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School of Communication and Mass Media

Immerse yourself in the world of communication and discover your true potential in the School of Communication and Mass Media.

The Northwest campus is constantly buzzing. You can find us working on the next editions of The Northwest Missourian and the Tower yearbook in the newsroom or producing live shows in the radio and television studios. You may also spot us networking with professionals at communication and public relations conferences. No matter where we’re at, we’re always working together to share stories with others. We have a multi-faceted communication and mass media program designed to help you reach your goals. Join our community and prepare yourself for a rewarding career in communication and mass media.

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Hands on experience

Hands on experience

  • KNWT is the student-produced television station with original programming.
  • KZLX is a student-led radio station serving the Maryville area. 
  • The Northwest Missourian is the student-led weekly newspaper.
  • Tower yearbook is produced by students and annually documents campus life.

More on hands-on opportunities

Degree options in Communications and Mass Media

Degree options in Communications and Mass Media

Choose from programs like Public Relations, Communication, Digital Media, Mass Media, Social Media Management and more.  

No matter your specialty, we have a major for you.

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Take your next steps

Take your next steps

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It’s FAFSA season

It’s FAFSA season

After applying to Northwest, take the next step towards achieving your dreams by filling out the FAFSA and unlocking the potential for federal aid.

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award-winning student media outlets
undergraduate majors to choose from
incredible team of communicators, designers and creators

Expanded scholarship model with tiers up to $6,000 with merit scholarships. Once applied and admitted, eligible students are automatically awarded a merit-based scholarship based on their academic information.

Estimate your scholarships

Get in-state rates with the Bearcat Advantage. Receive an $8,052 scholarship with a 2.75 GPA or above.

See out-of-state qualifications

One easy process for multiple scholarships with the Standard Scholarship App.

Standard scholarship app

Faculty Spotlight

It’s always a great honor just to be nominated for a Pacemaker, but winning one is the icing on the cake for the hard work our student journalists pour into that publication to document the history of the year at Northwest.

Steven Chappell
Director of student publications at Northwest

Steven Chappell

Speaking Bearcats

Northwest's Speaking Bearcats forensics team has claimed 42 national championships since 2009. If you enjoy debating and traveling the country, you may consider joining this organization!

Speaking Bearcats


AdInk offers students the opportunity to learn more about advertising agencies and the skills employers are looking for after graduation. Students tour regional advertising agencies and attend a Kansas City advertising career symposium each year!



Knacktive allows teams of students to conduct market research, analyze data, write creative strategies and develop an integrated, digital marketing campaign for a real-world client. At the end of each course, Knacktive teams pitch their ideas to the client in hopes of being selected.


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