Rutgers SC&I Communication (COM) and Journalism & Media Studies (JMS) majors can apply for the Master of Communication and Media (MCM) program in their junior or senior year as part of the dual-degree 5+ Year BA/MCM program option.
If you are considering the 5+ Year BA/MCM program:
Please note that the MCM program follows a selective admission process. To increase your chances of being accepted, request letters of recommendation from COM or JMS professors or other Rutgers faculty members who are familiar with your work.
COM or JMS students who have completed at least 90 credits may apply. To be considered, you must:
Submit two letters of recommendation by Rutgers professors from whom you've taken classes.
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 MCM 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 Date:
|Complete an application for the following admission cycle:
|Summer or Fall 2024
|Summer of Fall 2025
|Summer of Fall 2026
*Please note, if you are an anticipated May graduate, you can apply for summer or fall.
If you are accepted into the 5+ Year BA/MCM program, you will be considered an undergraduate student who is taking master's-level courses. These courses will count toward your general electives or COM or JMS electives in your senior year. During this time, you must fulfill all of your undergraduate requirements. After graduating with a bachelor's degree, you will then transition into the master's program, and, consequently, be subject to the processes and requirements associated with that status.
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 5+ Year BA/MCM program, meet with MCM Program Director Richard Dool, who will help you plan future coursework.
After admission, the MCM program director will advise you about your study plan and options. For your senior year: