Exceptional Communication majors interested in obtaining a Master of Arts in Communication in conjunction with their Bachelor of Arts can earn both degrees in an accelerated timeframe through the combined BA/MA program. This program allows qualified undergraduate majors to take graduate level courses during their senior year and complete remaining requirements for the master’s degree during a fifth year of study. Graduate courses taken during the senior year count toward both undergraduate degree requirements as well the course requirements for the graduate program. With completion of all undergraduate requirements, students are awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree at the end of their fourth year of study and then continue in the graduate program.


Near the completion of their Junior year, qualified Communication majors will be informed of the BA/MA program in Communication and invited to apply to the accelerated dual degree program. To be eligible, these students must have:

  • A Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • A GPA in the major of at least 3.2
  • Completed at least 18 credits in Communication by the end of the junior year including:
    • COM 1000 - Surv of Communication Studies
    • COM 1100 - Public Speaking
    • Two (2) COM 2000 theory courses
    • One 3000-level COM course
    • One Advanced Research Course (COM 4001 or COM 4002)

Heidi Rose, PhD
Performance Studies

Administrative Assistants
Loretta Chiaverini
Jarryd Kainz
Garey Hall, room 28


The Waterhouse Family Institute (WFI), housed within the Department of Communication, was established by a generous gift from Lawrence Waterhouse Jr., ’59 A&S, founder of Waterhouse Investor Services, Inc.

The WFI was founded to highlight the centrality of Communication in the creation of social change. Our goal is to serve as the center of an international network of Communication scholars, practitioners, and activists working to create a more just social world.