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Alternate names? Please notify us in advance if any application materials may arrive under different names so that we are sure to include all of your application materials in one file.

Samples of Work: The admission committee will be considering a great number of applications and will have very little time to review samples of work. The best way to provide work samples is to include a link or links to examples of your photos/ writing /design samples. Such links should be included in your resume. Remember: Prior education or experience in journalism is not required for admission to our program.

  • If you must upload individual photos, please limit your submission to three to five photos. The committee will not review more than five photos. Photo samples must be in one of the following formats: .doc, .wpd, .rtf, .xls, .pdf, .docx, .xlsx or .txt.
  • Please do not send us CDs/DVDs. We do not have a way to include those with your application materials.
  • Samples of work should be uploaded to the Supplemental Information area in the MU Graduate School application form.

Letters of Recommendation:

  • Make sure you ask for reference letters well ahead of the deadline. We need all of the letters submitted by that time.
  • You may submit your completed application prior to all of the letters being on file, and we encourage you to do so. This allows us to review all of the other portions of your application while waiting on your letters.

Transcripts: Once transcripts or other application materials are received on campus it will take a minimum of 10 business days for confirmation to appear in the Graduate School’s application system.

Is my application complete? We do our best to notify every applicant when their application is complete. We also send emails out when an application has something missing.

Notification of Admission Decisions: You will be notified via email about a decision on admission. We will use the email address that you enter on the MU Graduate School application. Decision deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall Semester decisions are sent out around the middle of March
  • Spring Semester decisions are sent out around the middle of October

Questions? All questions regarding the application process should be directed to