Journalism Admissions Standards

As a worldwide leader in journalism and strategic communication, the Missouri School of Journalism directly admits students who have met high academic standards in their high schools or based on their aptitude as evidenced by their performance on standardized college admission tests (ACT or SAT).

The School also welcomes students as pre-journalism majors who will demonstrate through college coursework their readiness for the School’s rigorous academic program. Both directly admitted and pre-journalism students take prerequisite courses designed to acquaint them with career options in the field while beginning to build a foundation in core skills.

Directly Admitted Students

  • Have a composite ACT score of 29 or combined SAT score of 1330 or a high school core GPA of 3.74 or are in the top 10 percent of high school graduation class.
  • Meet minimum MU admission requirements.

Pre-Journalism Students

  • Meet minimum MU admission requirements.
  • Are enrolled in the School of Journalism during their pre-major studies (60 credits).
BenefitsDirectly Admitted StudentsPre-Journalism Students
Journalism Advising.XX
Admitted to journalism interest area after successful completion of pre-interest area requirements with 3.0 cumulative MU GPA.XX
Eligible to apply to MU Honors College. If all criteria are met, student receives Honors designation, will be recognized at graduation and may participate in the Honors Convocation ceremony.XX
Eligible for journalism scholarships.X
May qualify for invitation to Walter Williams Scholars. If all criteria are met, student receives renewable scholarship, $1,000 toward journalism global programs and will be recognized at graduation.X

Transfer Student Admissions Standards

For direct admission to the School of Journalism transfer students must meet the criteria listed above and earn a minimum cumulative college transfer GPA of 3.0. Transfer students who do not meet the minimum criteria for direct admission are admitted as a pre-journalism major by meeting the pre-journalism criteria listed above and earn a minimum cumulative college transfer GPA of 2.75. [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.