MHCI 5 Year Program (Dual Degree Option)

School of Communication and Information students can apply for the MHCI program in their junior or senior year as part of the 5 Year Program (Dual Degree Option) BA/MHCI program option.

  • Complete your MHCI degree within 12 months of full-time study or at your own pace.
  • Save money by paying undergraduate tuition rates for MHCI courses (taken in Fall or Spring semesters only).

Plan in Advance Before You Apply

If you want to enter the Dual Degree program:

  • Plan to apply during your junior or early senior year.
  • By the end of junior year, you will have completed your six required courses and one upper-level elective for your major. You do not have to complete these before applying to the 5 Year Program (Dual Degree Option) program.

Apply to the 5 Year Program (Dual Degree Option)

During your junior year or early senior year, apply to the MHCI program through Graduate Admissions.

  • Apply at any time during the year.
  • Your application will be reviewed once you submit all application materials and your application is considered complete.

The MHCI program is selective in accepting students. To enhance the chances of being accepted, ask for letters of recommendation from professors in the School of Communication and Information or other Rutgers faculty who have worked with you.

Please note you will need to apply for the term following your anticipated undergraduate graduation term. You need to remain coded as an undergraduate student during your senior year. If admitted, you will be able to complete MHCI courses in your senior year and will receive special permission numbers from the Office of Student Services to register for the courses.

Anticipated Undergraduate Graduation Term: Complete an application for the following academic term:
May 2022 Summer or Fall 2022
August 2022 Fall 2022
January 2023 Spring 2023
May 2023 Summer or Fall 2023
August 2023 Fall 2023
January 2024 Spring 2024
May 2024 Summer of Fall 2024
August 2024 Fall 2024

*Please note, as a graduate student you are not required to complete summer courses. If you are an anticipated May graduate, you can apply for summer or fall

What Happens Once You Are Admitted

After admission, the MHCI director will advise you about your study plan and options.
For your senior year:

  • Register for any combination of four MHCI courses or 400-level undergraduate courses to count toward both your undergraduate and MHCI requirements.
  • If you take 400-level undergraduate courses, the instructor will require you to complete one additional assignment that will count towards the MHCI degree.
  • You may take any 500-level MHCI course in your senior year with the exception of:
  • If you enter in the second semester of your senior year, it may be a challenge to enroll for the full 12 credits but we encourage you to apply to gain some benefits. The MHCI program director will advise you.
  • When selecting your junior year courses, your priority is to work toward completing your undergraduate major and minor requirements. If you are admitted to the MHCI program, you should meet with MHCI Program Director Richard Dool who will help you plan future coursework.

Helpful Contacts

For questions regarding 5 Year Program (Dual Degree Option) BA and MHCI, reach out to MHCI Program Director Richard Dool.

Undergraduate advisors in the Office of Student Services can provide the best advice about completing your undergraduate degree requirements.