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
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.
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?