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Journalism, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) , MO, | Online
The 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  into a new area; comprehensive academic preparation for careers in journalism and strategic communication teaching and research.


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, a combination of those fields.

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.


Officially accredited by the The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, University of Missouri  is a very large coeducational higher education institution. University of Missouri offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. 

Programme Structure

Courses include
  •  Communications Practice
  •  Fundamentals of Data Reporting
  •  Digital Audio and Visual Basics for Journalists
  •  Account Services
  •  Public Relations Techniques
  •  Interactive Techniques
  •  Strategic Communication Techniques
  •  Interviewing Essentials
  •  Using Infographics
  •  Concepts in Participatory Journalism
  •  Area Seminar
  •  Principles of Strategic Communication
  •  Introduction to Strategic Writing and Design
  •  Strategic Writing I
  •  Strategic Writing II
  •  Sports and Entertainment Promotion
  •  Strategic Communication Mobile Sports Production
  •  Media Sales
  •  Mojo Ad Staff
  •  Creative Portfolio
  •  Strategic Design and Visuals II
  •  Psychology in Advertising
  •  Strategic Communication Leadership
  •  Media Strategy and Planning
  •  Management of Strategic Communication
  •  Branded Strategic Storytelling
  •  Public Relations
  •  Digital Strategy I
  •  Digital Strategy II
  •  Strategic Communication Practicum
  •  Public Relations Writing
  •  Broadcast News I
  •  Topics in Journalism
  •  Broadcast News II
  •  News Producing

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Online program deadlines:
    • Fall deadline: July 1
    • Spring deadline: November 15
    • Summer deadline: April 15
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Upload unofficial copies of all transcripts (in English) to the Academics section of your application.
  • 3 essays as specified on Departmental application website
  • Résumé
  • 3 letters of recommendation (use the online Graduate Studies application system)
  • GRE score
  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
        • Tuition Fee

          • International

            27090 USD/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 27090 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
          • National

            27090 USD/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 27090 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
          • In-State

            11252 USD/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 11252 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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          Living costs for Columbia

          • 800 - 1300 USD/month
            Living Costs

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