MHCI 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 Dual Degree 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 Dual Degree program.

Apply to the Dual Degree Program

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.

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 Dual Degree 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.