Post-Baccalaureate Students

Post-Baccalaureate Students

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] [8001] [Seminar on Topics in Journalism]
    Problems, issues and approaches to research in selected topic areas. Specific content varies by needs of faculty and students and will be announced in advance. Prerequisites: Master’s students only.
  • JOURN 8026 Philosophy of Journalism: (3)

    [JOURN] [8026] [Philosophy of Journalism]
    Seminar deals with wide assortment of philosophical questions in journalism but concentrates on epistemology, political press theory and ethics. Such questions as “objectivity” in journalism, press responsibility, professionalism.
  • JOURN 8028 The Literature of Journalism: (3)

    [JOURN] [8028] [The Literature of Journalism]
    Reading of ten basic books about journalism. Several books are assigned to everyone; several are assigned on an individual basis, and several are electives. Oral reports, short papers, and class discussion.
  • JOURN 8030 History of Mass Media: (3)

    [JOURN] [8030] [History of Mass Media]
    American mass media from colonial days to present in the context of social, economic and political change. History research. Prerequisite: graduate standing.
  • JOURN 8038 Seminar in Communications Law: (3)

    [JOURN] [8038] [Seminar in Communications Law]
    Discusses contemporary issues in press-bar relationships. Discussions led by law students and journalism graduate students with occasional guests from each area. Prerequisites: JOURN 4000/7000 or instructor’s consent.
  • JOURN 8042 Health News and Promotion: (3)

    [JOURN] [8042] [Health News and Promotion]
    This is an advanced seminar that examines and critiques the literature on health communication in news about health and its impact and health promotion campaigns.
  • JOURN 8044 Strategic Conflict Management: (3)

    [JOURN] [8044] [Strategic Conflict Management]
    Strategic conflict management is a cross-disciplinary study that integrated organizational behavior, crisis management, conflict resolution and image repair. This course melds theory with practice, and is for those venturing into media management, law, and strategic communication. Prerequisite: graduate journalism standing required.
  • JOURN 8046 Controls of Information: (3)

    [JOURN] [8046] [Controls of Information]
    A detail of actions by government, largely the federal government, calculated to limit or alter the content of information in the United States.
  • JOURN 8052 Case Studies in the Digital Globe: (3)

    [JOURN] [8052] [Case Studies in the Digital Globe]
    This course seeks to broaden students perspective about how digital technology affects the world around us. Final course in the CDiG certificate. Inter-departmental course.
  • JOURN 8054 Entrepreneurship and Media of the Future: (3)

    [JOURN] [8054] [Entrepreneurship and Media of the Future]
    This course will give students an intense hands-on experience in working with real entrepreneurs on complex business problems in the journalism field. Example companies are the Associated Press, Kachingle, the Chicago Sun-Times, Spot-Us and the Media Policy Center. The goal is to offer a solution or solutions to the stated problem, and to present these ideas in a competitive, symposium environment. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Journalism or MBA program.
  • JOURN 8056 Theory of Mass Communication: (3)

    [JOURN] [8056] [Theory of Mass Communication]
    Major communication theories and theorists. Interpersonal theories are included as they relate to mass communication.
  • JOURN 8068 The Mass Media and the Presidency: (3)

    [JOURN] [8068] [The Mass Media and the Presidency]
    This seminar examines that historical triad of the free expression clauses of the First Amendment, the presidency and the American mass media through readings, class assignments and a project.
  • JOURN 8070 Proseminar in Communications: (2)

    [JOURN] [8070] [Proseminar in Communications]
    Seminar on professional and academic issues in journalism and communication. Specific discussion topics selected by faculty and students on a per class basis.
  • JOURN 8080 Media Ethics: (3)

    [JOURN] [8080] [Media Ethics]
    An introduction to and application of ethical theory to their contemporary mass media. Prerequisite: graduate standing or instructor’s consent.
  • JOURN 8092 Photography in Society: (3)

    [JOURN] [8092] [Photography in Society]
    Social and political dimensions of still photography with emphasis on critical thinking and analysis in visual communication. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

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 advisor for that program by calling the Graduate Studies Office.