The five-year BA-MA accelerated program combines the Bachelor of Arts in Communication 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.

Admission into the 5-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:

Completion of at least two of the following:

Completion of at least two other COMM courses at the 3000 level.

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.

Degree plan

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 undergraduate senior year

  • MCOM 6001 Principles and Practices of Communication

Spring of undergraduate 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

Students walk in commencement exercises at the end of the spring semester.

Contact Information
Dr. Kate Dunsmore

Course Descriptions