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How to Apply to Gaylord College

Undergraduate FAQ

How do I apply as an undergraduate student?

 

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1) Apply to the University of Oklahoma.

2) Submit additional material (official transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, etc.) to:

University of Oklahoma
Office of Admissions
1000 Asp Ave Room 127
Norman OK 73019-4076

3) Enroll in 1013 Introduction to Mass Communication first semester of Freshman year.

4) Take LST/AIT and pass with a 70% or higher between your first and second semester Freshman year.

5) Enroll in 2033 Writing for the Mass Media during your second semester.

6) After completion of 24 hours of coursework, declare your major. (Journalism, Professional Writing, Public Relations, Broadcasting and Electronic Media or Advertising)

7) As early as possible, get involved in clubs, organizations, co-curricular opportunities and/or practicums. Get involved by attending our annual Getting Involved with Gaylord College Event Fair held during the fall semester. To get more information on this event, please contact Student Services at (405) 325-5684.

How do I apply as an undergraduate transfer student?

1) Apply to the University of Oklahoma

2) Submit additional material (official transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, etc.) to:
University of Oklahoma
Office of Admissions
1000 Asp Ave Room 127
Norman OK 73019-4076

3) If you are wanting to transfer major courses, please submit an Official Transcript to:
Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication
395 W. Lindsey
Suite 2533
Norman, OK 73019

4) Decide on a major: Journalism, Professional Writing, Public Relations, Broadcasting and Electronic Media or Advertising

5) Schedule an appointment to meet with an adviser at (405) 325-5684 or online at https://iadvise.ou.edu.

6) Take the LST/AIT and pass with a 70% or higher (You will not get permission to enroll in any JMC courses until this task is complete).

7) For deadlines and additional information please visit our Transfer Student page.

Graduate FAQ

I haven’t taken the pre-requisite courses, can I still apply?

Yes, it is possible to be admitted on a conditional coursework deficiency basis.  This means that you would take the deficiency courses at the same time as you begin your graduate level courses.  You would have to complete these courses within your first few semesters as a graduate student.

Do I have to take the GRE?

Yes, the GRE is a mandatory requirement to apply to our program.  In order for the Graduate Committee to review your application, you have to have GRE scores on file with us.

What are the admission requirements?

To apply to the master’s program at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, you must turn in the following:

  • resume
  • general OU graduate application (admissions.ou.edu)
  • TOEFL (non-native speakers only)
  • GRE
  • two letters of recommendation
  • 50 page writing sample (MPW applicants only)

Does your department require a separate departmental application?

No.

Do you have a specific form for the letters of recommendation?

No, your references may just write a formal business letter and submit it directly to the college.

Do I have to time the materials so that you receive them all at once?

No, you can send your materials a piece at a time if you need too. The GRE scores should be sent directly to the college after testing. The general OU graduate application, once complete, will also be sent directly to the college. The other application materials may be mailed directly to:

Graduate Committee
Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication
395 W. Lindsey St.
Norman, OK 73019

I am applying to the MPW program, what is the format for the writing sample?

As long as you turn in a writing sample of 50 consecutive pages, there is no real format that is required. We do not accept electronic submissions of the writing sample, mailed or hand-delivered submissions are preferred.

What are the deadlines to apply for either the MA or MPW programs?

  • July 1 for the fall semester
  • March 1 for the fall semester (international students)
  • November 1 for the spring semester
  • September 1 for the spring semester (international students)