Admission/Application process for Master of Arts-Strategic Communication program

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication invites applications to our Master of Arts-Strategic Communication program from those who will have completed four-year bachelor’s degrees by the time they enroll.

The classes in this program are offered online and at The University of Iowa's John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center in Des Moines, Iowa; not on the main campus in Iowa City, Iowa.

Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

International applicants to the program who are not native English speakers must also submit TOEFL scores. Applicants with TOEFL scores below 100 (600 on the paper-based test) will not be considered for admission.

Take our Strategic Communication classes as a non-degree student

SJMC Graduate Application Process

  • Apply online at the Admissions Website by clicking here.
  • After you submit your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password in order to access your Admissions Profile on ISIS (Iowa Student Information Service), our online portal for students. You will then upload the required supplemental documents through a secure portal.
  • For your letters of recommendation, you will be asked to provide the contact information of your recommenders on your Profile. The recommender will then receive an email from the Office of Admissions instructing them on how to upload a recommendation letter.

Contact information

School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Graduate Program
The University of Iowa
E305 Adler Journalism Building
Iowa City, IA 52242
sjmc-grad@uiowa.edu
319-335-3486

Don McLeese
Associate Director for Online and Distance Education
University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication
John & Mary Pappajohn Education Center
1200 Grand Avenue #110
Des Moines, IA 50309
donald-mcleese@uiowa.edu
515-235-4650

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396
admissions@uiowa.edu
319-335-3847

Applications must be complete to be reviewed for admission. Admissions will be considered on a continual basis, following submission of each complete application, although students should allow at least one month between completion of the application and the beginning of the semester in which they hope to enter the program.

Direct questions about applications to sjmc-grad@uiowa.edu or to donald-mcleese@uiowa.edu. We appreciate your interest and look forward to receiving your application.

See also: The School of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Studies Handbook, which includes this information and more.

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