University of Missouri - Columbia

12 months
27090 USD/year
27090 USD/year
11252 USD/year
Tuition fee
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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.

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Online program deadlines:

  • Fall deadline: July 1
  • Spring deadline: November 15
  • Summer deadline: April 15




On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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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