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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 Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
OPTIONAL - Due to the impact of COVID-19 on standardized testing, for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are optional. Applicants who wish to submit GRE scores may do so, but scores are not required (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)

GPA
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

Please see the GSAS Application Deadlines page for more information about entry terms and deadlines.

Accelerated Master's Program for Fordham Undergraduates

The M.A. in Public Media is 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

Statement of intent
Three double spaced pages, submit via the online application.
Respond 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?  

Resume/CV

Resume/CV
Up to two pages in length (submit via the online application)
In Word or PDF format.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation in total, which can be academic and/or professional. At least one recommender should be a faculty member from the applicant's undergraduate institution.  Recommendation letter writers should be familiar with the applicant's academic or professional experience to help the admissions committee better understand the applicant's qualifications. Letters are submitted directly, via the online application. Enter the following information for each of your recommendation providers: name, address, email address, phone number, and institution. Make sure you enter your recommenders' email addresses correctly so that they each receive an automated email instructing them on how to submit their recommendations online. Mark the waiver statement for each recommender you enter.

Writing Sample

A maximum of three writing 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. At least one writing sample should be a piece of academic writing, preferably a piece of analytical writing or a research paper.  In addition, applicants may also include a link in their personal statements to relevant work. We only accept writing samples in English.  Only one of the work samples may be co-written by applicant with others.  Students may submit less than three writing samples, but we do recommend that applicants do upload three pieces of work so that the admissions committee has the maximum amount of information about the applicant's ability to write analytically.

Portfolio

Note: Required for multiplatform journalism applicants, optional for strategic communication applicants (except for the required video by international 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, a creative work, a short film or video, piece of multimedia journalism, audio piece or podcast, a data visualization or motion graphic, or materials from a group project).

If you are a non-native English speaker applying to either track, you must add a video submission as one of your portfolio samples demonstrating your English language skills. This video should be between 2 an 5 minutes in length and will ideally have you speaking directly to the camera, using either prepared remarks or speaking extemporaneously about your interest in the program and previous experience that has prepared you for the Public Media MA at Fordham.

Official Transcripts

Please be sure to order official final transcripts from all previously attended institutions confirming degree conferral (if applicable) at least one month before the posted application deadline. Transcripts should be sent directly from your prior institution(s) via secure electronic delivery to the Office of Admissions at fuga@fordham.edu.

If electronic delivery is not available, please request that your transcripts be submitted by postal service in a sealed envelope from the institution to: 

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Office of Admissions
Keating Hall Room 216
Fordham University
441 E. Fordham Rd.
Bronx, NY 10458

Please note: We strongly recommend that you upload unofficial copies of your academic 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. For academic transcripts from institutions outside the United States, applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain a course-by-course credential evaluation. 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 and the Duolingo English Test (DET) as an assessment of your English competency. 

Official TOEFL, IELTS, or DET 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. Please consult the English Proficiency web page for additional information. 

Minimum score requirements for most programs:

Exam Score
TOEFL iBT 100
IELTS 7.0 band score
DET 120

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 fuga@fordham.edu,, 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.

As noted above, if you are a non-native English speaker applying to either track, you must add a video submission as one of your portfolio samples demonstrating your English language skills. This video should be between 2 an 5 minutes in length and will ideally have you speaking directly to the camera, using either prepared remarks or speaking extemporaneously about your interest in the program and previous experience that has prepared you for the Public Media MA at Fordham.