Business Journalism Admissions Requirements

The requirements for admission to the program will be similar to those requirements for other undergraduates in the School of Media and Journalism.

Students must apply for the business journalism specialization within the School of Media and Journalism. Applications will only be accepted each fall.  The earliest students may apply is the fall of their sophomore year.  Because it is by application only, a student cannot pre-declare this specialization with an adviser in Academic Advising and should choose another option for their pre-declaration in the journalism school. To enter the program, a student must be classified as a junior (a total of 45 completed hours) the fall following their application and have a cumulative GPA of 3.1.

In order to graduate, business journalism majors must achieve a score of at least 70 percent on the school’s usage and grammar exam. Students have several opportunities to take the usage and grammar exam before they graduate.

To receive a bachelor’s degree in business journalism, students must complete at least 120 credit hours with a minimum 2.0 grade-point average as required by the University. Business journalism majors must complete 21 hours within the journalism school and 17.5 hours within the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Students must attain a grade of at least C in all journalism school courses and a grade of C in all Kenan-Flagler courses.

Students who are applying to the BABJ program must provide the following documents:

  • Application
  • Resume
  • Writing sample
  • 200-word statement of why they want to join the program
  • Two letters of recommendation