​The combined Bachelor's/Master's degree programs allow students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates. These three graduate level courses will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree

The combined Bachelor's/Master's degree programs allow students to complete three graduate courses (12 graduate credit hours) while still completing their undergraduate degree program. These three graduate courses will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The following Communication graduate programs have been approved as combined degree options:
 
  •  Digital Communication and Media Arts (MA)
  •  Health Communication (MA)
  •  Journalism (MA)
  • Media Cinema Studies (MA)
  • Organizational and Multicultural Communication (MA)
  • Relational Communication (MA)

Deferring Admission

Students can defer their graduate admission for one year.  If students do not matriculate after completing their B.A. degrees or within the one year deferral period, the graduate courses taken as undergraduate students will no longer count towards the graduate degree and students must reapply for admission to the graduate program.

Digital Communication and Media Arts (MA)

Students with junior status who have earned a 3.5 GPA in their major courses, have 3.0 cumulative GPA, and have successfully completed CMN 101, CMN 102 and CMN 103 are eligible to apply to the program. Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate Admission office by May 1 (priority deadline): B.A./M.A. Combined Degree Program Application, official undergraduate transcript, Statement of Purpose (750 words) explaining why the student is seeking admission to the program, writing sample (research paper that demonstrates the applicant's ability to synthesize and analyze scholarly work), and two letters of recommendation from professors in the College of Communication.
 
During their senior year students complete 12 graduate credit hours of Digital Communication and Media Arts coursework which will fulfill undergraduate communication electives and/or open electives. Students are strongly encouraged to take two of the DCMA core courses (CMNS 570 and MCS 575) and one DCMA elective course during their senior year.  Students admitted to the program must earn a B or better in each of the three graduate courses they take as a senior.  If a student fails to meet the GPA requirement, they will not be allowed to continue as a graduate student in the program.
 

Health Communication (MA)

Students with junior status who have earned a 3.5 GPA in their major courses, have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and have successfully completed three 300-level courses in their major are eligible to apply to the program.  Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate Admission office by May 1 (priority deadline): B.A./M.A. Combined Degree Program Application, official undergraduate transcript, answers to essay questions, writing sample (research paper), and two letters of recommendation from professors in the College of Communication.
 
During their senior year students complete 12 graduate credit hours of Health Communication coursework which will fulfill undergraduate communication electives and/or open electives. Students are strongly encouraged to take the HTHC core courses (HTHC 515, HTHC 516, HTHC 517) during the senior year.  Students admitted to the program must earn a B or better in each of the three graduate courses they take as a senior.  If a student fails to meet the GPA requirement, they will not be allowed to continue as a graduate student in the program.

 

 Journalism (MA)

Students with junior status who have earned a 3.25 GPA in their major courses and 3.0 cumulative GPA are eligible to apply to the program. Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate Admission office by May 1 (priority deadline): B.A./M.A. Combined Degree Program Application, official undergraduate transcript, Statement of Purpose (750 words) explaining why the student is seeking admission to the program, writing sample or project that demonstrates the applicant’s ability in journalism, and two letters of recommendation from professors in the College of Communication.
 
During their senior year students complete 12 graduate credit hours of Journalism coursework which will fulfill undergraduate communication electives and/or open electives.  Students admitted to the program must earn a B or better in each of the three graduate courses they take as a senior.  If a student fails to meet the GPA requirement, they will not be allowed to continue as a graduate student in the program.
  

Media Cinema Studies (MA)

Students with junior status who have earned a 3.5 GPA in their major courses, have 3.0 cumulative GPA, and have successfully completed CMN 101, CMN 102 and CMN 103 are eligible to apply to the program. Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate Admission office by May 1 (priority deadline): B.A./M.A. Combined Degree Program Application, official undergraduate transcript, Statement of Purpose (750 words) explaining why the student is seeking admission to the program, writing sample (research paper that demonstrates the applicant's ability to synthesize and analyze scholarly work), and two letters of recommendation from professors in the College of Communication.
 
During their senior year students complete 12 graduate credit hours of Media and Cinema Studies coursework which will fulfill undergraduate communication electives and/or open electives. Students are strongly encouraged to take two of the MCS core courses (MCS 501, MCS 502, MCS 504) and one MCS elective during their senior year.  Students admitted to the program must earn a B or better in each of the three graduate courses they take as a senior.  If a student fails to meet the GPA requirement, they will not be allowed to continue as a graduate student in the program.

 

Organizational and Multicultural Communication (MA)

Students with junior status who have earned a 3.5 GPA in their major courses, have 3.0 cumulative GPA, have successfully completed CMN 101, CMN 102 and CMN 103,  and have successfully completed three 300-level Communication courses are eligible to apply to the program. Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate Admission office by May 1 (priority deadline): B.A./M.A. Combined Degree Program Application, official undergraduate transcript, answers to essay questions, writing sample (research paper), and two letters of recommendation from professors in the College of Communication.
 
During their senior year students complete 12 graduate credit hours of Communication coursework which will fulfill undergraduate communication electives and/or open electives.  Students are strongly encouraged to take at least two core courses and a methods requirement during their senior year (examples: CMNS 500, CMNS 501, CMNS 541, CMNS 581 or CMNS 582). Students admitted to the program must earn a B or better in each of the three graduate courses they take as a senior.  If a student fails to meet the GPA requirement, they will not be allowed to continue as a graduate student in the program.
 

Relational Communication (MA)

Students with junior status who have earned a 3.5 GPA in their major courses, have 3.0 cumulative GPA, and have successfully completed CMN 101, CMN 102 and CMN 103 are eligible to apply to the program. Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate Admission office by May 1 (priority deadline): B.A./M.A. Combined Degree Program Application, official undergraduate transcript, Statement of Purpose (750 words) explaining why the student is seeking admission to the program, writing sample (research paper that demonstrates the applicant's ability to synthesize and analyze scholarly work), and two letters of recommendation from professors in the College of Communication.
 
During their senior year students complete 12 graduate credit hours of Relational Communication coursework which will fulfill undergraduate communication electives and/or open electives. Students are strongly encouraged to take at least two core courses and a methods requirement during their senior year (examples: CMNS 500, RELC 500*, CMNS 581 or CMNS 582). Students admitted to the program must earn a B or better in each of the three graduate courses they take as a senior.  If a student fails to meet the GPA requirement, they will not be allowed to continue as a graduate student in the program.
 
* For BA/MA students who are completing their BA in Relational Communication and seeking an MA in Relational Communication, the core course requirement of RELC 500 – Theories of Relational Communication will be waived.  Students waived from having to take RELC 500 will replace the course with an additional graduate RELC elective course (still completing the required total of 48-credit hours).