Admissions Standards for International Freshmen and Transfer Students

Admissions Standards for International Freshmen and Transfer Students

New and transfer students whose primary language is not English are required to meet specific criteria to pursue the Bachelor of Journalism degree. English-language proficiency – both written and oral – is basic to the work of journalists and strategic communicators. Students who meet the minimum English language criteria are initially admitted directly to the Missouri School of Journalism or as pre-journalism in the College of Arts and Science. Students who do not meet the minimum English language criteria can be admitted to the College of Arts and Science (A&S) in another admissible major.

Directly Admitted Students

  • Have a composite ACT score of 29 or combined SAT score of 1350 (1290 pre-March 2016) or are in the top 10 percent of their high school graduation class.
  • Meet minimum University of Missouri admission requirements.
  • Will be assigned a School of Journalism academic adviser when they enter MU as a freshman.
  • Will retain the same academic adviser during their undergraduate studies.
  • Will be expected to maintain a minimum cumulative University of Missouri System GPA of 3.0.
  • Minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper-based score of 600 or TOEFL electronic score of 100 or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band score of 7 with minimum section scores of 6.
  • Students transferring from another college or university must have a minimum transfer GPA of 3.0.

Pre-Journalism Students

  • Do not meet the minimum criteria listed above for direct admission.
  • Meet minimum MU admission requirements.
  • Minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper-based score of 550 or minimum TOEFL electronic score of 80 or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band score of 6.5 with minimum section scores of 6.
  • Are enrolled in the College of Arts and Science during their freshman and sophomore years.
  • Will be assigned a designated pre-journalism academic adviser in A&S when they enter MU as a freshman.
  • Will automatically transfer to the School of Journalism after completing the pre-interest requirements with a 3.0 GPA and official application to the interest area.
  • Will be assigned a School of Journalism academic adviser when they transfer from A&S to the interest area in the School of Journalism, usually during the second semester of the sophomore year.
  • Students transferring from another college or university must have a minimum transfer GPA of 2.75.

Students with Other Majors

  • Students can appeal for admission to pre-journalism or directly to journalism by taking a speaking and writing examination offered by the School of Journalism.
  • Prior to appealing, students can request a permission number to enroll in JOURN 1010 Career Explorations in Journalism and JOURN 1100 Principles of American Journalism from JournalismStudentServices@missouri.edu.

Appeal Examination Requirements

  • Registration eligibility includes a minimum University of Missouri System GPA of 2.8 and a projected completion of 24 credits at the conclusion of the semester in which the examination is taken. Please send a request to register for the examination to JournalismStudentServices@missouri.edu.
  • The examination is administered on Reading Day during the fall and spring semesters. See the academic calendar on the MU Registrar’s website for dates.
  • The examination is comprised of a 30-minute supervised written English test and a brief interview with two faculty members.
  • In situations where there is a split decision between the two faculty members, the associate dean of undergraduate studies will determine the official decision.
  • Students who pass the examination are eligible to submit a transfer of division to pre-journalism or undeclared journalism and become eligible for enrollment in JOURN 2000 Cross Cultural Journalism, JOURN 2100 News and JOURN 2150 Multimedia Journalism.
  • Refer to the Directly Admitted and Pre-Journalism sections to determine the appropriate selection for transfer of division.