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Doctor of Philosophy in Journalism

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KU Graduate Admission Standards. Regular admission requires a bachelor's degree and a grade-point average of at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale), from KU or from another regionally accredited institution or foreign university with substantially equivalent bachelor's degree requirements. The bachelor's degree is not acceptable if it contains credit awarded for work experience that was not directly supervised by faculty members of an accredited university or not evaluated in units that identify the academic content.

Journalism School Requirements

  • Master’s degree or equivalent with at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Graduate application: Apply online at
  • Application fee (nonrefundable).
  • Resume or CV.
  • An official transcript from the undergraduate degree-granting institution AND all previous graduate credit, including the master’s degree, sent electronically to Graduate Application Processing Center link. A hard copy is acceptable if the institution cannot send electronic transcripts.
  • Graduate Record Examination scores less than five years old. The journalism school looks for a verbal score at or above the 75th percentile, an analytical writing score at or above the 75th percentile, and a quantitative score at or above the 50th percentile.
  • Examples of research and scholarship. Links to online articles are acceptable.
  • Statement of research goals that coincide with the journalism school's faculty scholarship.
  • 3 references, including one from the master’s adviser.
  • International students are required to submit TOEFL scores.
  • International students are required to submit evidence of financial support.

In exceptional cases, students with a bachelor’s degree may be admitted for the full 56-hour program.

Contact Assoc. Dean Tom Volek ( and graduate adviser Jammie Johnson ( for more information or to express interest in the Ph.D. program.

Admission Deadline. For fall admission, the deadline for materials is Feb. 1.

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