• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

The online masters degree in media management from MU will help you direct your career toward leadership roles in media organizations. If you aspire to positions like magazine publisher, advertising agency partner or station general manager, this may be the degree for you. 

This degree may help you prepare for such careers as: 

  • Managing partner 
  • Media relations manager 
  • General manager 
  • Broadcast/network president 

Program structure and topics 

Delivery of this program is blended; one on-campus seminar held in the fall is required, but individuals may elect to attend up to three times.Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one or two classes each semester and finish in two to three years. 

Course work covers:

  • Communications law 
  • Investigative reporting 
  • Management and leadership 
  • Mass communication 
  • Media business models 
  • Participatory journalism

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum of three years of experience in journalism or a strategic communications-related field.
  3. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Three application essays.
  7. 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.
  8. Résumé.
The University of Missouri is currently authorized to accept students to most distance education programs in all 50 states. Please see our state authorization page.

Application Deadlines

Spring, 16-week session
December 2
Spring, 8-week session
February 3
Summer, 8-week session
April 20
Fall, 16-week session
July 6
Fall, 8-week session
August 31


  • .CORE COURSES10-12 Credit
  • JOURN 8000Mass Media Seminar3 Credits

    Concepts, functions and major problems of print and electronic media in the United States. Two hours lecture and one hour of discussion lab each week.

  • JOURN 8080Media Ethics3 Credits

    An introduction to and application of ethical theory to their contemporary mass media.

  • JOURN 8006Quantitative Research Methods in Journalism3 Credits

    Research methods of utility in journalism and philosophy of science. Emphasis on understanding common quantitative methods and tools. Prerequisites: six hours of journalism or instructor's consent.

  • or JOURN 8008Qualitative Research Methods in Journalism3 Credits

    Course is designed to introduce graduate students to common qualitative approaches applicable to the study of journalism and mass communication. Students will learn a variety of approaches, practical methodologies and tools that will help them conduct research.

  • JOURN 8070Proseminar in Communications Sec. 4 2 Credits

    Seminar on professional and academic issues in journalism and communication. Specific discussion topics selected by faculty and students on a per class basis.

  • JOURN 8070Proseminar in Communications Sec. 5 1 Credit

    Seminar on professional and academic issues in journalism and communication. Specific discussion topics selected by faculty and students on a per class basis.

  • JOURN 7000Communications Law3 Credits

    Legal concepts, including prior restraint, libel, privacy, obscenity, contempt and access as they relate to print, broadcast, advertising and other areas.

  • JOURN 7436Investigative Reporting3 Credits

    Advanced course designed to acquaint reporters with public issues. Students write two in-depth projects and other shorter assignments. Students meet weekly with instructor for editorial suggestions.

  • JOURN 7700Engaged Journalism3 Credits

    (cross-leveled with JOURN 4700). An examination of how information is shared outside professional journalism, and how journalists can interact with communities. Topics will include community collaboration, social media, audience outreach and understanding, and an expanding definition of "news." Students will work with the community on behalf of the Missourian. All interest areas welcome. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

  • JOURN 7736Changing Media Business Models3 Credits

    Analysis of the economic changes in news media. Explore concepts and theories of monetizing media. Hands-on experience in creating innovations in media business models.

  • JOURN 7978Media Management and Leadership3 Credits

    Dramatic changes in technology and the media's role in converging technologies require new management and leadership techniques and paradiams. Students will write case examining these changes. Prerequisites: JOURN 4306 or JOURN 4804.

  • JOURN 8056Theory of Mass Communication3 Credits

    Major communication theories and theorists. Interpersonal theories are included as they relate to mass communication.

  • JOURN 8058Communication in Media Organizations3 Credits

    Covers key concepts in management and communication in media organizations, including print, broadcast, advertising and public relations. Topics include leadership, human resource management, managerial/employee communication, career success, financial decision-making, teambuilding and goal setting in media organizations. Prerequisites: Open to students in the online master's program only.

  • JOURN 8044Strategic Conflict Management3 Credits

    Strategic conflict management is a cross-disciplinary study that integrated organizational behavior, crisis management, conflict resolution and image repair. This course melds theory with practice, and is for those venturing into media management, law, and strategic communication

  • .CAPSTONE10 Credits
  • either JOURN 8100MA Thesis Seminar 1 Credit

    Choosing and developing an appropriate research topic for a thesis; designing a research strategy and learning appropriate investigative techniques. Must be completed before starting thesis. Graded on S/U basis only.

  • and JOURN 8090Research in Journalism9 Credits

    Guidance for graduate students engaged in research toward production of the thesis. Graded on a S/U basis only.

  • or JOURN 8098MA Project Seminar 1 Credit

    Choosing and designing an appropriate profession project; preparation to carry out work successfully; discussion of trends and future directions in various areas of journalism. Must be completed before starting the professional project. Graded on S/U basis only.

  • and JOURN 8190Area Problem in Journalism 9 Credits

    Work project enabling a master's student to demonstrate professional competence; may be one offered in a graduate reporting program or a creative project designed to meet a particular interest of student. Graded on S/U basis only.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $724.70
  • Fees: $124.03
  • Total: $848.73
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2174.10
  • Fees: $372.09
  • Total: $2546.19
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $724.70
  • Fees: $124.03
  • Total: $848.73
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2174.10
  • Fees: $372.09
  • Total: $2546.19
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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