Graduate Admissions

Ready to take your communication skills to the next level? We can’t wait to meet you. Before you apply for one of our graduate programs, take some time to explore what they’re all about. This will help you craft a more competitive application. Browse the menu of our graduate options to the left. 


Application Deadlines

Turn in your application by the deadline below to boost your chances of earning early enrollment incentives for some programs. If you missed the initial deadline, some programs have additional application rounds. Visit each program's page to learn more.

Advertising & Brand Responsibility Master's (Eugene)

Applications for the fall 2021 cohort are currently open, with a final deadline of February 1, 2021. 

Journalism Master's (Eugene)

Applications for the 2021 cohort are currently open. Apply by December 22, 2020 to be eligible for UO scholarships.

Multimedia Journalism Master's (Portland)

Applications for the 2021 cohort are currently open. Apply by December 6, 2020 to be eligible for a $500 discount on tuition.

Strategic Communication Master's (Portland)

Applications for the 2021 cohort are currently open. Apply by December 6, 2020 to be eligible for a $500 discount on tuition.

Communication and Media Studies PhD (Eugene)

Applications for the fall 2021 cohort are currently open, with a final deadline of January 1, 2021.

Communication and Media Studies Master's (Eugene)

Applications for the 2021 cohort are currently open, with a final deadline of February 1, 2021. 


How to Apply

To apply for any of the SOJC’s graduate programs, you’ll need to submit an online application through the UO Graduate School. Here’s an overview of the process:

Step 1: Gather your info.

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

General Info: Just the basics—name and contact info, residency status, and education level.

Transcripts: Upload PDFs of your unofficial transcripts to the online application. You will also need to have the educational institution where you received a bachelor’s degree or higher send official transcripts to the UO Office of the Registrar. For complete guidelines, refer to the Graduate School’s instructions to submit official transcripts. Please note that students cannot be admitted by the UO until official transcripts are received.

Personal Statement: Write 750–1,000 words about your past academic and professional experience, your academic and career goals for the future, and how our graduate program will get you there.

Resumé or CV: We want to see what you’ve been up to in your academic career and your professional life.

Portfolio: We also want to see what you’re capable of. Submit work samples that demonstrate your professional and/or research chops. Here are the types of work samples that are most relevant for each grad program:

  • Advertising and Brand Responsibility Master’s Program: Submit writing samples, such as research papers, articles, or professional writing and copy. You may also include visual or multimedia work samples, such as photos, videos, or short films that illustrate brand-related work.
  • Journalism Master’s Program: Submit a sample of scholarly writing or professional work.
  • Multimedia Journalism Master’s Program: Show us your published clips, including any visual/multimedia work.
  • Strategic Communication Master’s Program: Show us professional work such as writing samples from your current job that focus on persuasive communication. These could include advertisements, news releases, brochures, sales letters, presentations, and strategic recommendations.
  • Communication and Media Studies Doctoral Program: Include an abstract and one or more chapters of your master’s thesis. If you didn’t write a thesis, submit a recent research paper.
  • Communication and Media Studies Master’s Program: Submit a sample of scholarly writing and/or research—and/or evidence of professional work, if applicable.

Letters of Recommendation: Submit contact information for three to four people familiar with your intellectual and creative ability, academic record, and/or professional experience. They’ll get an automated email linking to a recommendation form.

Test Scores: We require Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the Communication and Media Studies Master’s and PhD programs, but they are optional for all other programs. We recommend minimum scores of 153 on the Verbal section, 150 on the Quantitative section, and 4.0 on the Analytical Writing Section. We also require Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores for non-native speakers (see below). TOEFL and IELTS scores must be less than 2 years old at the time of application. GRE scores must be less than 5 years old. In addition to self-reporting your test scores in the online application, you must also send the official report of your test scores directly to the UO code 4846.

International students must also provide:

  • Proof of Financial Support: According to U.S. federal regulations, nonimmigrant international students must provide supporting financial documents, bank statements, and/or proof of support from a sponsoring agency. Learn more about requirements for international students.
  • Proof of Language Proficiency: This is required for admission to UO. You can prove proficiency through one of these three methods:
    • TOEFL Score: The SOJC requires a minimum score of 600 (paper test) or 100 (online test).
    • IELTS Score: The UO requires a minimum Academic score of at least 7.0 overall band.
    • Degree from English-Speaking Country: Submit degree transcripts proving you have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.

Step 2: Fill out the online graduate application.

This form has two parts: the UO Graduate School application and the SOJC’s graduate application. There is a nonrefundable $70 application fee ($90 for international students).

Step 3: Check the status of your application.

After applying, you can review the status of your application anytime through our online application system. For professional master’s programs, admissions decisions are typically made within 4–6 weeks of the application deadline. Admissions decisions for the Communication and Media Studies PhD program are typically made by April, and admissions decisions for the Communication and Media Studies Master’s program are typically made by June.


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