Apply Now for Fall 2012


The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is pleased to announce the addition of an exciting, new Master’s degree program in Entrepreneurial Journalism which will launch in Fall 2012.

Although the recommended application deadline for the Class of 2013 is on January 4, 2012, we are extending the final deadline to February 1, 2012 to accommodate candidates applying for the new M.A. in Entrepreneurial Journalism.

Please remember, while we encourage you to complete as much of the application process as possible, we realize it may not be possible to have every item in place by that date. As long as you have begun the online application by January 4th and submitted as much of the required documentation as possible, we will work with you to complete the process and to ensure your application is fully considered by the Committee. Please try to keep us posted on your progress in filing the application. Feel free to contact us anytime with questions or concerns.


The New York State Education Department has given the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism permission to offer the first Master of Arts in Entrepreneurial Journalism beginning in the fall of 2012.

The new four-semester degree program will be offered in conjunction with the School’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism that was established a year ago with the help of $3 million from The Tow Foundation and $3 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

“It is the first such degree in the country,” said Stephen B. Shepard, dean of the CUNY J-School. “We’re very proud to break new ground in fusing journalism, technology, and business.”

The foundation of the new degree is a one-semester academic program the School ran on a trial basis this past spring. The curriculum includes a business fundamentals course, a technology immersion module, a survey of practices in journalism revenue generation, an entrepreneurial incubator, and a new-media apprenticeship. Students and mid-career journalists who participated in the pilot program developed their own media businesses and were awarded an Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism.

Candidates for the new master’s will spend their first three semesters taking most of the same courses required for the School’s traditional M.A. in Journalism degree. In their fourth semester, as they work towards their M.A. in Entrepreneurial Journalism, they’ll be sharing classes with mid-career professionals and students who will earn the advanced certificate.

The first entrepreneurial journalism master’s class will be selected next spring from a pool of applicants from all over the U.S. and the world.



Saturday, January 7, 2012: 2-4 p.m.

Dean Steve Dougherty will walk you through the online application, answer your questions about the program and the application process.

RSVP to Steve if you’d like to attend.


Sundays through Thursdays, now thru January 19, 2012.

Schedule a SKYPE videoconference or teleconference appointment with Dean Steve Dougherty to discuss your CUNY J-School application. Contact Steve to arrange a convenient evening appointment.


The application process requires a Personal Interview with a CUNY J-School admissions officer or J-School Alum. The interview may be accomplished in person during a campus visit, a SKYPE video conference, or by telephone.

Each applicant must also take the CUNY Journalism Entrance Exam. The exam is designed to give us an idea of your interest in current affairs, your analytical and editing skills, and your ability to write clearly and concisely in a timed environment. Please check out our Sample Exams from a previous year.

For your convenience, registration for the Admissions Interview and for the J-School Entrance Exam is now available online. Please select a date and sign up as soon as possible. There is no reason to wait to schedule your interview and exam. Sooner the better.

*** Please note: Online exam and interview registration are for in-person appointments ONLY. ***

If you are unable to do an in-person interview, please contact Colleen Marshall via email or at 646.758.7852 to schedule a phone or skype video interview.

If you are unable to do an in-person exam, please find a proctor to administer the exam, such as a professor, supervisor, colleague, or librarian. Have your proctor contact Colleen Marshall via email or at 646.758.7852 with their name, applicant’s name, and date and time of the exam. Colleen will then give them instructions on how to administer the online admissions exam.


Step 1: Go to:

Step 2: TYPE IN PASSWORD: jschool

Step 3: Choose a date, then under QUANTITY, choose 1 and click “REGISTER” on the bottom

Step 4: Fill out your First and Last Name, Email address, and create a password (optional). Click COMPLETE REGISTRATION
(You will have 15 minutes to register. After that, you will be logged off and you will have to start the process again).

Step 5: An email confirmation will be sent to you. Print out for your records.


Step 1:

To register for WEEKDAY interviews:

To register for WEEKEND interviews:

Step 2: TYPE IN PASSWORD: jschool

Step 3: Click on the date you prefer

Step 4: Choose a time, then under QUANTITY, choose 1 and click REGISTER at the bottom

Step 5: Fill out your First and Last Name, Email address, and create a password (optional). Click COMPLETE REGISTRATION
(You will have 15 minutes to register. After that you will be logged off and will have to start the process over again).

Step 6: An email confirmation will be sent to you. Print out for your records.


To help prepare for the admissions exam, you may be interested in taking daily news quizzes. Please check out news quizzes from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal (WSJ Newshound quiz requires a Facebook account).


Fall 2012 applicants are invited to produce and upload a one-minute video to provide additional insight into you, as a person and as a candidate, for the J-School Admissions Committee. The content of the video is entirely up to you. It must be available on an easily accessible website, such as YouTube, and must be provided only in the form of a URL link and access code. The supplemental video is completely optional. Deadline for submission of the video is Friday, January 20, 2012.


The January Academy is an annual program offering more than two-dozen, free, enrichment courses available exclusively to current students, alumni of the CUNY J-School, and applicants for admission to the Class of 2012. This January, we will once again be offering an exciting lineup of special January Academy workshops in such subjects as:

• News Photography
• Social Media for Journalists
• Freelancing
• Copy Editing
• Travel Writing
• Food Writing
• Art of the Personal Essay
• Flash

Classes are short in duration – from one to two days, carry no credit, and are taught by experts from the CUNY J-School faculty. Here is the 2012 January Academy schedule.

Please review the course offerings. You may select up to three courses. Email your selections, listed in order of preference, to the admissions office starting December 14, 2011. This is the opening date for candidate registration for January Academy.


In order to ATTEND any of the January Academy courses, your entire application – including all supporting documents – must be submitted by January 3, 2012, the start of January Academy.


Please tune in to watch the recent Class of 2011 Commencement. This year’s commencement speaker was David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker.

The 2011 commencement took place at TheTimesCenter in The New York Times building.