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M.A. in Public Media Admissions Information/Requirements

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The admissions committee takes a holistic approach to reviewing candidates and welcomes applicants from varied educational and professional backgrounds.

  • Official GRE scores are required if an applicant wishes to be considered for GSAS merit-based financial aid. GREs for this program are otherwise recommended. The scores should be sent directly by the testing service to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Fordham University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences – Code #2259.
  • The successful candidate for admission should have a 3.0 GPA or better. Lower GPAs will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The application should be submitted via the online portal. See below for all requirements.

Deadline for Submitting the Application

Review of applications will begin February 10, 2020, with rolling admissions until March 15, 2020.

Accelerated Master's Program for Fordham Undergraduates

For Fall 2020, the M.A. in Public Media will be accepting accelerated admissions by current Fordham University students in their junior year. Please consult the GSAS Accelerated Master's Programs page for more information.

Tuition Costs

Merit Funding is available for highly qualified applicants. It includes a variety of packages with partial stipends, tuition scholarships, graduate assistantships, and a fellowship at WFUV.

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Application Requirements

Statement of Intent

Responding to the following prompt:

With an ethos of, "Media with a mission," the Public Media MA (PMMA) program focuses on training multi-platform journalists and strategic communication professionals to use media as a force for social change. In what ways does this mission connect to your personal and/or professional interests? What experiences in your undergraduate and/or professional career have prepared you for the PMMA? What personal and/or career objectives will this graduate program help you pursue?  Your statement should not exceed three (3) double-spaced pages.


In Word or PDF format.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation in total which can be academic and/or professional (submitted directly by referees via the online application).

Writing Sample

A maximum of three work samples may be submitted. These may take the form of essays and articles (either analytical or journalistic); the articulation of internship experience(s); or other written work that demonstrates applicants' writing ability. In addition, applicants may also include a link in their personal statements to relevant work. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant, you must add a video submission as one of your work samples demonstrating your English language skills (see more information below).


Note: Required for multiplatform journalism applicants, optional for strategic communication applicants.

The portfolio is a supplement to the writing sample and offers applicants the opportunity to showcase multimedia, digital, visual, audio, written or web-based production materials as part of the application process (e.g., a website, short film or video, piece of multimedia journalism, audio piece or podcast, a data visualization or motion graphic).

Official Degree Transcripts

Confirming prior degree conferral are required for all applicants, regardless of matriculation status. These should be ordered at least one month prior to the application deadline for your program of interest, and should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions ( via secure electronic delivery. If electronic delivery is not available, please request that your transcripts be submitted directly via post, in a sealed envelope, to: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Office of Admissions, Fordham University, 441 E. Fordham Rd., Bronx, NY 10458.

Please note: you may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts to your application while the Office of Admissions awaits receipt of your official transcripts. Please ensure that all official transcripts from previously attended post-secondary institutions are submitted in English, or are accompanied by a certified English translation. Transcripts and credentials conversion information is available on the GSAS International Students page.

English Proficiency

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete and submit to GSAS prior to matriculation their official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). GSAS will also consider a student’s International English Language Testing System (IELTS)—Cambridge English Proficiency Level language testing results. Official TOEFL or IELTS scores should be sent directly by the testing service to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Fordham University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences – Code # 2259. We will expect our most competitive applicants to have scores above 100 on the TOEFL and 7.5 overall (with 6.5 in each sub-score) or above on the IELTS.

Please consult the English Proficiency web page for additional information. A waiver can be requested by emailing,, based on your educational history at a U.S.-based institution and if the official language of your country of origin/nationality is English. If your native language is not English a skype interview may be required for non-native English speaking applicants.