Health communication: Online master’s degree
Master of arts in journalism with an emphasis in health communication (MA)
Delivery of this program is blended. All classes are online but one: JOURN 8070, a one-credit-hour, one-weekend class offered on the MU campus each fall term.
Successful completion of the program requires 37 credit hours from the courses listed below.
The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.
Core courses (10-12 credit hours)
|JOURN 8000 Mass Media Seminar||X|
|JOURN 8080 Media Ethics||X|
|JOURN 8006 Quantitative Research Methods in Journalism||X|
|JOURN 8008 Qualitative Research Methods in Journalism||X|
|JOURN 8070 Proseminar in Communications Sec. 4 (2 credit hours)||X|
|JOURN 8070 Proseminar in Communications Sec. 5 (1 credit hour)||X|
Health communication core (15-18 credit hours)
|JOURN 7000 Communications Law|
|JOURN 7256 Public Relations|
|JOURN 7268 Strategic Communication Practicum|
|JOURN 8018 Strategic Communication Research II|
|JOURN 8020 Principles and Tools in Strategic Communication Planning|
|JOURN 8042 Health News and Promotion|
|JOURN 8056 Theory of Mass Communication|
|JOURN 8058 Communication in Media Organizations||X|
Capstone (10 credit hours)
|JOURN 8100 MA Thesis Seminar (1 credit hour)||X||X||X|
|JOURN 8090 Research in Journalism (9 credit hours)||X||X||X|
|JOURN 8098 MA Project Seminar (1 credit hour)||X||X||X|
|JOURN 8190 Area Problem in Journalism (9 credit hours)||X||X||X|
Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll as a post-baccalaureate (formerly nondegree-seeking) student in up to 6 credit hours. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.
The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.
How to apply
Fulfill the admission requirements:
- Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Minimum of three years of experience in journalism or a strategic communications-related field.
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
- Application to this program does require GRE scores. Successful applicants generally have scores in the range of 153–160 (verbal) and 144–148 (quantitative).
- If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 7.
Mark your calendar
Send in your application in time.
|To start classes in||Apply by||Classes begin|
Gather your papers
Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:
- Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
- Three application essays.
- Three letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of three people (e.g., faculty at your school, professional references) who you believe will provide substantive information about your interests and abilities. The Graduate School will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
- TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.
Complete the online application
Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.
- Upload the above documents in the online application
- Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
- Academic Program: Journalism/Health Communication/Master of Arts (MA)
- TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)
Ask us about this program
For information about academic issues or course content, please contact
This program is administered by the School of Journalism.