Rutgers Journalism and Media Studies majors can apply for the Master’s in Communication and Media program in their junior or senior year as part of the dual-degree BA/MCM program option.
If you want to enter the dual-degree program:
By the end of junior year, you will have completed your six required courses and one upper-level elective for the JMS major. You do not have to complete these before applying to the dual-degree program.
During your junior year or early senior year, apply to the MCM program through Graduate Admissions. Your application will be reviewed once you submit all application materials and your application is considered complete.
The MCM program is selective in accepting students. To enhance the chances of being accepted, ask for letters of recommendation from professors in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies or other Rutgers faculty who know your work.
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. You will receive special permission numbers from the Office of Student Services to register for the courses.
|If you Plan to Finish Your Undergraduate Coursework in:||Then, Apply For:|
|January 2023||Spring 2023|
|May 2023||Summer or Fall 2023|
|August 2023||Fall 2023|
|January 2024||Spring 2024|
|May 2024||Summer or Fall 2024|
|August 2024||Fall 2024|
|January 2025||Spring 2025|
|May 2025||Summer or Fall 2025|
|August 2025||Fall 2025|
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 MCM program, meet with MCM Program Director Richard Dool, who will help you plan future coursework.
After admission, the MCM director will advise you about your study plan and options.
For your senior year:
For questions regarding dual-degree BA and MCM, reach out to MCM Program Director Richard Dool. You can also discuss the dual-degree program with Graduate Student Counselor Alli Machiaverna. Undergraduate advisors in the Office of Student Services can provide the best advice about completing your undergraduate degree requirements.