Requirement for International Students

Learning journalistic skills at the graduate level requires an unusually strong ability to understand, speak, and write English—often under deadline pressures. Experience has proven that students from outside the United States, even though they obtain reasonable scores in traditional English-language tests, sometimes cannot keep up in our graduate degree programs.

In the first semester, selected international students enrolled in COM JO 721 can benefit from a weekly workshop, COM JO 437, that offers assistance in writing and reporting in English. The faculty reserves the right to reorganize a student’s curriculum until his or her English language skills reach the required standard. In some cases, such reorganization means an additional one or two semesters of study before a degree can be granted.

Please refer to our website for updated TOEFL requirements.