The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism admits freshmen, transfer students (from other departments at Ohio University as well as from other universities) and graduate students (masters and doctoral). In addition, students may be admitted into Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College to study journalism.
Freshman AdmissionsThe E.W. Scripps School of Journalism admits only the best academically and professionally qualified freshmen who rank in the top 15 percent (or have a 3.5 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale) of their high school class and meet minimum standardized test score requirements (25 ACT / 1130 SAT). Students demonstrating notable talent or experience and members of disproportionately represented groups will be given special consideration. Visit the Ohio University Office of Admissions Web site for the online application.
NOTE: The school's deadline for priority consideration is December 15.
Transfer AdmissionsThe faculty of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism is dedicated to quality instruction in preparing students for a career in the journalism disciplines. To provide this quality of instruction, the school's policy is to maintain an enrollment at a number that may be served effectively by its faculty. The Policy on Transfer Students is a means by which the school can maintain its academic quality. The policy applies to all transfers from other departments at Ohio University as well as from other colleges and universities.
NOTE: The E. W. Scripps School of Journalism encourages students interested in transferring to attend one of the transfer workshops offered by the school each year. Information about date and place of workshops is available in the school office.
- Transfer applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall or a 3.0 in the last two semesters (or three quarters) to be considered for admission. Please note that a 3.0 qualifies a student only for consideration and does not guarantee admission.
- Transfer applicants must have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) by the time of application.
- Applications for transfer are taken twice per academic year. The deadline of 5 p.m. September 28 (or the following Monday if on a weekend) is for admission for spring semester. The deadline of 5 p.m. February 15 (or the following Monday if on a weekend) is for admission for the following fall semester. Applicants will receive written notification of acceptance or denial.
- To apply:
- Fill out the JSchool's transfer application form.
- Ohio University students applying to transfer into the School of Journalism need to include with the transfer application an OU transcript or a copy of a current DARS report, and a current resume.
- Students from other universities applying for admission to the School of Journalism also must complete an OU application and return it with an official copy of all transcripts from colleges or university previously attended to OU's Office of Admissions by the same deadlines listed above.
- Include at least two letters of recommendation from references (from professors and/or employers) best able to comment on the applicant's journalistic abilities. Recommendation letters are an important part of the transfer committee's deliberations. Applicants who do not include at least two letters will not be considered. Please note: recommendation letters should not be from high school teachers, administrators or guidance counselors.
- Complete a 500 word written essay on the theme "Why I want to be a journalism major." Please sign and date your essay.
- The transfer committee recommends that applicants submit examples of journalism work not to exceed six samples. Please sign and date each sample submitted.
- The school's transfer committee will evaluate applications and make recommendations to the Director and Associate Director. The school's Director and Associate Director will make final decisions on transfer admissions.
- Students who are denied admission must wait one year (from the time the application was submitted) to re-apply. Applications will not be carried over to the next year. Re-application is necessary.
- Students are encouraged to take journalism courses before applying for transfer.
- Any application that is incomplete will not be considered. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that his or her transfer packet is complete.
- The application and all supporting materials must be typed, signed, dated, and submitted in a binder.
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
E. W. Scripps School of Journalism
Athens, OH 45701-2979
NOTE: This policy is effective as of April 22, 2008
Studying Journalism in the Honors Tutorial College
Generally, to be considered for acceptance into the Honors Tutorial College, students must be in the upper 10% of their high school class.
The selection process includes an essay and interviews with the director of studies of the School of Journalism and the dean or assistant dean of the Honors Tutorial College. Typically, between 5-8 students are admitted each year into the Honors Tutorial Program in the School of Journalism. NOTE: Deadline for applications for the Honors Tutorial College is Dec. 1.
Interested students should talk to Dr. Bernhard Debatin (740-593-9809; email@example.com) and/or:Jan Hodson, Assistant Dean
Honors Tutorial College
The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism offers a Master of Science degree and, in cooperation with the School of Media Arts and Studies (formerly School of Telecommunications), a Doctor of Philosophy degree in mass communication.
Students may work toward a Ph.D. in mass communication with an emphasis in either media studies or journalism.
There are differences in the doctoral programs offered by the two schools. The School of Media Arts and Studies emphasizes the study of international media, new technology and culture, media management and policy, and media studies. The School of Journalism focuses on international; legal and historical studies; visual communication; media management and public policy; and theory and empirical research.
When applying for the doctoral program select one of the two schools. In the appropriate line on the Ohio University application form, you should specify either mass communication-media arts and studies or mass communication-journalism. Combined applications are not permitted.
Admission is based on your academic and professional background. To assist the school in evaluating your qualifications, you must submit to the graduate admissions office your application, scores on the Graduate Record Examination, and official transcripts from all colleges attended. In addition, you must submit to Prof. Michael Sweeney (see address below) a professional resume, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of 500 words or less about why you want to attend graduate school. International students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit a TOEFL score (read more on international graduate applications). You need not have an undergraduate major in journalism.
Deadline for all graduate applications is Feb. 1.
Prof. Michael S. Sweeney
E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
Scripps Hall 106
Athens, OH 45701