Post-baccalaureate enrollment is the classification for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree but have not been admitted to a graduate program. As stated in the Graduate School website’s section on non-degree study:

The Non-Degree Graduate Student Program (post-baccalaureate) allows students to prepare for admission to a graduate degree program either at MU or elsewhere, explore a new discipline, take courses for career advancement, or simply to seek personal enrichment experiences. A non-degree graduate student has access to MU libraries and museums, labs, and recreational and athletic facilities. Some academic programs may limit the availability of their courses to non-degree graduate students. Contact the academic program in which you wish to take courses for more information.

The non-degree graduate student may take undergraduate- or graduate-level courses but does not earn credit toward a graduate degree. Up to 12 hours of graduate credit taken as a non-degree graduate student may be applied to a graduate degree program upon approval of an academic program if the student is accepted.

A limited selection of courses is available at the School of Journalism to post-baccalaureate students. PBS students are not permitted to take skills courses in Journalism, or courses that are part of the graduate core.

The following is a list of the graduate-level courses in the School of Journalism in which PBS students may enroll. Not every course is offered every semester and enrollment is not guaranteed. Priority will be given to students who are admitted to the School of Journalism.

  • JOURN 8001 Seminar on Topics in Journalism: (3)
  • JOURN 8026 Philosophy of Journalism: (3)
  • JOURN 8028 The Literature of Journalism: (3)
  • JOURN 8030 History of Mass Media: (3)
  • JOURN 8038 Seminar in Communications Law: (3)
  • JOURN 8042 Health News and Promotion: (3)
  • JOURN 8044 Strategic Conflict Management: (3)
  • JOURN 8046 Controls of Information: (3)
  • JOURN 8052 Case Studies in the Digital Globe: (3)
  • JOURN 8054 Entrepreneurship and Media of the Future: (3)
  • JOURN 8056 Theory of Mass Communication: (3)
  • JOURN 8068 The Mass Media and the Presidency: (3)
  • JOURN 8070 Proseminar in Communications: (2)
  • JOURN 8080 Media Ethics: (3)
  • JOURN 8092 Photography in Society: (3)

The School of Journalism does not provide conditional admission for the graduate program. Successful performance as a post-baccalaureate student does not guarantee admission to the graduate program. Students in post-baccalaureate status must still complete the entire application process by the deadline appropriate to the semester in which they wish to enroll. See the School of Journalism Master’s Program Admissions page for more information.

If a student in post-baccalaureate status applies to the School of Journalism and is denied admission, they may not enroll in classes at the School of Journalism in future semesters. Similarly, if an applicant is denied admission to the School of Journalism they may not subsequently enroll for courses at the School as a post-baccalaureate student.

Post-baccalaureate students are not eligible for graduate assistantships.

The policies stated here are for the on-campus graduate program. For information about the online program, please contact the adviser for that program by calling the Graduate Studies Office.