Application Deadlines

Doctoral program: January 1, 2018 for Fall 2018 admission. The 2018 application will open September 1, 2017. 

Media Studies master’s: February 1, 2018 for Fall 2018 admission. The 2018 application will open September 1, 2017.

Brand Responsibility (Eugene): February 1, 2018 for Fall 2018 admission. The 2018 application will open September 1, 2017.

Journalism master’s (Eugene): For Summer 2018 admission, there will be 4 rounds of application review:

  • 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): Accepting applications now for Fall 2017 admission.

Multimedia Journalism master’s (Portland): Accepting applications for Fall 2017 admission. 

*Strategic Communications, Multimedia Journalism, and Journalism: After the priority deadlines, we will continue to accept applications until all available spots are filled.

Note: Admission to the graduate program is granted only for the terms listed above. 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 (OPTIONAL) (self-report; 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 first chapter 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.

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)
The GRE General Test is optional for all applicants; if you choose to submit GRE results, we review only the verbal and quantitative portions of the test. The analytical writing score is not reviewed.

If you choose to supply GRE scores as part of your 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.

Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (Non-native English speakers only)
Applicants for whom English is a second language and who have not earned a bachelor’s degree from an English speaking country must have their TOEFL scores sent directly to the University of Oregon (UO code: 4846). TOEFL  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.

The SOJC requires a minimum score of 600 for the paper-based test or 100 for the Internet-based (iBT) version. The IELTS test score will be accepted in lieu of the TOEFL. The minimum score for the IELTS is 7.

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

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 or mailed to:

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

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.

Admission Decisions
Admission decisions will be made in a timely manner. All applicants will be notified of a decision by e-mail.

Contact information:

Media Studies: 
Jered Nagel, Graduate Programs Manager
Telephone: (541) 346-6304 | E-mail: 

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