Interactive media: Online master’s degree
Master of arts in journalism with an emphasis in interactive media (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 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 Seminar||A|
|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 Storytelling||B|
|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 Communications||B|
|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)||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|
Note For courses that require a course consent request form, please visit https://online-consent.missouri.edu/search/ for permission.
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.
- 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.
Mark your calendar
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.
|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|
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, 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.
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/Interactive Media/Master of Arts (MA)
This program is administered by the School of Journalism.