Students interested in applying to the ComJ program must fulfill 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)
* score of at least 300 on the Graduate Record Examination general test, with a writing score of 4.5 or higher.
Some students could receive “permission to continue” acceptance if they meet one of the two requirements. These students must meet minimum standards during their first semester in the program.

No prior professional journalism experience is required, but having some college-level experience is helpful.

The program can accommodate up to 12 students, depending upon students’ summer internship preference.

The application deadline is Jan 31. Late applications will be considered, if space remains. There are no spring or summer admissions for the ComJ program. Visit the Department of Journalism and Creative Media’s graduate site for more information and admission, as well as other master’s programs.


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. Students have access to University online materials throughout their program.

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.