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Journalism, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Murfreesboro, TN, United States
Journalists provide news, information, and commentary that help citizens make decisions affecting their lives and participation in a democratic society. Because of this responsibility, the press is the only institution mentioned by name -- and protected -- in the Constitution. This Journalism program is offered by Middle Tennessee State University.
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Students can learn to appreciate this responsibility by specializing in newspaper, magazine and web-based media, plus take courses in related sequences like photography and visual communication. MTSU's accredited program emphasizes writing/reporting skills, theory, history, law, ethics, design, management, research, new media and freedom of expression. Faculty have a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds, and the School of Journalism and Strategic Media offers on-campus practicum and off-campus internship opportunities, including the Seigenthaler News Service-MTSU in Nashville. The School has close ties to the independent student newspaper, Sidelines, and other outlets housed in the Center for Innovation in Media.

What We're Doing

A new MTSU media graduate is out in the wide world with a hefty addition to her resume: a national top-10 finalist win for feature writing in the 2019 Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program. Mamie M. Lomax of Smyrna, Tennessee, a May graduate and a former lifestyles editor at the student newspaper, Sidelines, earned her nod as one of the country’s top college journalists with her entry in the personality/profile writing category, “Passion inspires Murfreesboro man to clean, conserve veterans’ headstones.” The profile of Evergreen Cemetery volunteer Jeff Milstead, published in Sidelines in November 2018 and accompanied by Lomax’s photos, is a first-person account of the painstaking work of honoring Murfreesboro-area veterans by maintaining their grave markers.


The Journalism program is offered by Middle Tennessee State University prepares students who wish to be journalists for a number of jobs in the media. The sequence helps graduates attain careers with newspapers, trade and consumer magazines, book publishing, websites, multimedia, public relations firms, health care, education, advertising, television, radio, film and video production, and other professional media organizations. Journalism professionals can literally go as far as they want, from small media companies to larger outlets that include travel all over the world.  Possible professional positions to pursue include:

  • Advertising executive
  • Arts/entertainment critic
  • Author/novelist
  • Book editor
  • Business communications specialist
  • Copy editor
  • Editorial writer
  • Editor
  • Feature writer
  • Freelance magazine writer
  • Graphic designer
  • Media website entrepreneur
  • News reporter

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 include:

  • American Media and Social Institutions 
  • Media Writing 
  • Digital Media Skills  
  • Professional Development  
  •  Mass Media Law  
  • MC Practicum  

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

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    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®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.

General Requirements

  • Official high school transcript is required for all transfer students unless you have been conferred a U.S. Bachelor's Degree.
  • Certified true transcripts must be mailed from all schools attended.
  • For transcript in languages other than English, the original along with its translation must be submitted.
  • MTSU reserves the right to secure verification of the validity of all submitted transcripts from the issuing institutions. 
  • Also, once submitted all documents become the property of the university.
  • To obtain course substitution credit, students must submit syllabus along with their transcripts.
  • Minimum grade point average is 3.0/4.0 for freshmen and 2.0/4.0 for transfer students.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28606 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28606 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    9036 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9036 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Murfreesboro

  • 1123 - 2090 USD/month
    Living Costs

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