The world’s first School of Journalism was established in 1908 at the University of Missouri to strengthen the effectiveness of public communication in a democratic society. The school’s first dean, Walter Williams (who went on to become president of the University in 1930) wrote the Journalist’s Creed, which stresses the profession’s rights and responsibilities as a public trust.
The faculty is committed to educating students in the responsibilities and skills of the professional journalist. It also has a broader commitment to advance the profession of journalism through scholarly research, analysis and criticism and through special programs to serve practitioners. The school also prepares students for careers in corporate communication through its strategic communication emphasis area. Students in that area typically pursue careers in advertising or public relations or in strategic communication.
The Missouri Method assures a journalism student will graduate with a broad, liberal education essential for a journalist whose work may span many segments of today’s complex society. In addition to a liberal arts education, students complete practical laboratory work in a variety of settings, including a public radio station, a commercial daily newspaper and a network-affiliated television station. The school offers the Bachelor of Journalism, Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, along with cooperative programs with other divisions in the University. It was the first school in the world to offer all three of those degrees.
The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication has accredited the undergraduate program and a professional master’s degree.
David D. Kurpius, Dean
Earnest Perry, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Lynda Kraxberger, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Administration
Fritz Cropp, Associate Dean for Global Programs
Administration, 120 Neff Hall
Undergraduate Student Services, 76 Gannett Hall
Graduate Studies, 181 Gannett Hall
Journalism Studies Faculty
Professor D. Kurpius, S. Zhou
Professor (Professional Practice) M. M. Steffens
Associate Professor F. Cropp, K. Greenwood, A. Hinnant, F. B. Hudson, E. L. Perry Jr., R. Thomas, Y. Volz
Associate Professor (Professional Practice) R Kelley, A. Heiss, A. Simons
Assistant Professor B. Johnson, M. Kearney, C. Mislán,
Assistant Professor (Professional Practice) B. Horvit
Journalism Professions Faculty
Professor D. Kiesow
Professor (Professional Practice) R. Bailey, D. L. Herzog, M. M. Jenner, K. Kiely, L. S. Kraxberger, R. Smith, S. Woelfel
Associate Professor T. Warhover
Associate Professor (Professional Practice) J. Abbott, J. S. Bell, E. K. Brixey, L. Bruzzese, R. Famuliner, E. Frogge, L. Hammock, S. S. Hiles, M. Hinojosa, M. Horvit, L. Johnston, H. Lamb, J. D. Nevalga, E. Reed, K. Reed, R. A. Reeves, J. L. Rowe, R. Stodghill, S. C. Swafford
Assistant Professor (Professional Practice) K. Bilal, R. Greene, M. Knisley, B. Kratzer, R. Takeo Morimura, K. Stanfield, E.C. Stephens
Strategic Communication Faculty
Professor G. T. Cameron, M. E. Duffy, C. M. Frisby, S. Heiman, S. L. Rodgers
Professor (Professional Practice) S. T. Heiman
Associate Professor (Professional Practice) B. Best, F. Corridori, J. B. Flink, H. Higginbotham, J. Stemmle, M. Swanson
Assistant Professor H. Akin, S. Lee, M. Luisi, J. Porter
Assistant Professor (Professional Practice) J. D. Flink
Graduate Faculty Member - membership is required to teach graduate-level courses, chair master's thesis committees, and serve on doctoral examination and dissertation committees.
Doctoral Faculty Member - membership is required to chair doctoral examination or dissertation committees. Graduate faculty membership is a prerequisite for Doctoral faculty membership.
Undergraduate students in the School of Journalism pursue their degree in Journalism or with an emphasis in Strategic Communication as approved by the University Board of Curators and the Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education.
A minor in Journalism is also offered.
Global and Domestic Programs
The School of Journalism offers exchange, internship, and a variety of short-term programs in the United States and abroad. Students interested in these programs should consult with an advisor in the Journalism Global Programs Office.
Degree with Honors Requirements
Graduation with Latin honors is based on the grade point average from all UM-system courses. Cum laude requires 3.5, magna cum laude 3.7, and summa cum laude 3.9. The School computes the grades to three decimal points and does not round up. Students are reviewed for honors prior to the graduation ceremony and after the semester concludes.
Kappa Tau Alpha is a journalism honorary society that accepts the top 10 percent of each graduating class. Qualifying students are sent a letter with details about the society and are recognized at the journalism graduation ceremony.
