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Accelerated BA/MA Program in Communication

This program allows outstanding undergraduates to begin the coursework for the Master of Arts in Communication during their senior year. Students interested in the ABM program should talk with their advisor as early in their studies as possible and apply before they have completed 90 credit hours. Working with the undergraduate and graduate academic coordinators, undergraduates selected into this program begin a carefully tailored course of study which will allow them to complete their B.A. degree while they also begin the coursework toward their M.A. Up to 9 hours of graduate course work may be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate programs. To apply, students should have a minimum 3.25 grade point average, and must submit a copy of their transcript and two reference letters from Department of Communication faculty to the Department chair. Each applicant will complete an interview with the undergraduate and graduate studies coordinator.

How to Apply:

Once the student has discussed the ABM option with their advisor, here are the application steps:

1. Student fills out Department's online application (link). To be considered for a graduate assistantship in their last year as a Master's student, ABM students must also complete all parts of the standard departmental application (link) for graduate admission by the priority deadline. However, funding priority will go to applicants who are not enrolled in the ABM program.

2. After the application is submitted, the student asks their faculty recommenders to send their letters to the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS).

3. The applicant will then meet with the DGS and the Undergraduate Coordinator (UG) for an interview.

4. The DGS and UG will make a recommendation to the Graduate Committee to approve or disapprove the ABM application, based on the student's GPA, letters of recommendation, and interview.

5. If the application is approved, the student will meet with their advisor, the DGS, and the UG Coordinators to create a graduation plan for their last two semesters. This plan will include up to twelve graduate credits that will then count toward both the BA and MA degrees.

6. After this plan is finalized, the DGS will send to the college graduation analyst the student's Combination Senior Form and Accelerated BA/MA Form.

7. The college graduation analyst will verify that the student is within two semesters of graduating with their BA and notify the graduate school of their Combination Senior and ABM status.

8. Before beginning the MA program, the student must formally apply to the UofM graduate school.