Photojournalism Early Enrollment Program

Photojournalism Emphasis Area Early Enrollment Program

How to Apply

The Photojournalism Early Enrollment Program is open to high school graduates who have a strong aptitude for and interest in photojournalism. Applicants should demonstrate solid academic performance and a broad range of interests, plus significant experience in journalistic photography through participation in high school or community publications and/or personal initiative.

Each candidate for the Photojournalism Early Enrollment Program should submit:

  • A portfolio of photographs, which can be an electronic presentation on CD or prints, slides and/or tear sheets that demonstrate photographic skill and professional work habits.
  • A letter of reference from a teacher or professional journalist who is familiar with his/her work.
  • An essay of approximately 500 words explaining why the student wishes to pursue a career in photojournalism.

Preference will go to those candidates who graduate in the upper 25th percentile of their class; however, candidates who fall outside the upper 25th percentile but can demonstrate strong professional aptitude are encouraged to apply.

All applicants must interview with David Rees, program chair, during the first semester on campus.

Beginning Your Photojournalism Studies

Students accepted into the Photojournalism Early Enrollment Program will begin their photojournalism studies at MU as follows:

  • It is highly recommended that students enroll in a Freshman Interest Group (FIG) in which students of like interests take general education courses together, are housed in the same residence hall, and participate in special counseling sessions and other orientation programs conducted by Journalism faculty and students.
  • Students should complete at least 15 credits of non-journalism courses in which they earn an MU¬†GPA of 3.0 or better. This is generally equivalent to the first semester, freshman year at MU.
  • Students should enroll in J4556 Fundamentals of Photojournalism (3 credits). This course would generally be taken during the second semester, freshman year at MU.
  • Students who earn a B or better in JOURN 4556 Fundamentals of Photojournalism (3 credits) and complete 30 credits in which they maintain an MU GPA of 3.0 or better may enroll in JOURN 4558 Advanced Techniques in Photojournalism (3 credits) during their first semester, sophomore year.

Admission to the Journalism School

Continuation in the Photojournalism Early Enrollment Program and admission to the School of Journalism at the end of the sophomore year is guaranteed providing students:

  • Earn a B or better in JOURN 4556 Fundamentals of Photojournalism and JOURN 4558 Advanced Techniques in Photojournalism.
  • Maintain a MU cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better throughout his/her freshman and sophomore years.
  • Earn a C or better in JOURN 1100 Principles of American Journalism, JOURN 2000 Cross-Cultural Journalism, JOURN 2100 News and JOURN 2150 Fundamentals of Multimedia Journalism.
  • Meet all other pre-interest/emphasis area requirements of the School of Journalism.

Students who fail to meet one or more of these requirements must apply for admission to the School of Journalism following the usual procedures.

Additional Resources
MU Freshmen Interest Groups