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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

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

Online program deadlines:
Fall deadline: July 15
Spring deadline: December 6
Summer deadline: May 3

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

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

Suggested GRE Scores

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

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

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Employment Disclosure

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/

For information about certificate, contact:
Lindsey Crozier

Email:  
Phone:  (573) 882-4852
Address:  Missouri School of Journalism, 181 Gannett Hall, Columbia, MO 65211

Federal Gainful Employment Disclosure

Graduate Certificate in Interactive Media
Program Length12 months
Program Costs
  • $5,790 for in-state tuition
  • $10,062 for out-of-state tuition
  • $1,130 for mandatory fees
  • $1,026 for books and supplies
  • This College charges an additional $110.00 per credit hour for course fee.
  • All tuition and fees are subject to change. A student’s residency (e.g., resident vs. nonresident), location (e.g., on campus vs. online) and enrollment level (i.e., number of credit hours taken) effect tuition and fee costs. Visit the MU Cashiers Office website for more program cost information.
Median DebtFewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
Licensure RequirementThe following states do not have licensure requirements for this profession:
Missouri
Other InformationFor more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions, please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/.


These disclosures are required by the U.S. Department of Education