Course Waitlist

Media, Journalism & Film department uses an online waitlist procedure for our majors and other students seeking to force add our classes in STC (formerly COM), MAC, JRN, CMS and FST. There is high demand for MJF classes and they do regularly fill up. We believe this system is the fairest way to help students get the classes they need. The system does NOT work on a first-come-first serve basis. Instead, it allows us to prioritize access to student who need specific classes to graduate.

How does the MJF waitlist system work? Each semester, we force add students at TWO different times.

Round #1: Registration-Period Waitlist Opportunity
If a class you want is closed when you log online to register for the next semester, you need to fill out the online waitlist form. That form will be available on the MJF website during the normal registration period. At the end of the registration period (i.e., early May for fall classes; early December for spring classes), we review the forms and place students onto waitlists, giving priority to MJF majors and students with the most credit hours earned. We will then add as many students from the waitlist as we can and will email you to tell you whether or not you have been added to a class. Typically you will receive this notification email no later than two weeks after the end of the semester (i.e, by the end of May for fall classes; by the end of December for spring classes).
Round #2: Start-of-Semester Waitlist Opportunity
If you didn’t get into a class you wanted during normal registration OR if you discovered that you want to take a MJF class after registration closed, you need to fill out the waitlist form. The form will be available from Sunday through Thursday the week before classes start. At the end of that week, we will review the forms and place students onto wait lists, giving priority to MJF majors and students with the most credit hours earned. We will then add as many students from the list as we can and will email you to tell you whether or not you have been added to a class. Typically you will receive this notification email no later than noon on Monday of the first week of the semester.

Important Requirements/Tips

  • When you fill out the form, please tell the truth; these forms will be linked to your DARS. If you misrepresent your credit hours or your major status, we will know and delete your request.
  • PLEASE DO NOT ASK INDIVIDUAL FACTULY TO FORCE-ADD YOU TO A CLASS. Faculty cannot add students to the waitlist.
  • We will use your Miami email to contact you regarding your waitlist request. Therefore, it is important that you check and double check that email account. If you are added to a class but do not attend class the first day because you didn’t see the email, you may be dropped from the class.
  • Use the comments section on the waitlist form to explain anything that needs clarification or it you feel there are any special circumstances we should know about (see below for some examples).

Even if there are openings in a course, you might have trouble adding IF:

  • You already are in one section of the class and are trying to move to another section. If this is the case, indicate what you want us to do in the comments sections of the waitlist form. This will increase your chances of getting into the section you want.
  • You do not have the pre-requisite for the course you are requesting.
  • You are not a major in our department (if you are a COM minor or trying to finish a COM thematic sequence, indicate that in the comments section).
  • The class you are requesting is a high-demand course that is specifically required by other majors but is one of several options for you. As a result, students with more credit hours or who required that specific class have priority because you will have other opportunities to take that class in the future.

If you are a Strat Com (STC) major and have completed JRN 201, you can choose among several options for a second journalism course, including JRN 318 (which we recommended) or JRN 350.

If you have a hold on your registration, we CANNOT hold a spot for you. To resolve any outstanding registration holds you must log into myMiami (details about who you should contact regarding the registration hold will be in a red box).

Once classes start and you still have not been added and have questions, please see the appropriate area director below. Area directors will have the waitlists (if there are any openings, they will let you know):

If you still have scheduling concerns, please see or email your area director (or advisor). OR contact the Department Chair, Richard Campbell, OR Howard Kleiman, Assistant Chair of MJF.