MA in Journalism

Admission Contact Information

Journalism Graduate Studies
179 Gannett Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
573-882-4852

Email: jourgraduatestudies@missouri.edu

On-Campus Master's Program: http://www.journalism.missouri.edu/graduate/masters/
Online Master's Program:  http://journalism.missouri.edu/programs/online/

About the Master of Arts

The program leading to the MA degree is designed to accommodate several objectives, including: comprehensive professional preparation for careers in the news media, mass communications and strategic communication; expansion of previous professional preparation and experience (e.g. newspaper editing) into a new area (e.g. broadcasting reporting); comprehensive academic preparation for careers in journalism and strategic communication teaching and research; and combinations of the three.

Degree Options

Program Models

Students choose from more than 20 program models, covering the full range of skills and media of journalism and strategic communication. Because the faculty periodically updates these models, students should visit the school’s Web site for the latest details. In addition to the course work in any model, students complete either a thesis or a professional project. Students who make progress on the degree requirements and maintain at least a B average each semester are considered to be in good standing.

Five-year Bachelor to Master Program

Another option for students who seek a master’s degree is the 5-year bachelor to master’s program. To be eligible for this option, students must have completed a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Missouri. Students following the 5-year plan are expected to carry 10-12 hours per semester and will graduate after completion of two semesters of course work and a third semester of project or thesis. Only graduates of Missouri Journalism’s undergraduate program are eligible for the BJ/MA program.

Joint Journalism and Law Programs

The School of Journalism and the School of Law have created joint programs that provide an opportunity to earn a MA in Journalism and either a JD or a LLM from Law. Students in the joint programs complete one of the journalism models and the course requirements for the law degree with a block of courses that are used for both degrees.

Dual-degree option with Masters of Public Health

The School of Journalism and the program in Public Health have created a dual-degree option that allows students to earn a journalism degree in reporting or strategic communication with an emphasis in public health. Students complete a block of courses in public health, as well as in journalism, and complete the dual degree with a public health internship and capstone, in which the focus is on journalism or strategic communication.

Distance Learning

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. Health communication, interactive media, media management and strategic communication models are available through distance learning 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 http://journalism.missouri.edu/graduate/online/.

Master’s Admission Criteria

On-Campus program deadlines:
Fall deadline: January 1
Spring deadline: September 1

Online program deadlines:
Fall deadline: July 1
Spring deadline: November 15
Summer deadline: April 15

  • Minimum Academic IELTS scores:
Item Score
Listening
Reading
Speaking 7.0
OVERALL Score 7.0
  • Minimum TOEFL scores:
Internet-based test (iBT) Paper-based test (PBT)
Speaking: 25
100 600
  • Suggested GRE scores:
When did you take the GRE? Verbal + Quantitative
Prior to August 1, 2011 1100 or better
On or After August 1, 2001 V: 153 or better; Q: 144 or better
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours

Note: Deadlines are adhered to strictly, and no applicant is considered for admission until all required information is received.

Required Application Materials

To the Graduate School
All required Graduate School documents

To the Journalism Master’s Program:

Please upload the following application materials into the online Graduate School application in Apply Yourself:

  • 3 essays as specified on Departmental application website
  • Résumé
  • Unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended
  • 3 letters of recommendation (use the online Graduate School application system)

Please submit official GRE scores to the Journalism Department using the GRE Department Code: 4503 and Institution Code: 6875.

Financial Aid from the Program

Limited fellowships, assistantships, scholarships and other financial aid opportunities are available. All applicants for admission are considered for any available funding. No separate application form is needed. Check the program Web site or ask the program contact for details.

Plan of Study

Two-year on-campus and online students are required to complete a minimum of 37 hours. Five-year BJ-MA students complete a minimum of 30 hours. For all graduate students, at least half of the credit hours must be at the 8000-level. Specific course requirements vary depending on the option selected.

Professional Project or Thesis

Students must enroll in either the Project Seminar or the Thesis Seminar in the semester prior to embarking on their professional project or thesis. These seminar courses guide students in developing proposals for their professional project or thesis. After proposal approval, students enroll in JOURN 8190, Area Problem (for projects) or JOURN 8090, Research (for thesis). Students earn nine credit hours for either the professional project or thesis research.

Students in any model may choose to complete the professional project or thesis off campus. The school operates a program in Washington D.C., which is supervised by a full-time faculty member. In the Missouri state capital the school has a program focusing on public affairs reporting in any medium. Other off-campus opportunities can be arranged.

Length of Study

The degree must be earned within eight years of beginning the program.