Specialized Journalism (The Arts) (MA) Summer 2021
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is January 10, 2021 for admission and scholarship consideration.
What content should be in my résumé?
List all employment (paid and unpaid) including nature of work and dates of employment (note if self-employed in your own business). Also, include academic and professional awards, honors, teaching experience, exhibitions, work published or produced, subject matter expertise, language(s) proficiency other than English, and your familiarity with research or communications technologies, e.g. web design, television or radio production, video editing, podcasting, etc.
What should I address in my personal statement?
Consider the following prompts and respond in a single essay of no more than 1,500 words to all three prompts:
- The arts and, by extension, culture – which includes food -- are rocked by the coronavirus pandemic and will forever be changed in significant ways, driven in part by digital technology. What will the new journalism model look like? And why?
- What motivates you to be a journalist?
- In a world that craves leadership and creativity, hope and engagement, where do you anticipate fitting in? Who do you want to reach? And how? What experimentation ahead of you are you eager to try? What strengths of yours to further develop? Provide at least one relevant anecdote that reveals a time when your assumptions were challenged and how this connects to your decision to apply to this graduate program.
Your statement should be no more than 1,500 words (single or double spaced).
What pieces comprise the professional portfolio?
For journalists, submit both of the following:
1. Samples of professional journalism work that are the equivalent to five short pieces (550 words or less) or two longer features (up to 3,000 words). You may submit video or podcast, in which case the short pieces should be no longer than three minutes and the long pieces should be no more than 20 minutes. If live links are unavailable, upload the samples as attachments.
2. A bibliography of up to 10 – – and no fewer than three – of your published, broadcast or online works in journalism, ideally two years old or less. In addition, if you design or manage a website, include the link.
If you are an editor or producer, supply up to 10 – and no fewer than three – samples of work with an explanation of your contribution.
For arts practitioners (artists) and recent graduates, submit no fewer than five links to your recent work (from three years ago max), each being no less than 550 words and not more than 1,100. These may be video or podcasts of your visual art, music compositions, etc., no longer than 20 minutes. Written work unrelated to the arts is accepted, but there should be no more than two of these. Blogs are considered published work; provide links. Academic papers will also be accepted. If you want us to look at your body of work as an artist, submit no fewer than five links to your recent work (from three years ago max); in addition show us written work samples, as per instructions above in this section.
How many letters of recommendation are needed and from whom?
Two professional recommendations are expected. If you are a recent college or university graduate with no work experience, submit one academic recommendation and one from an internship supervisor.
What test scores are required?
Valid GRE scores are required for all applicants. In addition, international applicants must submit valid TOEFL or IELTS scores based on where the bachelor’s degree was completed.
What financial support is available?
Departmental merit scholarships and fellowships are competitively awarded. All completed applications are considered for admission and departmental awards.
All US citizens and permanent residents are urged to submit a FAFSA after the admission application deadline.
International student applicants will find critical information at http://gradadm.usc.edu/international-students-financial-documentation.