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PAO Program Admissions

***Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the requirements outlined below that applicants for graduate study at SDSU submit scores for the GRE or GMAT are suspended for the Spring and Fall 2021 admissions cycles***

Interested in the PAO Graduate Program?
All students in the School of Journalism & Media Studies graduate program begin their studies in the fall semester. Admission decisions are made the prior spring.
    Important Dates
    Admissions cycle opens October 1, 2020

Graduate Admission Process and Requirements

SDSU Graduate Application Instructions The below links will direct you to detailed explanations IMPORTANT: Once you have reviewed all of the below requirements and procedures, and have all of the necessary materials available, apply to San Diego State University through Cal State Apply. AFTER you have applied through Cal State Apply, and received your RED ID, follow the Interfolio link in the JMS Specific Application section to apply to the School of Journalism and Media Studies directly, and provide the school with all necessary supplemental materials.
Required Materials for Application to JMS
IMPORTANT: The School of Journalism and Media Studies requires the following items to be submitted through the Interfolio application system:

  • Copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (these do not need to be sent directly from the colleges - photocopies are acceptable)
  • Copies of GRE (and if applicable, TOEFL) test scores
  • A statement of your research interests and professional goals
  • Recommendation evaluation (optional) – Applicant can provide names and email addresses for recommenders. Recommenders will be invited to complete a recommendation evaluation electronically.

Visit Interfolio

At Interfolio, you will be guided through the process to:
  • Apply to SDSU via Cal State Apply and receive your RED ID – your official SDSU student ID number.
  • Submit official transcripts and GRE and/or TOEFL test scores.
  • Complete the JMS/LDT program application where you will submit such required items as:
    • A list of universities/colleges you’ve attended.
    • A statement of your personal interests and professional goals.
    • Recommendation evaluation (optional) – Applicant can provide names and email addresses for recommenders. Recommenders will be invited to complete a recommendation evaluation electronically.

Details about the CSU Application via Cal State Apply

SDSU uses the California State University common admission application for both domestic and international students. The application and fee can be completed online through Cal State Apply. If you cannot apply online, you should contact the Graduate Admissions Office to make special arrangements to apply electronically with campus assistance. International students should apply through Cal State Apply.

It is important to complete the CSU application as soon as possible in order to be issued your RED ID number. After you submit your electronic application, your RED ID number will be assigned and provided to you. This number will allow you to submit your transcripts and test scores, and track your application status online; it also enables the School of Journalism & Media Studies to monitor your application file.
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Submit Official Transcripts

All applicants should submit official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) to Graduate Admissions from all post-secondary institutions attended. Transcripts are required for ALL institutions, even if only one class was taken. Students who attended SDSU need only submit transcripts for work completed since their last attendance. Students with international coursework must submit both the official transcript and proof of degree. If documents are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Official Transcripts should be mailed to:
    Enrollment Services
    Graduate Admissions Document Processing Unit
    San Diego State University
    5500 Campanile Drive
    San Diego, CA 92182-7416
**Attention Students with international coursework: You will need to have your school send Graduate Admissions one official original-language record of all academic coursework and proof of degree. For each document, a certified literal English translation must also be provided. The translation may come directly from the school itself or from a professional, certified translator. The translation must contain all information shown on the original-language documents. For details on which documents are required, visit the Requirements by Country page.
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Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The GRE or Graduate Record Examinations measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The examination is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Prospective graduate applicants take the General Test. GRE test scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement undergraduate records and other qualifications for graduate study. The scores provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants and aid in evaluating grades and recommendations.

The General Test is offered year-round at computer-based test centers in the U.S., Canada, and many other countries. It is offered at paper-based test centers in areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available.

Score reports are mailed to you and up to four institutions approximately 10 to 15 days after you take the test. These institutions must be designated on test day. Please allow sufficient time for your scores to be mailed before the application deadline.

All applicants must provide official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from the Educational testing Service. Test takers can designate San Diego State University as a recipient of official scores at the time they sit for the exam by using SDSU institution code 4682 or by contacting ETS directly. If you possess an advanced degree, the GRE requirement may be waived. Please contact the department to learn more.
    Required minimum scores (New Revised GRE)
    150 - Verbal
    142 - Quantitative
    295 - Total
    4.0 - Writing (GRE-W)

    Required minimum scores (OLD GRE)
    450 - Verbal
    450 - Quantitative
    950 - Total
    4.0 - Writing (GRE-W)
If you do not meet the above minimum requirements, you are strongly encouraged to retake the GRE.

All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants (regardless of citizenship status) applying to SDSU from an international institution where the medium of instruction was not English, must submit one of the following as proof of English proficiency:
  1. TOEFL minimum score of 80 iBT/ 550 PBT: Score must be sent electronically from Educational Testing Service (ETS) using the SDSU institution code: 4682. Test score must be from within the past two years.
  2. IELTS overall score of 6.5 or higher: Score report must be sent directly to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Test score must be from within the past two years.
  3. PTE minimum score of 58 or higher: Score report must be sent directly to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Test score must be from within the past two years.
  4. Official transcripts have been received indicating English as the principle language of instruction.
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General Statement of Purpose

Provide a general statement of purpose, detailing why you would like to attend a graduate program at San Diego State University.

For more information regarding SDSU Graduate Admissions, visit SDSU Graduate Admissions
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Contact the Graduate Advisor

    Dr. Amy Schmitz Weiss, Graduate Advisor
    School of Journalism & Media Studies
    College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts
    San Diego State University
    5500 Campanile Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92182-4561
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