About Applying

September 2015

What if I have journalism experience but not technical or data experience? Or what if I have technical or data experience but no journalism experience?

Both types of these students succeed in our program. Students with journalism experience gain skills in data and coding, while students with technical expertise gain reporting and storytelling skills.

What kinds of jobs do alumni land?

Our graduates are working at newsrooms across the world: from The Verge in San Francisco to The Washington Post in D.C. to the South China Morning Post. See our alumni page for more alumni stories.

April 2014

Do most students have an undergraduate degree in journalism?

Some do, some don’t. We’re focused on finding candidates who represent the new breed of journalists, with a background and strong interest in data analysis, data visualization, software design, or multimedia storytelling.

Do I need to take the GRE to apply?

Applicants are not required to take the GRE. Applicants whose first language is not English need to take the TOEFL exam.

See https://gradadmissions.stanford.edu/applying/starting-your-application/required-exams”.

I’m an international student. What are the requirements for me to apply?

Applicants who do not have a bachelor’s degree from a university based in the U.S. should review the information for international students to determine their eligibility to apply to graduate school at Stanford.

I’m an international student with a three-year undergraduate degree. Am I eligible to apply?

It depends. Stanford’s assessment of a foreign degree is based on the characteristics of a national educational system, the type of institution attended, and the level of studies completed.

To see if you’re eligible, see detailed information by country from the Office of Admissions: CLICK HERE.

If you are still unsure about your eligibility, please directly […]

When applying, what do I choose under the “program selection” part of the application?

To apply for our program, search for and choose “Communication MA” under the application’s program selection section.

What is the application fee? Are application fee waivers available?

The online application fee is $125 for all applicants, both domestic and international. If you are considering applying to Stanford graduate programs and need assistance with the application fees, consider applying for a fee waiver.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Thanks to the generosity of graduates and other friends of the program, we provide several partial tuition scholarships each year.

Many students also take advantage of the Rowland and Pat Rebele Digital and Print Journalism Internship Program, which provides stipends for select internship opportunities.

When are admissions decisions made?

Decisions are usually made by March 1st. Please do not contact us prior to this date to check the status of your application.