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Dual Degree BA and MCM

Dual Degree BA and MCM for Communication Majors (5 Year Program)

Dual Degree Process

  • You can apply for the Master of Communication and Media (MCM) Program in junior or senior year as a Communication Major at Rutgers School of Communication and Information (SC&I) as part of this Dual Degree program.
  • If accepted, you can plan a course of study that accommodates taking any combination of four (4) MCM courses or 400 level undergraduate courses and these will count toward both your undergraduate and MCM credit requirements. For example, you could take two 400 level and two MCM courses in your Senior year. Or, one 400 level course and three MCM courses.
  • You will be able to save some money by paying undergraduate tuition rates for MCM courses (must be taken in Fall or Spring semesters only).
  • Once your undergraduate degree requirements are filled, you must graduate from that program to be considered full-time in the MCM program.
  • The MCM degree may be completed within 12 months (of full-time study) or at a personal pace while working full-time. MCM is manageable even if you will be working full time. 60% of MCM students work full time. You can accelerate or decelerate your MCM timing as conditions change in your personal and professional lives. Most MCM students complete their degree in between 12 – 24 months.

Preparing to Enter the Dual Degree Program

By the END of junior year as a Communication Major, you should have completed your six required courses and one upper level elective for the major. However, you do not have to complete these prior to applying to the MCM Dual Degree program.

Applying to the Program

  • During your junior year or early senior year you should apply to the MCM program through Graduate Admissions.
  • Submit all the materials listed under "Admissions" through the Graduate Admissions website which include the Graduate application, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, and your Rutgers transcripts. Learn more about the GRE here. (GRE waivers are available).
  • Apply at any time during the year. Once all application materials are submitted and your application is considered complete, your application will be reviewed for acceptance.
  • The MCM program is selective in accepting students. To enhance the chances of being accepted, you should ask for letters of recommendation from professors in the Communication Department or other Rutgers faculty who have had experience working with you.

Application Guidelines

You will apply to the MCM program in your junior or senior year of undergraduate studies. You should apply no later than the semester prior to when you intend to take your first dual degree course. Please note, when you apply for the Dual Degree MCM program, you must select your "apply for" term to match the first term you will be taking master's courses after your undergraduate graduation. Please, see chart below:

If you plan to finish your undergraduate coursework in... Then, apply for...
May 2018 Summer or Fall 2018
Summer 2018 Fall 2018
December 2018 Spring 2019
May 2019 Summer or Fall 2019
Summer 2019 Fall 2019
December 2019 Spring 2020

After Admission

  • You will be advised by the MCM Director about your study plan and progress in the MCM program.
  • For your senior year, you can register for any combination of four (4) MCM courses or 400 level undergraduate courses and these will count toward both your undergraduate and MCM credit requirements. For example, you could take two 400 level and two MCM courses in your Senior year. Or, one 400 level course and three MCM courses.
  • If you apply later and enter in your second semester of senior year, it may be a challenge to enroll for the full 12 credits, but we encourage you to apply to gain some of the benefits of the dual degree program. The MCM Program Director will advise you on your options.
  • If you take upper division undergraduate courses (400 level) to count towards your MCM degree, the instructor in each course will require you to complete additional work beyond that required of other students in the course (one extra assignment), which will qualify it to count towards the MCM degree.
  • You can take any MCM Course (500 level) in your senior year with the exception of these
    • 508 ePortfolio
    • 514 Communication Research
    • 519 Capstone
    • Any MCM Elective that is cross-listed with the Ph.D. program

Substituting Undergraduate Major Courses for MCM Courses of the Same/Similar Topic

  • Once admitted to the MCM program you should visit with the MCM Director to seek advice about courses to take that may be complement your background and interests.
  • It is not wise to plan your junior year courses around the assumption that admission to the MCM program is guaranteed. You should move through your junior year completing all undergraduate major requirements. Then, if admitted to the MCM program, students can plan future coursework. Your priority is to complete your Undergraduate Major and Minor requirements to ensure your graduation obligations are met.

MCM Contacts

  • MCM Program Director, Dr. Richard Dool is the first point of contact for questions.
  • You can also discuss the Dual Degree Program with Alli Machiaverna, Graduate Student Counselor in the office of Student Services. Undergraduate Advisors in Student Services can help to provide the best advice about completing your undergraduate degree requirements.