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The University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications offers several graduate program options offering both academic and professional experiences. All programs build on the school’s strong professional and academic reputation.

◼︎ The Master of Science in Journalism (MSJ) degree on the Lawrence campus is the thesis track. 

◼︎ The Integrated Marketing Communications program (MSJ-IMC), which serves students wanting to specialize in strategic communications skills. Classes are held at night on the Edwards Campus in suburban Kansas City.

◼︎ The MS/JD joint degree program combines into approximately three and one-half years of full-time study the Master of Science (M.S.) in Journalism and the Juris Doctor (J.D.) programs offered by the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the KU School of Law. The joint degree program in journalism and law is designed to offer students academic grounding in both disciplines to prepare them for the professional practice of journalism, law or a combination of media law.

◼︎ The Ph.D. program offers intensive, rigorous education in research skills leading to original research and the creation of knowledge. The program of study leads to the student’s dissertation proposal and dissertation. Ph.D. students work closely with the school’s publishing faculty members, creating original research examining real-world issues. Students take a core of theory and research methods courses; 12 hours in a concentration in an academic unit outside of the J-School; a comprehensive exam, and then complete an acceptable dissertation. 

◼︎ The online Master's Program in Digital Content Strategy trains graduates to find, use and analyze information and data to solve organizational problems, and building skills and a mindset for adapting to the ever-changing digital landscape. Graduates complete certificates in Social Media Strategy and Data Interpretation and Communication.


MSJ

  • Applications accepted and reviewed monthly. Apply online
  • One official transcript of all college-level courses. (from each college attended) Expected GPA: 3.0 or above
  • A current resume
  • Two writing samples
  • Three letters of reference from persons familiar with the applicant’s abilities. At least one reference must be an academic reference if you have been out of school less than five years.
  • Integrated Marketing Communications applicants must also submit three writing samples or samples of professional work that reflect your years of experience.
  • International students are required to submit TOEFL scores.
  • International students are required to submit evidence of financial support.

Ph.D.

The school’s Ph.D. program offers intensive, rigorous education in research skills leading to original research and the creation of knowledge. The program of study leads to the student’s dissertation proposal and dissertation. Ph.D. students work closely with the school’s publishing faculty members, creating original research examining real-world issues. Students take a core of theory and research methods courses; 12 hours in a concentration in an academic unit outside of the J-School; a comprehensive exam, and then complete an acceptable dissertation. 

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent with at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Graduate application: Apply online.
  • Application Fee (nonrefundable).
  • Resume or CV.
  • An official transcript of all previous graduate credit, including the master’s degree, sent electronically to Graduate Application Processing Center link. A hard copy is acceptable if the institution cannot send electronic transcripts.
  • A copy of the master’s thesis and other examples of research and scholarship, preferably by PDF. Links to online articles are acceptable.
  • Statement of research goals that coincide with J-School faculty scholarship.
  • Appropriate references from three persons, including the master’s advisor, if possible.
  • International students are required to submit TOEFL scores.
  • International students are required to submit evidence of financial support.

MS/JD

To be admitted to the joint M.S./J.D. program, an applicant must hold an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, complete the admission processes and meet the admission requirements for both the School of Law and the School of Journalism. Also, the applicant must be admitted by both schools no later than the end of the first year of study in the School of Law or the completion of more than 18 credit hours of graduate work in the School of Journalism. The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is the only standardized test required for an applicant to the joint degree program. An applicant or student who is interested in entering the joint degree program should discuss his or her plans with the associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Law and the associate dean for graduate studies and research in the J-School as early as possible.


MSJ-IMC

Requirements:

1. An application. Apply online.

2. A non-refundable application fee payable online to the University of Kansas, $65 (domestic, degree-seeking) or $30 (domestic non-degree-seeking).

3. Three letters of reference from persons familiar with your abilities. When you apply online you will be asked to submit the name and email address of your references. They will then be contacted via email with a web link to complete an online questionnaire and information on how to upload a recommendation letter. Please make sure your references meet the following criteria:

  • It is preferred that no two letters are from people at the same company
  • At least one reference must be an academic reference if you have been out of school less than five years
  • At least one reference should be from a current or former supervisor.4. A current resume. Upload to your online application where indicated.Three samples of professional work that reflect your years of experience. You may have to scan these into one document and upload into the “writing sample” or “other” spot on the online application.

Have the references mailed to:

The University of Kansas Edwards Campus
Attn: Matt Tidwell, Integrated Marketing Communications Graduate Program
12600 Quivira Road, Suite 117B
Overland Park, KS | 66213 
or emailed.

4. Official transcripts of all college and university work. You will be required to upload an unofficial copy of the transcript showing your undergraduate degree on your online application. If you don’t have one, upload a receipt showing you have ordered an official copy from the institution, which they may mail or email to the physical or email address above. If you received your undergraduate degree from KU, you may order your transcript online from the Registrar’s Office.


Note: We accept applications from international students who are here on a work visa and qualify to attend school on a part-time basis. International students whose native language is not English also must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination scores or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination scores. For information visit either of these websites, TOEFL or ITELTS. International students must also submit proof that they have the financial resources to cover annual expenses, by submitting an official financial statement. Required information is listed on the International Application.
Applications accepted and reviewed monthly.


Master's Program in Digital Content Strategy (online)

Application Deadlines: Priority – May 1 | Late – May 15

  • One official transcript of all college-level courses. (from each college attended) Expected GPA: 3.0 or above. Submit to gapc@ku.edu
  • A current resume
  • Two letters of reference from persons familiar with the student’s academic or professional work or potential for graduate study
  • Applicants must also submit two writing samples or samples of professional work that reflect your years of experience
  • International students are required to submit TOEFL scores
  • International students are required to submit evidence of financial support

Questions?

Graduate program admission questions may be directed to our graduate advisor, Jammie Johnson, at 785-864-7649, or our associate dean of graduate studies, Scott Reinardy, at 785-864-7691, or download the Graduate Handbook.

Or to the KU School of Law at (785) 864-4550 or admitlaw@ku.edu

Transcripts: Please mail official transcripts to: School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Stauffer-Flint Hall, 1435 Jayhawk Blvd., Attn: Graduate Advisor, Lawrence, KS 66045 or official transcripts can be emailed from the school or university.


Graduate Admission Questions?

Admission questions may be directed to our graduate advisor, Jammie Johnson (785-864-7649), or our associate dean of graduate studies, Scott Reinardy (785-864-7691).

Also refer to the Graduate Handbook.

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