Journalism and Mass Communication


Program Information:

Program Statement:
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Degrees Offered:
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
Area(s) of Emphasis:
  • Science communication
  • Political communication and social change
  • Multicultural communication
  • Media industries
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • 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 pertain to the field of journalism and communication.
  • To develop the ability to design and present an independent and meaningful research project.
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 1.9 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Kelly Winfrey
Phone: 515-294-8344
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

    Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication Graduate Program
    101 Hamilton Hall
    Iowa State University
    Ames, IA 50011-1180

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements:
  • Portfolio (recommended)
  • Program Requires GRE: No
  • Program Requires GMAT: No
  • Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No
International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 570
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 88
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 59
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    Rolling examination of applications, but students who wish to be considered for assistantships should submit applications by Feb. 15.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.