Accelerated BA to MA in Media and Communication Program Policy

Undergraduate students working toward a Bachelor’s degree in the Departments of Communication, Media Production & Studies, or Journalism & Public Relations may also begin work on a Master’s degree in Media & Communication; these students may enroll in the Accelerated Bachelor and Master program if they meet all of the necessary application requirements. Those students who meet the requirements earn Pre-Master’s status as an undergraduate student, and can enroll in graduate courses in the School of Media & Communication. Once they graduate with the Bachelor’s degree, students will be granted full graduate student status. Students who choose this program will be eligible for the generalist option of the School’s MA degree program. Overall, the accelerated program allows for students to complete both degrees, normally within five years.

Admissions Requirements

1. By the start of Pre-Master’s status, they must have 90 credit hours earned and an overall BGSU GPA of at least 3.0
2. A completed Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program Application.
3.Transcripts from the registration and records office at BGSU.
4. At least two letters of recommendation from a full-time BGSU faculty member; preferably from graduate faculty within the student’s undergraduate program or targeted graduate program.
5. A personal essay that explains the students academic interests, and how those interests match to faculty and areas of emphasis in the School of Media & Communication.

Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Graduate College Policies

Student Status Once accepted into an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program, the student remains coded as an undergraduate student with Pre-Master’s status and officially becomes coded as a graduate student once the student has earned the bachelor’s degree.  The student’s coding as an undergraduate or graduate student is associated with other BGSU policies pertaining to degree status.

Credit hour policies The following policies apply to students in all Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s programs.

  1. After being accepted into an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program, students may take up to 12 credit hours of graduate credit while maintaining undergraduate status.
  2. Subject to program approval, students may apply a maximum of 12 credit hours to both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.  However, the ability to apply credit hours to both the undergraduate and graduate degree is influenced by each program’s minimum credit hour requirements (see policy #3).
  3. At the end of both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, a student must have a minimum of 150 discrete semester credit hours (120 + 30 = 150 state of Ohio regulated minimum credits).
  4. Pre-Master’s students may enroll in 5000 and 6000 level graduate classes (not 7000).
  5. All graduate policies pertaining to graduate credit hours, time to degree, and other regulations are also applicable to Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program students.

Tuition Students enrolled in Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s programs with Pre-Master’s status will pay tuition at the undergraduate rate through the completion of the bachelor’s degree.  Thereafter, students will be coded as graduate students and pay the graduate rate for tuition and fees.  

Financial Aid Students will be eligible for financial aid based on their BGSU student status as either an undergraduate or graduate student.  During a student’s Pre-Master’s status, they remain coded as undergraduate students and may be eligible for financial aid but not graduate assistantships. Once students become regularly admitted graduate students with full graduate student status, they may be eligible for graduate-level financial assistance, including graduate assistantships with stipends and/or graduate tuition scholarships.

Program Withdrawal A student admitted to an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program with a Pre-Master’s status may withdraw from the program and continue as a traditional undergraduate student toward the completion of the bachelor’s degree.

Program Dismissal Students who fail to maintain minimum requirements for adequate academic graduate standing will lose Pre-Master’s status, and as a result will be unable to continue taking graduate level courses. Under these conditions, if adequate standing is maintained for their undergraduate program, the student may continue in the bachelor’s degree program.

                                            Accelerated Bachelor and Master of Arts in Media and Communication  

Students enrolled in the accelerated program should follow the following course schedule for planning graduate work that begins while still enrolled as an undergraduate student, followed by the courses taken when fully enrolled as a graduate student in the School’s MA program.  Overall, the program should include 4 years undergraduate + 1 year graduate. Students who choose the thesis option to complete their MA degree should expect their program to take an additional year.

Students who complete 12 credit hours during the Pre-Master’s status could complete the degree program with course work in the Fall and Spring semesters. Students who complete 9 credit hours during Pre-Master’s status could complete the program with course work in Fall and Spring, with one class in the Summer. For those who complete 6 credit hours during Pre-Master’s status, the program could be completed with courses in Fall and Spring, and two courses in the Summer.

Part 1: Pre-Master’s status (limited to 12 credit hours maximum):

Undergraduate students should take up to four courses from the list below:

·         MC 5040: Communication & Conflict
·         MC 5050: Mediated Cultures & Identities
·         MC 5080: Intercultural Communication
·         MC 5090: International Communication
·         MC 5610: Audience Research
·         MC 5630: Media Programming
·         MC 5640: Practicum in Interactive Online Media Production
·         MC 5670: Gender, Media & Culture
·         MC 5700 Electronic Surveillance & Privacy
·         MC 5750: Global Journalism
·         MC 6550: Organizational Communication
·         MC 6551: Public Relations Research & Practice
·         MC 6552: Social Media Seminar
·         MC 6553: Advertising Research & Practice

Part 2(a): Master’s Degree Graduate Student Status (if students have completed 12 hours during Pre-Master’s status):

Fall semester:

·        MC 6000: Introduction to Media & Communication
·        MC 6400: Humanistic Research Methods
·        One elective MC course

Spring semester:

·        MC 6300: Social Science Research Methods
·        One elective MC course
·        3 credit hours of one of the following: comprehensive finals, project, thesis.

OR

Part 2 (b): Master’s Degree Graduate Student Status (if students have completed 9 hours during Pre-Master’s status):

Fall semester:

·        MC 6000: Introduction to Media & Communication
·        MC 6400: Humanistic Research Methods
·        One elective MC course

Spring semester:

·        MC 6300: Social Science Research Methods
·        Two elective MC courses

Summer semester:

·        One elective course
·        3 credit hours of one of the following: comprehensive finals, project, thesis.

OR

Part 2 (c): Master’s Degree Graduate Student Status (if students have completed 6 hours during Pre-Master’s status):

Fall semester:

·        MC 6000: Introduction to Media & Communication
·        MC 6400: Humanistic Research Methods
·        One elective MC course

Spring semester:

·        MC 6300: Social Science Research Methods
·        Two elective MC courses

Summer semester:

·        Two elective courses
·        3 credit hours of one of the following: comprehensive finals, project, thesis.