Graduates - How to Apply

Application to enter the Master of Arts program is made directly to the University (see:How to Apply for Graduate Studies). Applications are filed through the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluation which also establishes deadlines. The current application deadline for fall 2013 admission is April 1, 2013 (with a document deadline of April 16 for the university application and a portfolio due to department by April 16, 2013).

Applicants are expected to have at least a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate majors. Students who do not have a 3.0 GPA must apply for an exemption request directly from the Graduate Coordinator to be sent to Graduate Studies.

We do not currentlyrequire the GRE.

International students whose native language is not English must pass the TOEFL with a paper test score of 570, or CBT score of 230, or IBT score of 88. Here is the link to find the TOEFL/CBT/IBT equivalencies. The Pearson Test of English (PTE), a new English-language proficiency exam will be added to the set of acceptable tests. University admission requires a PTE score of 68 as the minimum score.

Applicants must also provide a Portfolio directly to the TRFT Graduate Coordinator:

                                  Dr. David Kahn, Graduate Coordinator
                                  School of Music and Dance
                                  Department of Television, Radio, Film, Theatre
                                  San Jose State University
                                  San Jose, CA 95192-0098

The Portfolio includes:

A statement of purpose which explains what you want from the graduate program, what we can expect from you, where you want to go with your education, and how you expect to change as a result of your education.

Three letters of recommendation speaking to your academic qualifications for our program.

A sample of your research-oriented writing which displays command of academic English (5 pages mininimum).

Any additional material you feel is relevant in explaining you or your relation to performance media, such as videos, photos, designs, publications, awards, letters.

After the department portfolio and university applications are complete, a personal interview with the Graduate Coordinator may be required.

Students must be admitted by the university before being admitted to the specific graduate program.

TRFT entering graduate students are always Conditionally Admitted, "pending first year review," and "acceptance of Thesis/Examination Proposal by Department Graduate Committee."

It's a good idea to keep copies of all communication to and from Grad Studies.

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