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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Admission to the major is gained through receiving permission to register for the department’s first core course, MASS 221w (Basic Writing for Mass Media).

Please Note: Because of space limitations, it is likely some students seeking admission will not be allowed to enter the program.  Becoming an MSU mass media major or minor is usually a highly competitive endeavor.

Students seeking admission to the major or minor must first complete these courses (or their equivalents) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher:

  • ENG 101 (Composition) and
  • MASS 110 (Introduction to Mass Media)
  • OR
  • ENG 103 (Stretch Composition I) AND ENG 104 (Stretch Composition II)
  • MASS 110 (Introduction to Mass Media)


Students who have attained the 3.0 GPA for the above courses will then be considered for admission to MASS 221w, but only after completing the department’s diagnostic exam, which is offered during particular dates and times each semester. The exam is an hour-long objective test over English grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary. Refer to the Department's [PDF] Diagnostic Exam Study Guide (17 KiB). After all applicants have taken the exam in a given term, faculty choose who enter the program for the following term by considering each applicant’s diagnostic-exam score in conjunction with overall GPA and prerequisite grades.

To take the diagnostic exam, each student must submit to the department a current MSU unofficial transcript or other official evidence to verify GPA status and the satisfactory completion of prerequisite courses.

It is each student's responsibility to check with the chair or office staff about diagnostic-exam dates and times. Students who miss taking the exam at its scheduled times in a given semester will have to wait until the following semester to take the exam. Dates and times for taking the test will be posted in the department office and elsewhere on campus.

Dates for the diagnostic exam given during the Fall 2016 semester are as follows (choose one date that works for you):

  • 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10
  • 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11
  • 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12
  • Noon Thursday, Oct. 13
  • 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14

You are not allowed to retake the exam to improve your score until the following semester.  A student who has taken the test twice and who has not been accepted into the program will be required to show proof of having successfully completed remedial studies in English usage before being allowed to take the test again.

The Department of Mass Media retains the right to waive these admission requirements in exceptional cases. Students who do not meet the minimum requirements as stated above may petition the faculty, in writing, to seek admission to the program.

Mass media majors or minors are required to take department courses for a letter grade (except for the internship, which is a P/NC course). To qualify for a mass media degree, majors must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better in all mass media courses. In addition, they must earn the 2.0 overall GPA required by the university for graduation.

Required core courses, electives and prerequisites are detailed in other department handouts and in the [PDF] MSU Undergraduate Bulletin (43 KiB). For further assistance, send an e-mail message to or call the department office at 507-389-6417.

Admission requirements also located here:  [PDF] Dept of Mass Media Admission Requirements (135 KiB)