Combined BA/MA Program

The Combined BA/MA Program in Rhetoric and Communication provides an opportunity for students of recognized academic ability and educational maturity to fulfill integrated requirements of undergraduate and master's degree programs from the beginning of the junior year. The program provides an integrated and focused curriculum in communication that allows the upper-level student exposure to advanced knowledge in theory and substantive areas as well as opportunities for participation in research. Students can apply up to 12 graduate credits in Communication towards their B.A. degree, and apply those same 12 credits towards their M.A. degree.

A carefully designed program can permit you to earn the B.A. and M.A. degrees within ten semesters.

Here are the three criteria that you must meet in order to apply to this program:

  • You must have completed a minimum of 6 credits of undergraduate coursework in the Albany Communication Department
  • You must be at least a junior (with a minimum of 56 credits), but must have earned no more than 100 credits.
  • You need to have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher

If you meet these three requirements and want to apply to the BA/MA program, you need to submit an application to the Office of Graduate Admissions, and arrange for three supportive letters of recommendation from faculty for consideration.

The combined program requires a minimum of 141 credits, of which at least 33 must be graduate credits. Students in the program are considered undergraduate until they complete 120 graduation credits and all other B.A. requirements. Upon meeting B.A. requirements, you will automatically be considered a graduate student.

In qualifying for the B.A., you must meet all University and college requirements, including the requirements of the undergraduate major, the minor requirement, the minimum 90 credit liberal arts and sciences requirement, general education requirements, and residency requirements.

In qualifying for the M.A., you must meet all University and college requirements, as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin, including completion of a minimum of 30 graduate credits and any other conditions such as a research seminar, thesis, comprehensive examination, professional experience, and residency requirements.