- MA in Journalism
- PhD in Journalism
About Journalism's Graduate Degree Programs
The Missouri School of Journalism awarded the first master’s and doctoral degrees in journalism in 1921 and 1934, respectively. The master’s and doctoral programs at the School enjoy superb reputations, both among scholars and among practitioners in news, advertising, public relations and strategic communication.
For the master’s program, Missouri Journalism offers a complete set of real-media experiences. We operate the only network affiliate (NBC) television station in the country used to train journalism students. We publish a community daily newspaper (not a campus paper), and we operate several major web sites, a local magazine and an international magazine. Students also may train at our campus-based NPR affiliate.
Our strategic communication students design media campaigns for local and national clients through our two student-run advertising agencies, MOJO Ad and Adzou. Our students have created advertising and public relations campaigns for Nokia, Apple, Dr Pepper, Anheuser-Busch, Duncan Hines, DuPont, Dow Chemical, Kinko’s, Eastman Kodak and many other leading international brands.
We operate educational programs in Washington, D.C., New York, Brussels and Barcelona where many of our students carry out their capstone projects or do research. We also partner with educational programs around the world.
The MA is offered in an on-campus program and an online program.
On-Campus Master's Program: https://journalism.missouri.edu/degrees-programs/graduate-degrees/masters/
Online Master's Program: https://journalism.missouri.edu/degrees-programs/graduate-degrees/online-masters/
On-Campus Options - MA in Journalism
Students who wish to pursue a traditional on-campus experience, should refer to the MA in Journalism page. Students choose from more than 20 program models, and complete a thesis or professional project. An accelerated BJ to MA program is available, as well as a joint Journalism and Law program, and a dual degree option with the Masters of Public Health.
Online Options - MA in Journalism with emphasis
Professional journalists or others who cannot travel to mid-Missouri to attend the on-campus program might consider doing their program in an online format, available to applicants who have a minimum of three years professional journalism-related experience. Students in the online program are required to make two short visits, two to three days each, to campus during their program. Learn more about our online master’s programs here https://journalism.missouri.edu/degrees-programs/graduate-degrees/online-masters/.
The online option is offered in four emphasis areas: Health Communication, Interactive Media, Media Management, and Strategic Communication.
Graduate Minor in Law and Conflict Resolution
This program is for journalism doctoral students who are interested in teaching and researching in journalism, law and conflict resolution in a school of journalism or communication department. For details, refer to the Graduate Minor in Law and Conflict Resolution.
Facilities and Resources
A variety of special facilities and resources are available to help students meet their educational objectives. These include the Columbia Missourian, a general circulation daily newspaper with full-leased wires of The Associated Press and The New York Times Service; KOMU-TV, an NBC affiliate; KBIA-FM, a National Public Radio station; MOJO Ad and Adzou advertising agencies; and Vox magazine, a weekly city magazine. All provide students the opportunity for hands-on learning under faculty supervision and to conduct applied research.
The Journalism Library subscribes to more than 125 newspapers and magazines worldwide and catalogs more than 40,000 volumes. Many more resources are available in electronic format.
The State Historical Society of Missouri, located on-campus, has an extensive collection of state newspapers dating from 1808.
The Freedom of Information Center maintains a day-to-day study of the actions by government, media and society affecting the movement of information.
The national headquarters of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting provide educational services to reporters, editors and others interested in investigative journalism.
The Association of Health Care Journalists is headquartered at Missouri and is dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. Its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing.
The Center on Religion & the Professions works to improve religious literacy among professionals, to help them serve a diverse public. As America grows more religiously diverse, professionals need to better understand the religious traditions and beliefs of the public they serve. CORP’s interdisciplinary, practical and applied work centers on that mission. Founded in 2003 with a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Center is one of Pew’s 10 Centers of Excellence. CORP is affiliated with Religion Newswriters Association.
The American Society of News Editors focuses on leadership development and journalism-related issues. Founded in 1922 as a nonprofit professional organization, ASNE promotes fair, principled journalism, defends and protects First Amendment rights, and fights for freedom of information and open government.
Founded in 2003 with a generous gift from the Donald. W. Reynolds Foundation, the Reynolds Journalism Institute is committed to developing and testing new ways to improve journalism through new technology and improved processes.
Each year the school sponsors the Missouri Honor Medal Award program, which brings contemporary leaders in mass communications to the campus. The school also directs a number of professional development and awards programs, including the international competition for the best Pictures of the Year.
Kappa Tau Alpha, national honor society for scholarship in journalism, founded at the university in 1910, has its headquarters in the school.
An array of competitively awarded fellowships, assistantships, scholarships and other financial aid opportunities are available.