term (classes start late June)
-1st round priority deadline: September 30th, 2017
-2nd round: December 30, 2017
-3rd round: March 30, 2018
-4th round: After March 30th, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis

Strategic Communication master’s (Portland):
-1st round priority deadline: November 15, 2017
-2nd round: February 15, 2018
-3rd round: April 15, 2018
-4th round: After April 15, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis

Multimedia Journalism master’s (Portland):
-1st round priority deadline: November 15, 2017
-2nd round: February 15, 2018
-3rd round: April 15, 2018
-4th round: After April 15, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis

Note: Admission to the graduate program is granted only for Fall term (or Summer term for the Eugene Journalism program).  We do not offer mid-year admission.

How to Apply

You will need to complete the online graduate application for the University of Oregon SOJC graduate programs. The non-refundable application fee is $70.00 for domestic applicants and $90.00 for international applicants. Please keep your login credentials (username and password) from the Graduate Admissions Application in a safe place.

There are two sections to the online application. The first section is the general application to the Graduate School; the second details the requirements of the SOJC graduate program application. Information and/or material you will need to complete your application includes:

  • Graduate School (General Information)
    • Personal
    • Residency
    • Education
  • Department/Program Level
    • Personal Statement
    • Resume or CV
    • Writing Sample
    • GRE Scores (Note change in policy starting with Fall 2018 admission: Required for Media Studies MA/PhD, Optional for other programs)
      • self-report online AND send official copies to the UO code: 4846
    • TOEFL or IELTS Scores (Only for non-native English speakers) (self-report; send official copies to the UO code: 4846)
    • Transcripts (PDF copies; send official copies to the Office of Admissions)
    • Recommenders (names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails)

Completing the Online Application

Personal Statement
A 750- to 1,000-word essay describing your academic and career goals. The essay should focus on the relationship between your past academic and professional experience and your future goals, as well as how you expect the program to help you meet those goals. Before writing your personal statement, be sure to review the webpage for the specific program to which you’re applying.

Writing Sample/Portfolio

Doctoral applicants should include an abstract and one or more chapters of their master’s thesis (if you did not write a thesis, then you should submit a recent research paper).

Media Studies Master’s applicants should submit a sample of scholarly writing and/or research or evidence of professional work if applicable.

Multimedia Journalism Master’s applicants should submit copies of their published work, including any visual/multimedia work.

Journalism Master’s applicants should submit a sample of scholarly writing and/or research or evidence of professional work if applicable.

Strategic Communication Master’s applicants should include professional work such as: writing samples from your current job that focus on persuasive communication that could include advertisements, press releases, brochures, sales letters, presentations, and strategic recommendations.

Advertising & Brand Responsibility Master’s applicants should include one or more writing samples such as: research papers, articles, or work-related writing samples. In addition to writing sample(s), you may also include visual or multimedia work samples, such as photos, videos, short films, etc. that illustrate brand-related work.

NOTE: If your work is web-based, upload a document containing the link(s) to the work.

Letters of Recommendation
Identify three persons familiar with your intellectual ability and academic record, and who can provide an estimation of your success as a teacher if you are applying for a Graduate Teaching Fellowship.

The online application requests contact information (name, address, phone number, and email) for a minimum of three and maximum of four recommenders. You may provide each recommender with the ability to respond prior to finishing your application by completing the recommenders’ page. Fill in the required information for at least three and press “Submit.” An automated email will be sent to each recommender with instructions on how to respond. Once you’ve entered information and emails have been sent, you will not be able to modify any recommender information.

Official Transcripts
a.  Upload PDF copies of your transcripts from all institutions you have attended to the online application form.
b.  In addition, have all institutions from which you have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher mail official transcripts to:

University of Oregon
Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1217

NOTE: Applicants for the Ph.D. program must have received an MA/MS or equivalent (or plan to finish one before starting the program) to be considered for admission.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Note change in policy effective for Fall 2018 admission: The GRE General Test is required for the media studies master’s and PhD programs. We recommend minimum scores of 153 on the Verbal section, 150 on the Quantitative section, and 4.0 on the Analytical Writing section.

Test scores must be self-reported in the online application and the official report of your test scores must also be sent directly to the UO code: 4846.

The GRE is not required for professional master’s programs.

Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (Non-native English speakers only)

A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to the University of Oregon. International applicants must show proof of language proficiency through one of the following three methods:

Method Requirement
TOEFL Score Minimum Score: 600 (Paper) or 100 (Internet-Based).
IELTS Score Minimum Academic Score: 7.0 overall band score.
Degree from English-speaking country Submit degree transcripts proving that you have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.

Scores must be no more than 2 years old at the time of application.

Test scores must be self-reported in the online application and the official report of your test scores must also be sent directly to the UO code: 4846.

All application materials become the property of the University of Oregon and will not be returned.

International applicants
U.S. Government regulations require that the University of Oregon verify the availability of sufficient financial support for non-immigrant students before a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or DS-2019) can be issued. International students must submit supporting financial documents (e.g., Graduate Employment (GE) offer letter, scholarship award letter) and/or bank statements with their applications.

Students planning to be sponsored by an agency, government or other sponsor should have proof of financial support sent from the sponsoring agency (e.g., a letter from the sponsor and copies of the sponsor’s bank statement).

Financial verification documents should be emailed to uoglobal@uoregon.edu or mailed to:

Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1217

More information about requirements for international applicants can be found on the Graduate School website.

Application Status and Admission Decisions

Application Status
The applicant is responsible for ensuring all documents required to complete the application are uploaded correctly and submitted by the deadline. Click here to view the status of your application through the self-monitoring portion of your online application.

Contact information:

Media Studies: 
Jered Nagel, Graduate Programs Manager
Telephone: (541) 346-6304 | E-mail: sojcgrad@uoregon.edu 

Professional Master’s Programs:
Stacy Bazzana, Graduate Recruitment Manager
Telephone: (503) 412-3706 | E-mail: bazzana@uoregon.edu