Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

This collection of frequently asked questions (FAQ) provides brief answers to many common questions about GRE and TOEFL examinations, admissions criteria and financial aid as well as deadlines and admissions decisions.

GRE and TOEFL Examinations

Are entrance examinations other than the GRE considered for your program?

Only your general GRE score is considered when your application for admission is reviewed.

What must I score on the GRE to be admitted?

The admissions committee reviews applications in their entirety; GRE scores are considered as part of the whole application.

Where can I take the GRE?

Colleges, universities and learning centers such as Sylvan are often testing centers for the GRE, or you can visit the GRE website to learn more.

What are the GRE and/or TOEFL department and institution codes for University of Missouri-Columbia?

GRE Department Code: 4503. Institution Code: 6875. TOEFL Department Code: 18. Institution Code: 6875.

Do I have to take the TOEFL/IELTS exam if all of my schooling has been in English?

If English is not the official language of your native country, the TOEFL exam is required from doctoral applicants regardless of where the master’s degree was received.


Admissions Criteria

Is a degree in journalism or communication necessary for admission?

Our doctoral students have diverse educational backgrounds and hold degrees in areas other than journalism or communication. Applicants without a degree in journalism (bachelors or master’s) should demonstrate a background in journalism.

Should I have a master’s degree before I apply?

The doctoral program requires you to have completed a master’s degree before enrolling in the program. You do not need to have your master’s degree in hand at the time of application.

Must I have professional experience in journalism for admission?

Doctoral applicants should have professional experience in journalism, but it is not required.

How much does your program cost to attend?

Updated information about educational fees is available through MU Office of Cashiers.

How long does it take to complete your doctoral program?

The traditional doctoral program takes approximately three years to complete.

Financial Aid

Is financial aid available?

Information about financial aid is available through the MU Student Financial Aid office.

Are there assistantships available?

All students admitted to the doctoral program are supported with a combination of scholarships and assistantships. Assistantships are awarded to all students admitted to the doctoral program, regardless of their nationality.

How would having an assistantship benefit me?

There are financial benefits of having an assistantship. By working 20 hours a week, you will receive a stipend and an educational fee waiver. There are a few costs that are not covered by the tuition waiver. Beyond finances, you have the opportunity to work closely with a professor on teaching and research activities.

Can I receive financial aid or have an assistantship if I’m an international student?

International students are immediately eligible for research assistantships. International students can qualify for a teaching assistantship after you have attended the University of Missouri for one semester and have passed a language screening test that is given on campus. International students should contact the MU International Center for more information about funding options.

Deadlines and Admissions Decisions

When are the application deadlines?

The deadline for the fall semester (August entry) is Jan. 15. Please be sure your completed application packet is received by the deadline for application. Deadlines are firm.

When will I be notified of the admissions decision?

You will receive notification of your admission status approximately six to eight weeks after the application deadline. Decisions are sent by e-mail.

Is an interview required for doctoral admission?

Interviews are not required for most applicants. However, international applicants may be granted provisional admission until an interview is completed.

How will I know if my GRE scores are high enough for me to be admitted?

The admissions committee looks at all aspects of your application when determining your admissions status. This includes your undergraduate and graduate GPA, your GRE score, your letters of recommendation, your statement of purpose, your professional experience and your other accomplishments. The admissions committee reviews every application that is considered complete.

How many doctoral students do you admit each year?

We admit 7 to 10 doctoral students each year.

Do you offer rolling admissions?

The admissions committee reviews all applications at the same time.

May I send application materials to you ahead of the deadline for the semester for which I’m applying?

We welcome applications at any time. Please be sure to indicate the semester for which you are applying and we will hold the materials in our files for up to a year.