Uncomplicate the understanding of health care

Cassandra Adams Jones

Health Communications (MA)

Cassandra Adams Jones is passionate about the Health Communications field as it allows her to bridge the gap between researchers and patients. The Missouri School of Journalism's online master's, though rigorous, allowed Cassandra to continue running her own agency while completing her degree.


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 SeminarX  
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 7700 Engaged Journalism  X
JOURN 8042 Health News and PromotionX  
JOURN 8056 Theory of Mass Communication   
JOURN 8058 Communication in Media OrganizationsB  

Capstone (10 credit hours)

JOURN 8100 MA Thesis Seminar (1 credit hour)XXX
JOURN 8090 Research in Journalism (9 credit hours)XXX
JOURN 8098 MA Project Seminar (1 credit hour)XXX
JOURN 8190 Area Problem in Journalism (9 credit hours)XXX

Post-baccalaureate enrollment

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.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. 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.
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 7, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 66 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 190.
  2. Mark your calendar

  3. Please keep in mind that courses in this program may follow a 16-week or 8-week format. Refer to the course planner above for more details on when courses are offered.

    Application dates

    To start classes in Apply by Classes begin
    Fall, 16-week session Extended July 20 August
    Fall, 8-week session Aug. 31 October
    Spring, 16-week session Dec. 2 January
    Spring, 8-week session Feb. 3 March
    Summer, 8-week session April 20 June
  4. Gather your papers

  5. 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.
    • Résumé.
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or C1 Advanced score reports for applicants whose native language is not English. For information on sending test scores, visit the Grad School website.
  6. Complete the online application

  7. 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)

    Apply Here

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This program is administered by the School of Journalism.