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Application Process

Application Process

Once students have been admitted to the College of Liberal Arts, or another degree-seeking college at the University of Minnesota, they may pursue admission to the journalism major. 

Preparing to Apply

Students who plan to submit an Application for Major Status must attend a required Premajor Information Session or watch the online version (be sure to turn the volume up and fill out the form at the end to get credit for viewing the session). SJMC advising staff will give you information about the major, the three program tracks and the application process itself.

NOTE: These meetings are for current University of Minnesota students only. Prospective students should contact the University of Minnesota Office of Admissions at 612-625-2008.

View the listing of Premajor Information Session dates and times or watch the video. Be sure to turn up the volume before you begin the video and fill out the form at the end to get credit. This presentation requires Flash and will not work on mobile devices.

Download the Digital Major Handbook:

Major handbooks provide comprehensive overviews of each track and will be helpful when completing Step 3: Sample Major Program Plan/Timeline.

Strategic Communication Track

Journalism Track

Mass Communication Track

Application Process

*As of Spring 2014, ALL students must submit an ACT, SAT, or EUT score with their application, regardless of when they first enrolled at the University of Minnesota.

Students are eligible to apply for major status, once they have:

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted twice each academic year, at the start of fall and spring semesters. You should turn in all materials to 110 Murphy Hall during standard business hours.

The Fall 2014 application deadline is Friday, September 12, 2014 at 4 p.m.
The Spring 2015 application deadline is Friday, January 30, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Application Instructions

Step 1: Complete the application form

Click here to download and print form.

Step 2: Prepare your written Statement of Intent

The Statement of Intent explains your academic and professional goals for the admissions committee. This also serves as a writing sample.

You could discuss:

The Statement of Intent should be 1½ to 2 pages, double-spaced, and your name and student ID number should be placed at the upper right-hand corner. When writing your Statement of Intent, remember to:

Step 3: Complete a Sample Major Program Plan/Timeline

This is a sample version of the formal “Major Program Plan/Timeline” you will complete to choose your major classes and fully declare the journalism major if you are admitted to the SJMC.

Use the Major Program Plan/Timeline to list the classes you will take to complete your major requirements and when you will take each major course on your plan. Do your best work on this Sample Major Program Plan. The Admissions Committee will review your plans to determine your attention to detail in choosing and scheduling your major courses, and your ability to complete the major requirements by the end of your senior year.

Specific resources that will be helpful to you in creating your Sample Major Program Plan/Timeline:

  1. Print the form for the program track that matches your interests:
  2. Indicate the specific course numbers you will use to complete the various program requirements in the “Major Program Plan” section of the form.
  3. Indicate which semester you will take each planned course by scheduling them in the “Major Program Timeline” section of the form.

Step 4: All Students: Submit your ACT/SAT or English Usage Test Scores

As of spring 2014, all students must submit an ACT/SAT or EUT score with their application, regardless of when they first enrolled at the University of Minnesota. Unofficial copies of your scores are sufficient. Do not pay for official scores. Simply log in to your account on the official ACT website and print a screenshot that includes your name and scores.

Step 5: Submit Application

Your application will not be considered complete until you submit all documents to 110 Murphy Hall before the deadline. Do not submit materials that are printed double-sided, do not staple applications, and be sure materials are submitted in order:

  1. Application Page
  2. Statement of Intent
  3. Program Plan
  4. ACT, SAT, or EUT Score

Auto Admittance for Qualifying Students

Students who meet the required criteria AND submit the requested application materials in steps 1-5 by the application deadline will undergo a streamlined review by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, who will look at the statement of intent and sample major program plan. This process will allow students to be admitted to the major as early as the second semester of their first year.

Students eligible for auto admit major status, upon review of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, if they have:

Auto admitted students must have completed 30 letter graded credits (28 credits for students taking CLA 1001/1002) by the end of the semester they are admitted.

English Usage Test

If you are unable to provide an ACT/SAT score or if you would prefer to take the English Usage Test, you can sign up for a time to take it in 110 Murphy Hall during the first week of fall semester. The test will be administered in 100 Murphy Hall the second week of fall semester. Upcoming English Usage Test times.

See the FAQ (PDF) about the English Usage Test and contact Student Services (612-625-0120) if you have questions.


Applicants will receive their admissions decisions via email within two weeks of the application deadline.

New Major Planning Session

If you are admitted to the major you must attend a New Major Planning Session in order to declare the major. Dates for the 2014-15 school year are:

Fall 2014: Friday, October 17th, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Spring 2015: Friday, February 27th, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Mark your calendar today!