Students interested in applying to the ComJ program must fulfill all UA Graduate School requirements for admission.

Admission to graduate work in the Department of Journalism generally requires a 3.0 or higher undergraduate grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and a score of at least 1000 on the Graduate Record Examination general test. No prior professional journalism experience is required, but having some college-level experience is helpful. Applicants are invited to send examples of prior journalism work to the department’s graduate coordinator.

Six students will be admitted for 2011-2012. The application deadline is March 31. Late applications will be considered, if space remains. There are no spring or summer admissions. Visit the Department of Journalism’s “How to Apply” page for more information on the admissions requirements and process.


Applicants are eligible to compete for a limited number of partial graduate assistantships available through the department. Those awarded an assistantship would receive half tuition for the regular school year plus a small monthly stipend. For more information about financial aid through the University, visit

Student Services

Equipment, workspace, software and multimedia classrooms with Internet connections are provided. Students have access to services such as admission and career counseling, course scheduling and tickets to sports and cultural events. The Web site MyBama connects all students with e-mail. The main campus of the University of Alabama is in Tuscaloosa. While in Anniston during the summer, students will have access to the digital resources of UA libraries and the Star‘s extensive in-house collection of books, as well as the use of the library at nearby Jacksonville State University.

About ComJ

The University of Alabama’s one-year Master’s Program in Community Journalism, or ComJ, encourages students to think critically about the role news plays in community and to explore new ways to serve communities through the evolving practices of journalism.

Read more about the ComJ program.