Although the SOJC Graduate Programs no longer provides printed materials, general information and answers to commonly asked questions about us are located within this website and/or other University of Oregon units such as:

If you have additional questions after reviewing the links above and information below, please email


How many applications do you typically receive each year?
Phd Program: 50-60 applicants for 10-15 spots

Media Studies Master’s: 50-60 applicants for 8-12 spots

Journalism Master’s (Eugene): 50-60 applicants for 10-15 spots

Strategic Communication Master’s (Portland): 40-50 applications for 10-15 spots

Multimedia Journalism Master’s (Portland): 40-50 applications for 10-15 spots

How many students are in the SOJC graduate programs?
The total number of students averages 110-120 each year for all of our graduate programs:

Phd Program: 40-50 students

Media Studies Master’s: 20-25 students

Journalism Master’s (Eugene): 10-15 students

Strategic Communication Master’s (Portland): 20-30 students

Multimedia Journalism Master’s (Portland): 20-30 students

Financial Aid

What type of financial support or fellowships do you offer?
Our doctoral students are funded for a full four years with Graduate Employment (GE) positions and scholarships.

We also offer a limited number of Graduate Employment positions to our Media Studies master’s students for up to two years.

A GE appointment includes a monthly salary, tuition waiver, and comprehensive health insurance.

For salary details, see our graduate programs costs page. For specific information on the tuition waiver and health insurance benefits, see Graduate School: Salary and Benefits.

Our professional master’s programs do not offer fellowships or other comprehensive funding. However, there are a limited number of scholarships and early application incentives offered; please see the page for the program in which you’re interested for details.

What other sorts of financial aid are available?
A limited number of fellowships, scholarships, and awards are available through the Graduate School. Other forms of financial aid are available through the Office of Financial Aid.

Acceptance Factors

On what do you base acceptance?
Faculty members evaluate completed applications only. All components of each application are considered.

What can I do to increase my chances of being accepted?
Carefully craft and review your statement of purpose – it should address the factors asked for in the admissions application. Be familiar with the program you are applying for. Get letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic (and/or professional) ability. Make sure your application and all supporting materials are submitted by the application deadline.

Will I improve my chances for acceptance if I visit your campus?
No, but we encourage visits by prospective students. If you are interested in scheduling a visit, please contact one of our staff members listed below:

For Media Studies master’s or PhD: Amy Boutell at

For Master’s in Journalism, Strategic Communication, or Multimedia Journalism: Amy Boutell at

Is there any advantage to sending in an application long before the deadline?
No. Faculty members do not begin reading applications until after the deadline (or the application review date listed below).


Deadlines vary by program and are listed here.

What if I miss the deadline?

If we still have spots available, we may be able to review late applications. Contact us at to inquire about the possibility of submitting a late application. Please note that we are typically NOT able to accept late applications for the PhD program or the Media Studies master’s programs.

Application Cost

How much is the application fee?

The application fee is $70 for domestic applicants and $90 for international applicants.

Due to my financial circumstances, may I request a waiver of the application fee?

The Graduate School waives the application fee under certain circumstances. See for more information.

Which Program?

Can I apply to more than one SOJC graduate program?
Typically we encourage students to determine which program would be the best fit and apply to just that one program.  If you are unsure which program is a good fit, you should carefully review the information about the programs we offer. If you are still unsure which is the right fit, or would like to discuss special circumstances, contact the SOJC.

Writing Samples/Portfolios/Professional Work

May I send materials not required by the SOJC?

All application materials must be uploaded on the online application. If you wish to submit videos or other multimedia work, please create a PDF document with links to your work and upload the PDF on the “writing samples” section of the application.

Letters of Recommendation 

May I identify more than 3 recommenders?
The application allows for a maximum of four recommenders. Identifying a fourth recommender is not required, nor will it increase your chances of admission.

