Application Instructions

Students most commonly enter the science and technology journalism (STJR) program in the fall, but applicants for spring or summer entry also are welcome. To allow time for paperwork, candidates for fall entry should apply by mid-February if possible. Fall-entry applications from US candidates can, however, be submitted until June 1; international candidates must apply by March 1. The earlier one applies for admission, the higher one’s chances of receiving an assistantship.

What is needed to apply for the STJR program?

  • Texas Common Application: Apply online at ApplyTexas.
    • For college within Texas A&M University, major, and degree, choose:
      • Veterinary Medicine (VM)
      • Science and Technology Journalism (STJR)
      • Master of Science (MS)
  • GRE scores
  • Three completed recommendations

During the online application process, you will be asked for the names and email addresses of three recommenders. These individuals will then be emailed instructions for providing their recommendations.

  • Statement of purpose essay: Given the nature of the STJR program, we look at both the content of the statement and the quality of the writing. Questions that the statement typically should address include the following: How did you become interested in communicating about science and technology? What background do you bring to the field? Why does our program interest you? What might you envision doing during your career? The writing should be clear, concise, well organized, and mechanically correct. It need not be fancy.
  • Other documents: You should also provide a CV (or resume) and samples of your writing, published or otherwise. These items should be emailed to Dr. Barbara Gastel at

Sources of further information include the Texas A&M graduate catalog, the Texas A&M graduate admissions website, and the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences application process webpage. If you have questions about the STJR program, feel free to contact the coordinator, Dr. Barbara Gastel, at or 979.845.6887. Candidates also are encouraged to alert Dr. Gastel that they are applying.

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