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Lisa Brown

As the business editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Lisa Brown applies her journalism expertise on a daily basis. When she was looking for an additional degree, she needed a program with flexible hours and instantaneous application. The University of Missouri School of Journalism's interactive media master’s program provided Lisa access to top-notch faculty and the latest information on the ever-changing field of journalism.

JoDee Kenney

For JoDee Kenney, Mizzou was THE choice. A veteran of the television industry, she wanted to stay relevant and remain flexible in her career. The University of Missouri's School of Journalism offered her an online program focused on the modern era of interactive media.

Elizabeth Sanchez Denton

Elizabeth Sanchez Denton is an accomplished journalist and wanted professional development that built upon her expansive field experience. University of Missouri's School of Journalism Interactive Media degree was the perfect fit for Elizabeth and her busy life.


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 University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise.

Core courses (10-12 credit hours)

JOURN 8000 Mass Media SeminarA  
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. 6 (1 credit hour)X  

Interactive media core (15-18 credit hours)

JOURN 7000 Communications Law   
JOURN 7252 Branded Strategic StorytellingB  
JOURN 7256 Public Relations B 
JOURN 7262 Digital Strategy I A 
JOURN 7430 Computer Assisted Reporting   
JOURN 7462 Emerging Technologies in Journalism A  
JOURN 7510 Visual CommunicationsB  
JOURN 7700 Engaged Journalism  X
JOURN 7736 Changing Media Business Models  X
JOURN 7812 Online Audience Development   
JOURN 8056 Theory of Mass Communication   
JOURN 8058 Communication in Media Organizations   

Note X = full semester, A = 1st half of semester, B = 2nd half

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

Note For courses that require a course consent request form, please visit for permission.

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 July 6 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/Interactive Media/Master of Arts (MA)

    Apply Here

This program is administered by the School of Journalism.

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