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Journalism, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) Missoula, MT, United States
If you are interested in telling stories of the world’s people, places, and issues through the written word, video, photography and audio, this is the place for you. Ours is a hands-on, fully accredited school where you can design your own curriculum. You can focus on one particular area of study, or create a more broad educational experience for yourself.
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Our students learn by doing. We boast a state-of-the-art facility in Don Anderson Hall and promote a very intimate learning environment. You will be required to DO JOURNALISM while you are a student, ending your time here with a professional portfolio of work that will help you land that first job after graduation. Our students produce magazine and newspaper articles and photographs, on-air reports for radio and television, documentary films, and online multi-media reports. They win the very top awards and scholarships given to college journalists year after year.

Our faculty has a wealth of experience. Each member has at least 10 years of professional experience; most have much more. They’ve worked for daily newspapers, alternative weeklies, radio and television stations, magazines and online news organizations in Montana, the Northwest, around the country and the world. Their contacts are current and deep, which means you’ll have the benefit of landing a great internship or first job after graduation.

We are an accredited school of journalism which means your courses will be current and demanding, your class sizes will be small, and you will have the best equipment and facilities to conduct your work. Ours is an open-door policy, so when you need help, our faculty and staff will be here for you. In addition, we have scholarships, work-study opportunities, and a variety of financial aid packages to help defray educational costs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses in the School of Journalism examine the news media--emphasizing their history, privileges and responsibilities--and provide instruction in skills required for careers in print media, radio and television, photojournalism, and online media.

For students wishing to pursue a BA or a minor in journalism, please review the following opportunities:

  • Pre-Professional Program
  • Professional Program
  • Journalism Minor

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

Application Procedures

Applying for admission as a new freshman is a three-step process. You will complete the first two steps before you are admitted; the third step is completed once you graduate from high school.

  • Submit a complete admission application and pay the application fee.
    • Online Application / Printable Application (PDF)
  • Request that your ACT or SAT test results be sent to the Admissions Office directly from the testing company.
    • All freshmen under age 21 must take the ACT or SAT test.
    • UM's ACT code is 2422; UM's SAT code is 4489.
  • Request a final high school transcript upon graduation which must include your date of graduation and final GPA.
  • Admission Requirements

    You must meet at least one Primary Requirement and complete the College Preparatory Requirements to be admitted to the University of Montana.

    Primary Requirements
    • An ACT composite score of 22
    • or a SAT combined score of 1120 (1540 for tests prior to March 2016)
    • or a 2.50 cumulative grade-point average
    • or a class rank in the upper half of your high school graduating class

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      23741 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 23741 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      6215 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 6215 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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    Living costs for Missoula

    • 1000 - 2080 USD/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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