Admission to Upper-Class Status and Emphasis/Interest Area

Admission to Upper-Class Status and Emphasis/Interest Area

As noted above, directly admitted students who maintain an MU GPA of 3.0 or higher and complete the necessary coursework are automatically admitted to upper-class status and their emphasis area or interest area of choice upon completion of 60 credits and other requirements for upper-class status.

Students who do not meet the criteria for direct admission and directly admitted students who have not maintained a cumulative MU GPA of 3.0 or higher must apply for upper-class status upon completion of 60 credit hours and fulfillment of all other requirements for upper-class status. Committees of faculty in each area will review applications for admission, and admission will be by emphasis area or interest area based on space available in that program.

GPA alone will not be used to evaluate the applications of pre-Journalism students and directly admitted students with GPAs below 3.0. In addition to GPA, the committees will consider a student’s stated desire to work in the fields of journalism or strategic communication, demonstrated commitment to journalism or strategic communication (as evidenced by work with student or professional media, high school activities or participation in journalism student groups), needs of the profession, etc. For example, it is possible for a student with a 2.87 GPA who has demonstrated strong commitment to the field to be selected over one with a 2.95 GPA who has shown no similar commitment. Students applying through this process must submit brief letters of application (not to exceed two pages) stating a case for admission to an emphasis or interest area.

The School will attempt to match interests of students applying through this process with openings in the School’s various academic disciplines. The School does not guarantee first choice of emphasis area or interest area to students admitted through this process. It may be necessary from time to time to limit enrollment in high-demand areas.

Students who are rejected for upper-class status through this process must transfer to another MU division and will no longer be considered Journalism or pre-Journalism students. If, however, a student subsequently spends a semester taking non-journalism courses and raises his or her MU cumulative GPA above 3.0, the student may reapply. No such application will be accepted after a student has completed 70 or more hours of college credit.