5 Year BA/MA in Communication

The five-year BA/MA accelerated program combines the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a Master of Arts in Communication. Students can earn an MA by taking 30 credits of graduate-level coursework, nine of which are taken during the undergraduate senior year.

MA coursework typically takes one extra school year, including one summer or winter session course. Learn more about the MA in Communication.

Admission into the Five-Year BA/MA Program

Students apply for the BA/MA program in their junior year (once they have earned 60-80 credits). Candidates for the five-year BA/MA program will have a strong academic record including:

  1. Completion of at least two of the following:
    • COMM 2001 Perspectives on Communication Studies
    • COMM 3018 Mass Communication
    • COMM 3019 Global Communication
    • COMM 3022 Communication Research
    • COMM 4001 Communication Internship
    • COMM 4005 Literary and Communication Theory
  2. Completion of at least two other COMM courses at the 3000 level.
  3. Maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher.

Application Process

The application process begins with a meeting with Dr. Kate Dunsmore, Director of the MA program, to learn about the program and how it could fit with their goals. This meeting will include an initial review of their academic record.

Students interested in the five-year BA/MA complete an application form which includes listing two references and providing a personal statement about their motivation in pursuing the degree. To get the application form, email Dr. Dunsmore.

Required Course Sequence

Senior Year - Undergraduate (9 Graduate Credits)

The senior undergraduate year of all BA/MA students is a qualifying year. The three listed graduate courses count towards the completion of the B.A. degree. Students must earn a B grade or better in each of the three required classes in order to qualify for the graduate year. Failure to earn B grades or better in each required class means that the student will graduate at the end of the senior year with a BA in Communication Studies, but will not be allowed to continue into the graduate year.

Fall of UG Senior Year

MCOM 6001 Principles and Practices of Communication

Spring of UG Senior Year

MCOM 6005 Group Communication and Leadership

MCOM 6006 Research Methods

Graduate Year (21 credits)

Summer (3 credits)

MCOM 7002 International Communication and Culture, a cultural context course offered at FDU's Wroxton, UK campus. Students typically take the summer course following the completion of their senior undergrad year. Students may also complete 3 credits with a Winter session course.


MCOM context course

Fall (9 credits)

MCOM 6002 Professional Writing and Editing

MCOM 6003 Presentation Methods

MCOM context course

Spring (9 credits)

MCOM 6004 Executive Lectures

MCOM 6099 The Capstone Experience

MCOM context course

Student walks in Commencement Exercises at the end of the Spring semester.

This page last updated April 4, 2019, by Gary P. Radford.


Dr. Kate Dunsmore
MA Program Director
Tel: 973-443-8460

Department of Communication Studies
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Ave - M-ZN2-02
Madison, NJ 07940

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