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 Journalism program also accepts undergraduate applicants majoring in either History, Political Science, or Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies.
Admission Criteria for the BA/MA in Journalism:
3.25 GPA in major courses
- 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Junior status
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
- 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/interest in journalism
- Two letters of recommendation from professors in the College of Communication; History; Political Science; or Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies.
Please submit all admission materials* to:
Office of Graduate Admission
College of Communication
2400 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614-2215
*Statement of purpose and writing sample can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The three graduate courses a student takes as a senior cannot be used to fulfill core major requirements. They can be used to fulfill journalism major electives, communication electives and open electives. Students are encouraged to take at least two core classes (JOUR 501, JOUR 502 or JOUR 503) in their senior year.
- Students minoring in Journalism may count the three graduate Journalism classes toward their minor as electives. (Please note: students minoring in Journalism are required to take JOUR 275 and JOUR 278.)
- Students admitted to the program must maintain a 3.0 GPA (B or better) in the three graduate courses they take as a senior.
- If a student fails to meet this GPA 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 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 Journalism MA section for more information about the graduate program.
Visit our combined BA/MA programs section for more information.