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One of the world’s best-known journalism schools provides quality online degrees for journalists and communicators in health communication, interactive media, strategic communication or media management. The online programs have the same rigorous standards as Missouri’s on-campus offerings.

Obtaining a 37-hour master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism opens doors of opportunity worldwide. Join an influential group of alumni, including many industry executives, innovators and award winners. Enjoy the benefits of learning from faculty members who are noted for their accomplishments, as practicing journalists, PR and advertising professionals, as well as for their teaching and research abilities. Gain knowledge from some of the best experts in the business. Exchange ideas and network with fellow students as you interact frequently throughout each course and participate in team projects.

The Emphasis Areas

The School of Journalism’s online master’s programs are designed for news, public relations, strategic communication and advertising professionals who have been in the field for a minimum of three years.

Health Communication

The health communication emphasis area allows professionals in several fields to become more knowledgeable about health topics and communication practices. It’s designed for individuals in health sciences, health care facility administration and communication.

Interactive Media

The interactive media emphasis area prepares students in the use of interactive, digital and social media. It provides insights into how people perceive and process digital messages. In addition, the course of study investigates the psychological, social, ethical and legal issues regarding the roles and effects of digital news, advertising and public relations on society.

Media Management

The media management emphasis area is well-suited for persons moving into management positions after several successful years as print or broadcast reporters, public relations practitioners, advertising professionals, copy editors, photographers, photojournalists or producers.

Strategic Communication

The strategic communication emphasis area is designed for professionals in advertising, marketing, communication, and public relations who wish to enhance their knowledge and capabilities. The program emphasizes evidence-based decision-making and the creation of strategies and tactics that accomplish organizational or client goals.

Students can elect to follow the specific area program models or tailor their course work to meet their professional and academic goals.

Victoria Clayton-Alexander
Master of Arts - Journalism '15 | California

After telling so many students to get their masters degree, Victoria Clayton-Alexander decided it was her turn. This Southern California resident found the pace and convenience of Mizzou's online master of arts in journalism program was the right fit for her.

Other Info

On campus requirement

The program is online except for a one-credit-hour, one-weekend, fall class conducted on the MU campus in Columbia, Mo. Students are required to attend the on-campus seminar once during their program but can elect to attend up to three times.

Master's degree

The master’s degree is composed of course work that totals 37 credit hours. Completion time will depend on the number of courses you take per semester. You may graduate in three years by averaging two courses per semester.


Students may start the program as either post-baccalaureate (formerly non-degree-seeking), with approval of the academic adviser for the program or degree-seeking.


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Commission on Higher Learning of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Missouri School of Journalism is fully accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC), the agency responsible for the evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities.