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Why Wait? - DePaul's Combined BA/MA Program

Why wait?

That’s the question I kept asking myself while looking at my plans for after graduation. I knew that I wanted to pursue my master’s degree in communication, but when? Fortunately, DePaul’s combined Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts (BA/MA) programs allows students to earn both a BA and an MA in an accelerated period of time. So, instead of graduating from DePaul, working for a while, and then coming back to get my master’s degree, I could complete both my undergraduate and graduate degrees at within 5 years.

How does it work? Well, when a student is accepted to a 5-year BA/MA program, he or she will take 3 graduate courses during their senior year. Here’s the cool part: those 3 graduate courses count for BOTH undergraduate and graduate credits, but are included in the undergraduate tuition price! Oh, and one more perk – students returning to DePaul for their graduate degree receive 25% off of their master’s degree tuition with our Double Demon Discount.

I applied to the 5-year combined BA/MA program in Relational Communication (yes, it’s a mouthful!) in the spring of my junior year at DePaul. Two weeks later, I received that glorious letter with the word “Congratulations” in the first line. Summer flew by, and it was time to start my senior year.

I’ll admit, I was terribly nervous. My first graduate-level course? As a senior? Yikes.

But, I have to tell you, it was awesome.

 I just completed by first graduate course: Foundations in Communication Studies with Dr. Lexa Murphy (pictured.) While it was a challenging course, it was the first time I could delve into specific communication topics. During the class, I chose to research topic of deception. So, look out, now I’m better at spotting liars.​

Me and Dr. Murphy after my final presentation on Deception Detection

I’ll be graduating with a double major in Communication Studies and Spanish this June, 2015. And the next June? I’ll have my Master’s in Relational Communication. Crazy!

Are you thinking about getting your graduate degree at DePaul? Check out the combined Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts (BA/MA) programs.

Because, well, why wait?​​