Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements. Additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission are:

  • Unconditional
    Unconditional admission is granted to applicants who have a bachelor's degree from an ACEJMC accredited , or similarly rigorous, program in any mass communications field; and whose undergraduate GPA is 2.75 or higher. International students must submit TOEFL scores of at least 213 computer-based test, including at least 21 on each of the three verbal areas, or 20 in each of the four areas of the Internet based test in addition to the above requirements.
  • Conditional
    Conditional admission may be granted to applicants who have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in fields other than mass communications; or whose undergraduate GPA is between 2.50 and 2.74.

International students entering the JMC program from the Murray State University English as Second Language program (ESL) must complete Level 6 AND students must submit TOEFL scores of at least 213 computer-based test, including at least 21 on each of the three verbal areas, or 18 in each of the four areas of the Internet based test in addition to the above requirements.

All students granted conditional admission must earn at least a 3.0 grade point average in their first nine hours of graduate courses, with no single grade below a B, in order to remain in the program. The graduate director may require up to nine (9) hours of additional prerequisite courses, for any student admitted conditionally.