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.
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 Premajor Handbook:
Students are eligible to apply for major status, once they have:
Applications are accepted twice each academic year, at the start of fall and spring semesters.
The Spring 2014 application deadline will be Friday, January 31, 2014.
Click here to download and print form.
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:
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:
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.
Your application will not be considered complete until we receive all documents before the deadline. Do not submit materials that are printed double-sided, do not staple applications, and be sure materials are submitted in order:
Beginning for the Fall 2013 application cycle, SJMC is initiating an auto admit process. Students who meet the required criteria AND submit the requested application materialsin steps 1-5 will be automatically admitted to the program. 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:
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.
If you are admitted to the major in spring, you must attend a New Major Planning meeting on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. in order to declare the major. Mark your calendar today!