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.
When you apply for the Dual Degree BA/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.
|If you Plan to Finish Your Undergraduate Coursework in:||Then, Apply For:|
|May 2020||Summer or Fall 2020|
|Summer 2020||Fall 2020|
|December 2020||Spring 2021|
|May 2021||Summer or Fall 2021|
|Summer 2021||Fall 2021|
|December 2021||Spring 2022|
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.