2017-2018 Graduate Catalog


Combined Bachelor's/Master's Program

This program allows outstanding strategic communication students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years. Students may apply for admission to the Master of Science in Strategic Communication program during the semester they complete 75 hours of undergraduate coursework.

To be considered for admission, students must submit a graduate application.  The application process is competitive, and only students with outstanding undergraduate performance and strong letters of recommendation will be considered. Students who are admitted complete up to 12 semester hours in the strategic communication graduate program during the last year of undergraduate study. Those 12 hours may fulfill elective requirements for the undergraduate strategic communication major. Once the student fulfills all graduation requirements for the undergraduate degree, he or she earns the baccalaureate degree in strategic communication.

During the summer before her or his fifth year, the student should plan to complete 6 hours of strategic communication graduate courses. In the fifth year, the student then completes the remaining 18 semester hours toward the strategic communication master’s degree. Students intending to pursue the combined bachelor’s/master’s program should make their plans known as early as possible to faculty members in the Department of Strategic Communication to ensure proper advising.