Admission to the JPRNM Graduate Program

Photo by Andrew Church, M.A. in Journalism graduate.

Required Materials

Applications for Baylor's graduate school may be submitted through the graduate school website.

Application to the JPRNM graduate school requires the following items:

  • An academic/scholarly writing sample (i.e., a research paper from a previous course)
  • Portfolio with ten or more samples of your work. Include the following:
    • Writing samples such as press releases, feature stories, brochures, newspaper clippings, newsletter articles, flyers, posters, etc.
    • A current resume or curriculum vitae.
    • Sample public relations, advertising or marketing campaigns.
    • Research. This might include a PR campaign, sample SWOT analysis, strategic plans or grant proposals.
    • Evidence of social media work. Include social media screen shots from personal and client work. Samples might include a professional or personal blog or website, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook posts from internships, volunteer work or student groups.
    • Graphic design and convergence media. These might include broadcast or online video you have produced, directed or edited.
  • Official online application with personal statement
  • Official transcripts of all college/university work
  • Three letters of recommendation

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you are admitted before you receive your degree and final transcript, you are required to provide an official, final transcript with proof of conferred degree to the graduate school by the first day of class, or a hold will be placed on your registration.

All application materials should be sent to:

Graduate Admissions
One Bear Place #97264
Waco, Texas 76798-7264

Graduate Assistantships

Many entering graduate students receive some type of graduate stipend, tuition remission or funding from other resources for their education at Baylor University. Examples of such sources include work-study programs, Stafford loans, private scholarships and private loans. For information on such sources, please contact the Office of Academic Scholarships and Financial Aid.

The Department of JPRNM funds multiple graduate assistantships for the academic year (August - May) depending upon annual budgetary allocations. These assistantships are awarded on a highly competitive basis. Graduate assistants participate in research, grading and teaching. Students awarded graduate assistantships receive a stipend for the academic year and receive a tuition scholarship for up to 18 hours of graduate coursework. Any unused graduate tuition scholarship hours are forfeited at the conclusion of the spring semester.

Baylor is committed to a policy of inclusiveness, understanding, and acceptance of all regardless of race and ethnicity. Students are accepted into either the M.A. or M.I.J. programs in Journalism, Public Relations and New Media without regard to their religious orientation.

For more information, please contact the graduate program director:

Marlene Neill, Ph.D., APR
Associate Professor
Department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media
Baylor University
One Bear Place #97353
Waco, Texas 76798-7353
Phone: 254-710-6322