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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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 Fall 2017 schedule

Admission to major

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. Bring your DARS into the Mass Media office so we can verify your grades. 

Once grades have been verified, we will reserve a spot for you in a section of MASS221W for the following semester. At this point, you will have permission to register for the class in e-Services. Register for the class like you would register for any other class.

Seats are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

At times, instructors may give permission for students to take another MASS class simultaneously with MASS221W. These courses may include MASS233, MASS290 and MASS412. Contact your advisor for more information.

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)