First-time college students admitted to the University of Missouri are eligible to pursue a Bachelor of Journalism degree.
Journalism Admissions Standards
As a worldwide leader in journalism and strategic communication, the Missouri School of Journalism welcomes all students who meet MU Admission standards into the program as undeclared journalism majors.
Students who maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and complete all prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of C- matriculate into one of six career paths: Television, Cross-Platform Editing and Producing, Photojournalism and Documentary, Reporting and Writing, Social and Audience Strategy, Strategic Communication.
The program allows students to take hands-on and theoretical courses in their first year of study. The courses are designed to acquaint students with an array of career options, while building a foundation in core skills.
The flexible program allows students the ability to customize their degree by providing them with 15 elective credits and giving them the option of taking courses in more than one career path. All students have the ability to get experience in the School’s professionally oriented, public-facing media outlets and agencies.
Transfer Student Admissions Standards
Transfer students are eligible to enroll as undeclared journalism majors when they meet MU’s freshman admission requirements and earn a minimum cumulative college transfer GPA of 2.75.
A cumulative GPA of 3.0 and completion of prerequisite coursework with a minimum of C- allow students to matriculate into career path coursework including: Television, Cross-Platform Editing and Producing, Photojournalism and Documentary, Reporting and Writing, Social and Audience Strategy, Strategic Communication. [More]
International Student Admissions
An additional criterion for consideration for new and transfer students whose primary language is not English includes minimum standardized test scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 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. Students who do not meet the minimum criteria for direct admission are admitted as pre-journalism majors. [More]
Changes to Admission Status
All undergraduate admission decisions are administered by the MU Office of Admissions.