Nido R. Qubein School of Communication

B.A. to M.A. Program Application

B.A. to M.A. Program Application

The BA to MA program in Strategic Communication is a selective and demanding option that allows students pursuing an undergraduate degree at High Point University to complete an undergraduate degree in any major and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Communication within a five-year time frame. Students can complete an undergraduate major, apply for admission into the MA program in their junior year, begin taking graduate-level courses in their senior year, and complete their MA in their 5th year.

The MA degree program at the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication is 35-credit sequence of 10 courses, a four-credit capstone project, and one credit practicum focused on developing an important professional skill. For students in the BA to MA program, up to three of the MA level courses (9 credits) taken during a student’s senior year of the BA can be counted toward the requirements of both the BA and the MA degrees. The remaining 26 credits are taken in the year following the completion of the BA degree.

Students interested in the BA to MA program should meet with Dr. Virginia McDermott (, Associate Dean of the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, by the beginning of their junior year. Students must apply to and be formally admitted to the program, which will normally take place in the spring of their junior year. Students apply directly to the Norcross Graduate School and NRQSC faculty review all applications. Students will be contacted within two-weeks of submitting a completed application.

Here are the materials required for the application:

  1. APPLICATION: Complete the online application. When starting your application, be sure to indicate your entering term (the semester you are no longer an undergraduate student) as the semester after graduation. For most BA to MA students, this will be the summer term after you graduate.
  2. TRANSCRIPTS: You will be asked to provide official transcripts from High Point University. Your transcript must have a 3.0 GPA. If it does not, you must provide a statement indicating that your GPA will exceed a 3.0 at the end of the semester in which you are applying. (Students with GPAs below 3.0 might be offered conditional admittance contingent on their GPA meeting the 3.0 minimum before enrolling in a graduate class).
  3. THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: The application system will prompt you to list three people to write recommendations.  You should ask three HPU professors to complete the form and write a letter of recommendation prior to entering their names in the system. The professors will receive a link and can complete an evaluation and upload a letter.
  4. PERSONAL STATEMENT: In an approximately 500-750 word essay, please respond to these three questions: (a) Why are you interested in a MA in strategic communication? (b) What has been your biggest academic challenge and how to you manage it? (c) How will you manage your time and commitments to ensure your success in graduate school?
  5. A RESUME. Provide a professional resume that includes all your work experiences, internships, volunteer activities, and university activities.
  6. PAYMENT. There is no application for current HPU students.
  7. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: The deadline for all materials to be submitted, including recommendations, is March 15 in the spring or November 15 in the fall. Applications can be submitted early and will be evaluated as they are completed.

If you have any questions about the application process please email Dr. Virginia McDermott at We look forward to receiving your application for admission.



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