If you have any questions about the application process please email Dr. Virginia McDermott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Our MA program in strategic communication focuses on three areas: public relations, health communication, and political communication. The program provides students the skills to design, develop, implement, and evaluate communication campaigns. By communication campaigns, we mean a plan designed to address a problem—a health risk behavior, an image or credibility problem, or any communication issues that exist. Graduates from our program will have the skills to enter into a variety of careers, including careers as communication strategists for organizations, political groups, universities, and non-profits; campaign managers; political consultants; marketing researchers; public relations executives; and any other career that involves analyzing audiences and creating messages.
Students interested in the BA to MA program should meet with Dr. Virginia McDermott (email@example.com), 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 High Point University Graduate School and NRQSC faculty review all applications. Students will be contacted within two-weeks of submitting a completed application.
Current HPU students intending to apply for admission to the Bachelors to Masters program have the option to apply in the Fall or Spring for upcoming undergraduate semester. Students apply to the graduate portion of the program the semester prior to their completion of their undergraduate degree.
Exceptions to any admission requirement may be considered under special circumstances.
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.
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Students in the Strategic Communication Master’s Degree program focus on one of three areas: Health Communication, Public Relations, or Political Communication. In addition to taking core courses in strategic communication, research methods, and communications technology, each student also takes two courses in their focus area.
Choose one course from the following:
Choose two courses from the following:
To satisfy their elective requirements, students may, with the approval of the appropriate program directors and the student’s program of study committee:
What is a BA to MA Program in Strategic Communication?
A BA to MA Program in Strategic Communication is an uninterrupted enrollment plan that leads to both a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communication and a master’s degree in Strategic Communication at High Point University within a total of five years. In a BA to MA Program, a student follows a prescribed BA to MA Program Plan of Study, which requires uninterrupted enrollment and stipulates the courses that must be completed each term: fall and spring of the senior year; and summer, fall and spring immediately following spring completion of requirements for a bachelor’s degree.
How is the bachelor’s degree program affected by participation in the BA to MA Program?
The bachelor’s program works with the BA to MA Program in that undergraduate semester hours are replaced with the graduate semester hours, which are completed during the senior year. These graduate semester hours are included in the undergraduate total that is required for graduation with a bachelor’s degree.
Who is eligible to participate in the BA to MA Program in Strategic Communication?
A participant in the BA to MA Program may be a traditional day student or an Evening Degree student at HPU. Students from a variety of majors can be considered for admission to the BA to MA program.
What is the process to become a participant in the BA to MA Program?
In spring of the junior year, the School of Communication seeks applications from its most academically qualified students who are interested in strategic communication.
What is the admission term for a student in the BA to MA Program?
Fall of the senior year is when a student takes the first course in the BA to MA Program.
Is there an advantage to participating in the BA to MA Program?
The typical two-year minimum time that is required to earn a master’s degree is decreased to one year (12 months) from the date a student receives a bachelor’s degree.
What are some academic and enrollment expectations for a student participating in the BA to MA Program?
Does taking classes in the BA to MA Program give a student graduate admission status?
Taking classes in the BA to MA Program does not equate to graduate admission. A senior taking the classes remains an undergraduate student.
Who selects the students to participate in the BA to MA Program?
The coordinator of the Master’s program in the School of Communication selects the participants.
When do students in the BA to MA Program begin to take classes that, later, may be used toward a master’s degree?
The students take classes in the fall and in the spring of the senior year.
What are the minimum eligibility requirements for participating in the BA to MA Program?
What is the maximum number of hours that can be taken in the senior year of the BA to MA Program and later credited toward a master’s degree?
The maximum number is nine.
What is the minimum number of hours that can be taken in the senior year of the BA to MA Program and later credited toward a master’s degree?
The minimum number is nine.
Do participants in the BA to MA Program have elective freedom in choosing the courses that may, later, be used toward a master’s degree?
Students in the BA to MA Program follow a prescribed plan of study. They must follow a schedule of defined courses in the fall of the senior year, in the spring of the senior year and in the summer, fall and spring immediately after receiving a bachelor’s degree.
What standard is applied to the graduate work of seniors in the BA to MA Program?
The seniors are expected to do graduate quality work in graduate classes. There is no reduction in class requirements, which are evaluated using the graduate grading system: A (4 quality points), B (3 quality points), C (2 quality points, and F (0 quality points). There is no plus (+) or minus (-) grading. Grades of A or B are the only acceptable graduate grades.
How does a student become ineligibility to continue in the BA to MA Program?
A student becomes ineligible to continue in the BA to MA Program for any one of these reasons.
Who monitors a student’s academic performance in a class that, later, may be used toward a master’s degree?
The School of Communication monitors a student’s academic performance. When ineligibility occurs, the coordinator of the graduate program sends a letter of ineligibility to continue in the BA to MA Program to the student with copies to the Registrar and to the Dean of the Graduate School.
Can a student who becomes ineligible to participate in the BA to MA Program apply for regular admission to the same graduate program?
A student who becomes ineligible to participate in the BA to MA Program forfeits the opportunity to apply for regular admission to the same graduate program.
Can a senior voluntarily withdraw from the BA to MA Program?
A senior may withdraw at any time from the BA to MA Program by informing the coordinator of the graduate program in writing. The coordinator of the graduate program sends one copy of the student’s notification of withdrawal to the Registrar and the Dean of the Graduate School. If a senior voluntarily withdraws, this may delay completion of the undergraduate degree.
Can a student who voluntarily withdraws from the BA to MA Program apply for regular admission to the same graduate program?
A student who voluntarily withdraws from the BA to MA Program may apply for regular admission to the graduate program in Strategic Communication; admission is not automatic. The regular admission must occur within one calendar year of the date of withdrawal from the BA to MA Program for the appropriate credits earned in senior year of the BA to MA Program to be accepted toward the master’s degree, which must be received within BA to MA of the date of regular graduate admission.
How does a student receive credit for courses completed in the senior year in the BA to MA Program?
Appropriate work earns graduate credits only when the student completes the prescribed BA to MA Program of Study and files for master’s degree graduation. Prior to filing for master’s degree graduation, the credits are not part of the student’s graduate academic record.