Do my letters of recommendation have to be from college professors?
The most useful letters of recommendation come from those who are familiar with your ability to be successful in a graduate program. Letters from college professors, who may be familiar with your habits as a student and with your academic writing and research skills are most helpful. If you have been away from academia for a long period of time and it is not possible to supply academic recommendations, as is often the case for working professionals applying to our Portland-based programs, professional sources are fine.

Can recommenders submit their letters before I’ve completed the on line application?
Yes. You may provide your recommenders with the ability to respond prior to finishing your application by completing the recommender’s page. Fill in the recommenders’ information and press SAVE (if you haven’t yet filled in all 3 recommenders) or SAVE AND CONTINUE (if you’ve filled in all 3). An automated email will be sent to each recommender with instructions on how to respond. Once you’ve entered this information and emails have been sent to your recommenders, you will not be able to modify any recommender information.

How will my recommenders know to submit their letters?  Where do they upload them?
Recommenders will be contacted via email once you have completed required fields and pressed SAVE at the bottom of the page. We encourage you to identify your recommenders as soon as possible to give them ample time to respond.

Can my recommendations come from a dossier service (i.e., Interfolio) or career service center?
Recommendations from a dossier or career service center are acceptable; however, the on line system currently requires three distinct recommender email addresses before you may proceed through the application. You’ll need to make sure you are able to obtain 3 distinct email addresses from the dossier service.


Is the GRE required? 

For the Media Studies master’s and PhD, the GRE is required.

For professional master’s programs, we do not require applicants to take the GRE. You may supply GRE scores as part of your application if you wish.

Does taking the GRE increase my chances of being accepted? 

A good GRE score certainly can be a positive factor in the review of your application. However, the admissions committee reviews applications holistically and will also take into account your writing abilities, research interests, and fit with the strengths of the program.

For professional master’s programs, the GRE is generally not an important factor in the acceptance of candidates. Many of our applicants to these programs have not taken the GRE.

How do I submit my scores?

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.

Converting Documents to PDF

How do I create a PDF from my word processing document?

Open your word processing document, press “Save As…” and change the “Save as type:” to PDF (.pdf) OR

Open your word processing document, access the print dialog (Ctrl-P or Apple-P), change target to “Adobe PDF” (you will be forced to save the document) OR

Print your word processing document and scan it to a PDF. If you need assistance in doing this, consider contacting a local copy service center such as Kinkos/FedEx.


I don’t have a PDF copy of my transcripts. How do I get one?
You may already have access to an electronic copy of your unofficial transcript(s) through an online student account. If not, contact your institution(s) Registrar’s Office to obtain a paper copy and then convert it into a PDF to upload. If you need assistance with the conversion, consider contacting a local copy service center such as Kinkos/FedEx.


Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
We typically look for at least a 3.25 overall GPA in your previous undergraduate and graduate work.

After Being Accepted

If I am accepted, may I defer my entrance into the program?
Acceptance is for Fall term only (Summer for the Eugene-based Journalism program). For the PhD and master’s in media studies, we are unable to offer deferrals; you will need to reapply the following year.

For our professional master’s programs, we are often able to approve a deferral your admission for one year; please contact us if you are offered admission and would like to request a one-year deferral.

May I transfer credits from another graduate school?
The UO Graduate School allows up to 15 quarter (10 semester) credits to be applied as transfer credits to a master’s degree at the UO. This would also include any UO credits taken BEFORE enrolling in a master’s program at the UO. While the UO Graduate School will accept approved transfer credit toward your overall number of credits, the courses taken may not fulfill specific SOJC graduate program requirements.

For PhD students, the student will work with his/her advisor during the first year in the program to determine what, if any, prior coursework may fulfill UO degree requirements. There is no official credit transfer procedure for PhD students.

When will letters of acceptance be sent?
PhD admission decisions will be made by mid-February or sooner.

Decisions for the Media Studies master’s, the Eugene-based Journalism master’s, and the Portland-based Strategic Communication programs will be made by mid-March or sooner.

For the Portland-based Multimedia Journalism master’s program, decisions will be made by mid-April or sooner.

Applicants accepted into each program will initially be notified by email, followed by a hard copy acceptance letter via U.S. mail.