Admission Requirements

Pre-Mass Communication and Admission to the Major

Students interested in becoming undergraduate mass communication majors must first become pre-mass communication majors (PMCO) and enroll in three required screening courses:

  • ENGL 102 Writing for a Liberal Education (3)
  • COMM 131 Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3)
  • MCOM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication (3)

Students cannot apply for MCOM as a major until they have completed these courses. Note: This requirement applies to incoming freshmen, transfer students, currently enrolled Towson University students and students working on a second bachelor’s degree.

Applying to the Major

Admission to the MCOM major is highly competitive. To meet eligibility requirements, students must:

  • complete at least 30 units at Towson University or elsewhere
  • complete ENGL 102, COMM 131 and MCOM 101 with a combined minimum GPA of B (3.00) — no more than one of these screening courses may be repeated for the purpose of determining eligibility
  • achieve an overall GPA of all TU courses of a B (3.00) or above

Students should declare MCOM as their major by completing the online application. The application should be completed during finals week before the semester deadlines: May 20 for notification by June 30, Aug. 15 for notification by Aug. 31 and Dec. 20 for notification by Jan. 30. The department will wait until all grades are in before processing applications. Students will be notified by email to their Towson University email address of their acceptance or denial.

Students who are denied may re-apply. Appeals may be addressed to the department’s executive committee. All appeals should be in the form of a letter accompanied by a transcript.

Admission applications are due during finals week. Spring applications should be received by May 20 will be processed by June 30. Summer applications received by Aug. 15 will be processed by Aug. 31. Fall applications received by Dec. 20 will be notified by Jan. 30.