Admission to the Major

Journalism uses a 3.0 GPA as a general guideline for admission. However, exceptions can be made to this rule, and you can read about them on the application to the major.

Students who were not admitted to the Journalism major as incoming first year or transfer students will need to apply to Journalism to become a major.

You can download the application to the Journalism major as a Word document below. Then, email a completed form to Razvan Sibii or turn in a paper copy in person in Bartlett 108.

Download the Application to the Journalism Program here.


Here are the requirements for admission:

• An overall GPA of at least a 3.0.

• Completion of at least one full semester at UMass. Transfer students who want to apply during their first semester at UMass may apply if they can provide an unofficial transcript from their previous school with GPA.

• If you have another major in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) or in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA), we ask that Journalism become your primary major. If you prefer to have Journalism as a secondary major, explain your reason for that in the application.

• Completion of the application available above and in 108 Bartlett.

Any Journalism courses already completed or currently enrolled in at the time of admission will be applied to the Journalism requirements.

Journalism is a major where students should expect to take the majority of their Journalism courses during their junior and senior years. We recommend that you make progress in fulfilling the University's General Education requirements and the Global Education requirement for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences during your first and sophomore years. In most cases you will have ample opportunity to complete the Journalism major and the required minor in your junior and senior year.

We hope to provide quality classes to our majors. We have limited enrollment in the Journalism major to match the size of our faculty. In our experience, the best writing classes are small and the most interesting seminars enroll just enough students to create vigorous debate and conversation.

Journalism Department
108 Bartlett Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

Phone: 413.545.1376