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Health Communication (BA/MA)

The bachelor's/master's (BA/MA) combined degree program​ allows students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still enrolled in their undergraduate program. These graduate credit hours will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The College of Communication BA/MA programs are available to College of Communication undergraduates only. The exception to this policy is the MA in Health Communication program also accepts undergraduate applicants majoring in Health Science (BS/MA).

Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria for the BA/MA and BS/MA in Health Communication:

  • 3.5 GPA in major courses
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Junior status
  • Completion of three 300-level major courses

Students who meet the above criteria must submit the following to the Graduate Admission Office by May 1st (priority deadline):

  • BA/MA Combined Degree Program Application​
  • Official undergraduate transcript
  • Four essay questions (Essay questions should be saved as .doc or .pdf and uploaded into online application or e-mailed to
    • What factors contribute to your decision to enter graduate school now?
    • How do studies in health communication relate to your personal and professional goals? (In your response, identify how this program suits your specific needs, goals, interests, etc. and how health communication studies connect with your future objectives.)
    • What demonstrates your suitability for graduate study in this program? Build an argument for your admission.
    • What understandings should admission reviewers bring to a reading of your application? (What additional information or explanations seem important?)
  • Writing sample (please submit a research paper)
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors in the College of Communication (and/or Health Sciences for BS students)

Please submit all admission materials* to:

Office of Graduate Admission
College of Communication
DePaul University
2400 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614-2215

*Essays and writing sample can be e-mailed to​​.

Program Standards

  • The three graduate courses​ taken as a senior cannot be used to fulfill core major requirements. They can be used to fulfill communication electives and 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 maintain a 3.0 GPA (B or better) in the three graduate courses taken as a senior.
  • If a student fails to meet this academic requirement, they will not be allowed to continue as a graduate student in the program.
  • Students can defer their graduate admission for one year. If students do not matriculate after completing their BA or BS 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.

Visit the Health Communication MA​ section for more information about the graduate program.