Undergraduate communication and journalism and media studies majors may apply for the master of communication and media (M.C.M.) program during the junior or senior year. Benefits of this five-year dual-degree program
If accepted, dual degree
students can enroll in up to four courses (12 credits) in their senior year which
can count for both their undergraduate and M.C.M degree requirements. These
four courses can be 500-level M.C.M. courses. Students
cannot apply more than four courses toward both degrees. These courses must be
taken in the fall or spring semesters only.
undergraduate tuition rates for those M.C.M. courses taken in the senior year.
Once a student's undergraduate
degree requirements are completed, students graduate with their bachelor's
degree and will then be considered graduate students in the M.C.M. program.
The M.C.M. master's degree may
be completed within a few semesters through full-time study or at a slower
pace while working full time. The M.C.M. degree may also be completed in
Applying to the Program
- During the junior year or
early senior year, students apply to the M.C.M. program through Graduate Admissions.
- Be sure to submit all the
materials listed under "Admissions" below through the Graduate
Admissions website, which includes a personal statement, two letters of
recommendation, Graduate Record Exam scores, and Rutgers
transcripts. Learn more about the Graduate Record Exam at https://www.ets.org/gre.
- GRE waivers are available with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 plus five years of full-time work experience or two letters of recommendation from current Rutgers faculty members.
- Apply at any time during the
year. Once all application materials are complete, an application will be
reviewed for acceptance.
- Remember that students can submit an application to the
dual-degree program before completing all required courses. However, before enrolling in M.C.M. classes, students must have completed all requirements and some electives towards the major.
- The M.C.M. program is selective
in accepting students. To enhance the chances of being accepted, ask
for letters of recommendation from professors in the school.
- Students will be advised by
the M.C.M. director about their progress in the M.C.M. program.
- Communication students cannot enroll in any
M.C.M. courses until completing 04:192:300 Communication Research.
- Once eligible to enroll in
graduate classes, students may take up to four M.C.M. courses in the
senior year. Up to four M.C.M. courses will double-count in satisfying
upper-division (300/400 level) major elective requirements and
- Students cannot enroll in any
M.C.M. elective that is cross-listed with a Ph.D. course.
- Students cannot enroll in the
M.C.M. Communication Research (17:194:514), ePortfolio (17:194:508) or
Capstone (17:194:519) courses in the senior year.
Important Differences Between Graduate and Undergraduate
- Master's-level work is
graduate work. This means that students will be learning in ways that
are different from undergraduate work. Students will be asked to do more
reading than in typical undergraduate courses; read faster; and come ready
for thorough discussions of the readings in class. There will be advanced
study of theory and reading of original research pieces.
- Classes will include working
professionals as well as master's-level students who are a year or two
ahead. M.C.M. students come from around the region, the country, and outside
the United States. An important benefit of the program is exposure
to the real-life working examples and experiences of the other students.
- Master's-level courses
require students to apply learning and develop points of view above and
beyond that of typical undergraduate coursework. There will be few, if
any, exams; students will be assessed on participation in class
discussions, short papers, presentations, and lengthier project
- Students will be invited to
participate in academic events and presentations as part of the learning
- Students will be a part of
Graduate Student Association and invited to
social events, networking events, and presentations.
- Graduate courses usually meet
once per week. It is essential for students to attend every class meeting.
- Participation in discussion
is a very important part of learning and is usually assessed in graduate
courses as a major portion of a grade.
- Classes do meet during finals
week for presentations and other activities.
- Graduate courses can stretch
students in new ways. Students
should expect to be challenged.
Grading in the Dual-Degree Program
- Grades that can be awarded
for graduate courses are: A, B+, B, C+, C, F; or pass/no credit in some designated
experiences. There is no D in the
graduate grading rubric.
- Grades in graduate school are
very different than in undergraduate programs in the sense that most graduate
students earn A's and B's in their coursework. A C+ or C grade is considered
a "red flag" and can result in probation.
- The standards for achieving
an A or a B in a graduate course, even as a dual-degree student, are
likely to be slightly more demanding than for an undergraduate course.
- Grades earned in the dual-degree program are factored into a student's GPA the same as undergraduate
- Graduate students focus more
on the learning than on the points and grades. A transition into graduate
work means it is important to start thinking in these terms. How can the
material be mastered? How can more useful insight into the topic/readings
be gained? What can be done to enhance the ability to apply the theory and
research being read? These are important questions and should dominate a
student's thinking in terms of the evaluation of performance in the class.
Substituting Undergraduate Major Courses for M.C.M. Courses of the
Up to four M.C.M. courses can
be taken once students are admitted to the M.C.M. program. However, the
content of a master's-level course will be more advanced than the
undergraduate course with the same name at the 300 or 400 level. It may be
beneficial to have an introduction to course material at the 300 or 400
level and then take the M.C.M. course covering the same topic.
- Once admitted to the M.C.M.
program, students should visit with the M.C.M. director to seek advice about
courses to take that may complement a student's background.
- It is not wise to plan junior
year courses around the assumption that admission to the M.C.M. program is
imminent. Students should move through junior year completing all major
requirements. Then, if admitted to the M.C.M. program, students can plan
- M.C.M. program director Dr. Richard Dool is
the first point of contact for questions.
- An undergraduate adviser can provide the best advice about completing undergraduate degree