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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 four 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. 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, and Brussels where many of our students carry out their capstone projects or do research. We also partner with educational programs around the world.

Degrees Offered

Journalism, Master of Arts

100% Online On Campus

The program offers an on-campus Master of Arts in Journalism and an online Master of Arts in Journalism with emphasis areas in health communication, interactive media, media management or strategic communication.

Admission criteria

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours

Campus program deadlines

Entrance termApply byCourse work begins
FallJanuary 1August
SpringSeptember 1January

Online program deadlines

Entrance termApply byCourse work begins
Spring 2020December 2January
Spring 2020, second 8-week sessionFebruary 3March
Summer 2020April 20June
Fall 2020July 6August
Fall 2020, second 8-week sessionAugust 31October

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

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

Suggested GRE Scores (for on-campus MA program applicants)

Test Type  Verbal Quantitative
GRE 153-160 144-148

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Journalism Master’s Program

Please upload the following application materials into the Graduate School online application:

  • Upload unofficial copies of all transcripts (in English) to the Academics section of your application.
  • 3 essays as specified on the School of Journalism website
  • Résumé
  • 3 letters of recommendation (use the online Graduate School application system)
  • GRE score (required for the on-campus MA program applicants only)

Journalism, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: January 15
*Note: Deadlines are firm, and no applicant is considered for admission until all required information is received.

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 undergraduate; 3.5 graduate
  • Applicants should have demonstrated interest, education or professional experience in journalism, advertising, public relations, mass communication or a related field. A degree (bachelor’s or master’s) in one of those fields or two years of full-time professional media experience is preferred. All required information must be received before the admission review can begin. Applicants may be required to participate in an interview with the doctoral faculty as part of the review process. Students who did not write a thesis in their master’s program may be required to complete a project to demonstrate their ability to do independent research.

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

Suggested GRE Scores

When did you take the GRE? Verbal + Quantitative
Prior to August 1, 2011 1100
On or after August 1, 2011 V: 156+; Q: 146+

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Journalism Doctoral Program

Please upload the following application materials into the Graduate School online application:

  • Upload unofficial copies of all transcripts (in English) to the Academics of your application.
  • Statement of Doctoral Objectives
  • Résumé
  • Writing sample (such as thesis proposal, project proposal, sole authored or first authored papers)
  • 3 letters of recommendation (use the online Graduate School application system)
  • GRE score

Interactive Media, Graduate Certificate

100% Online

Officially approved as:

Stand Alone: Yes
Degree Dependent: Yes

Total Credit Hours: 15

Certificate description:
The Graduate Certificate in Interactive Media prepares students in the use of interactive, digital and social media. It provides insights into how people perceive and process digital messages. Students will investigate the psychological, social, ethical and legal issues regarding the roles and effects of digital news, advertising and public relations on society.

Certificate web site:
https://journalism.missouri.edu/degrees-programs/graduate-degrees/online-certificates/

Application Deadlines

Entrance termApply byCourse work begins
Spring 2020December 2January
Spring 2020, second 8-week sessionFebruary 3March
Summer 2020April 20June
Fall 2020July 6August
Fall 2020, second 8-week sessionAugust 31October