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Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degree

SOC Erica Goldfine alumna

I am so glad I completed my SOC BA and MA because it
gave me the ability to seek out and obtain the most
creative and exciting jobs in the communication field.
My time at AU SOC gave me the opportunity to think in
new and creative ways, which fed directly into my
career. I use the skills and tactics I learned in the
classroom almost every day and I'm so grateful for my
bachelor's and master's - I'm proud to be an AU alum.

Erica F. Goldfine, MA '11

Combined BA/MA Degrees Include:

Current American University undergraduate students must apply for admission to a combined B.A./M.A. program in SOC during the second semester of their junior year (after completing 75 credits, but before they have completed 90 credits). Students in any undergraduate major at AU are eligible for consideration; an undergraduate degree in communication is not required.

Degrees include:

Admission requirements:

  • cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.50
  • a completed application form
  • two written faculty recommendations
  • a 1,000-word admissions essay highlighting the student's interests and abilities in the field of communication
  • resume

As part of the application process, students are highly encouraged to arrange an interview with the Division or Program Director of their M.A. program of interest. Please note that with the exception of the BA/MA program in Political Communication, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is NOT required for admission to a combined master’s degree program. Students applying to the combined BA/MA in Political Communication must submit GRE scores prior to the start of the graduate program. Applicants to any BA/MA program who wish to be considered for a merit award, however, must submit GRE scores. An application fee is not required.

Students are admitted formally to the M.A. program only after all undergraduate requirements have been met. If admitted, candidates may use up to six approved credit hours at the 500 level or above to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree program requirements. The B.A./M.A. program requires continuous enrollment, for most programs a fall start is required; students admitted to the program may not defer enrollment.

For more information on approved graduate coursework and pre-admissions advising, please contact the SOC Graduate Office at 202-885-2040.

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