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Master of Science (M.S.) in Journalism and Mass Communication Iowa State University




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Course info


The Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication master’s program is a 32-credit course of study culminating in a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in journalism and mass communication. Two tracks are available: one for students who desire specialized study in communication theory and research and one for students who wish to develop or strengthen their professional and strategic communication skills.

Area(s) of Emphasis (for program use only): Science and Risk Communication; Electronic and Broadcast Media; Public Relations; Political Communication; New Media; Advertising; Law and Ethics; Visual Communication

Learning Goals that students in this program are expected to meet include:

To develop an understanding of the central issues and current research important to the field of journalism and communication.

To be familiar with the breadth and depth of the journalism and communication profession.

To be able to communicate acquired knowledge in the field.

To be aware of ethical issues that pertains to the field of journalism and communication.

To develop the ability to design and present an independent and meaningful research project.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Science (M.S.) in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Full Time (32 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$26,352.00 (19,31,206) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

202 Catt Hall,

2224 Osborn Dr,



50011, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Iowa State requires a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally-accredited college or university prior to beginning graduate studies.

International degrees must be comparable to a US bachelor’s degree or higher from a college or university regionally accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Education in that country.

A minimum cumulative grade point average equivalent to at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B grade) is required for admission.

The minimum scores accepted by the Graduate College are:

Internet Based TOEFL (iBT): 88
TOEFL Paper (PBT): 570
IELTS: 6.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE): 59
Duo Lingo English Test: 105 (only approved through Fall 2021 admission cycle)

Application Deadlines: Rolling examination of applications, but international students who wish to be considered for assistantships should submit applications by March 1st.

Although the Greenlee School reviews applications as they arrive, applications must be received by Jan. 15 (for those planning to begin graduate work in August or the fall semester) and by the middle of October (for those planning to begin graduate work in January or the spring semester) for full consideration.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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