Transfer Student Standards and Planning

Transfer Student Standards and Planning

The School of Journalism works with students in a variety of way to provide a seamless transfer from community or four-year colleges to MU.

Understanding the Undergraduate Curriculum

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Journalism degree complete coursework in two designated areas as outlined by university, journalism faculty and national accreditation guidelines. Liberal arts courses make up approximately two-thirds of the degree requirements; journalism, one third. Completion of the degree is divided into two components. First, students are required to complete a minimum of 60 credits from the pre-interest area curriculum. Then, students transition to the final 60 credits in the interest area curriculum.

During the pre-interest area curriculum students take courses primarily from the liberal arts and sciences. They also take a smaller portion of journalism courses. The curriculum builds a solid foundation for advanced studies in journalism in the interest area.

Students will officially apply to a journalism interest area during the fall semester of their sophomore year, as they approach completion of the pre-interest area curriculum. Admission is automatic with the completion of a minimum of 60 credits, fulfillment of all pre-interest area course work and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in courses taken from the UM system.

Once students begin their interest area, the focus of the curriculum shifts to a larger portion of journalism courses. Students continue to enroll in non-journalism courses to meet degree requirements.

Journalism Course Transfer Policies

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions determines transfer equivalencies for the University. Students from accredited schools and colleges should check the MyZou Transfer Course Equivalency to see how coursework will transfer to MU or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

The School of Journalism can accept up to 12 journalism credits transferred from other accredited journalism programs or from Missouri colleges with which the School of Journalism has articulation agreements. Courses that are not part of an established agreement may be accepted on a case-by-case basis by the associate dean for undergraduate studies. Requests for consideration can be sent to The request must include the course syllabus or syllabi.

Students who transfer the equivalent course for JOURN 2100 News are required to pass a grammar examination offered by the School of Journalism before being admitted to an interest area. All students enrolling in JOURN 2100 News at MU are able to take the examination during the semester they are enrolled in the course.

Planning Resources

It is recommended that students who are considering transferring to the School of Journalism request a pre-approval to enroll in journalism-related courses at another college or university to ensure transferability. The request must include the course syllabus or syllabi. Requests for pre-approval can be sent to Journalism Student Services

Ensuring adequate preparation for hands-on, real media and agency experience is a high priority in the School of Journalism. Meeting the demands of this priority often results in a low rate of transferability of journalism major courses. Students are encouraged to focus on general education requirements prior to enrolling at MU.

The journalism courses required in the pre-interest area curriculum require a two-semester enrollment sequence. Students seeking to graduate in four years should consult with a School of Journalism adviser no later than their freshman year of college.

Students planning a campus visit are welcome to meet with an academic adviser in the School of Journalism to discuss how transfer credits will apply to the journalism curriculum. Office visits can be requested through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions Campus Visits. Phone appointments can be scheduled by calling Journalism Student Services at 573-882-1045 at least two business days ahead of the visit.

Degree Requirements

After completing the pre-interest area curriculum, students continue to pursue their degree in one of six Emphasis Areas approved by the University Board of Curators and the Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education. These are Convergence Journalism, Magazine Journalism, Photojournalism, Print and Digital News, Radio-Television Journalism, and Strategic Communication.