MA in Journalism
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.
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 update 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.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 37 hours, unless in the Accelerated BJ-MA program (see below for additional information) where it is required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours. Online MA program students are required to complete one of the following emphasis areas under the MA Journalism; Health Communication, Strategic Communication, Interactive Media, or Media Management. The online degree is a minimum of 33 credit hours.
For all students, at least half of the credit hours must be at the 8000-level. Specific course requirements vary depending on the model selected.
|Required Core Courses|
|JOURN 8000||Mass Media Seminar||3|
|JOURN 8006||Quantitative Research Methods in Journalism||3|
|or JOURN 8008||Qualitative Research Methods in Journalism|
|JOURN 8085||Problems in Journalism||9|
|or JOURN 8190||Area Problem in Journalism|
|JOURN 8100||MA Thesis Seminar||1|
|or JOURN 8098||MA Project Seminar|
|Select at least one of the following||3|
|Philosophy of Journalism|
|History of Mass Media|
|Seminar in Communications Law|
|Photography in Society|
Length of Study
The degree must be earned within eight years of beginning the program.
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 programs in Washington D.C., New York City, Brussels, and Barcelona 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.
Additional Program Options
Accelerated Bachelor to Master Program
The accelerated bachelor to master's degree program was designed for students in the Missouri School of Journalism to attain a graduate education. The new program will allow students to apply and begin their master’s program in the senior year of undergraduate program. Students in the program complete requirements as outlined for the Bachelor of Journalism degree and then spend one more year (approximately 12 months) to earn a master’s degree. The program requires students to carry 9-12 credits each semester. Course work in the program builds on the undergraduate program and enhances student’s skills and understanding of the chosen area of journalism. At the present time, areas include strategic communication, newspaper design, broadcast management, computer-assisted reporting and magazine areas such as magazine writing and magazine design.
Joint Journalism and Law Programs
The School of Journalism and the School of Law have created a joint program that provides an opportunity to earn a MA in Journalism and a JD in Law. Students in the joint program 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.
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:
- Minimum TOEFL scores:
|Internet-based test (iBT)||Paper-based test (PBT)|
- Suggested GRE scores:
|When did you take the GRE?||Verbal + Quantitative|
|Prior to August 1, 2011||1100 or better|
|On or After August 1, 2011||V: 153 or better; Q: 144-148 or better|
- Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours
- Accelerated Minimum GPA: 3.5 in last 45 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 Slate:
- 3 essays as specified on Departmental application website
- 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 School of Journalism using the GRE Department Code: 4503 and Institution Code: 6875.
Admission Contact Information
Journalism Graduate Studies
179 Gannett Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
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.