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?
Hello and welcome to DeBlogs! I'm Anna Hanson, and I am currently a senior in the Honor's Program double majoring in Communication Studies and Spanish. Yes, I know, that was a lot of words. When I first came to DePaul, like many incoming freshmen, I was not sure about what I wanted to study. However, I discovered what I am passionate about through my coursework and experiences at DePaul. I am now thrilled to be working as the Social Media Coordinator intern for DePaul's Office of Undergraduate Admission.
I came all the way from Boulder, Colorado to attend DePaul. I didn't know a single person at the university, let alone in the Midwestern United States. Like many new college students, I was nervous for college. (It's okay, you can admit it, starting college is nerve-wracking!) So, what did I do?
Like any other teenage human with an internet connection, I went on Facebook.
I joined my class page and began to talk with other future DePaul students. Today, I now monitor the DePaul class groups on Facebook. You can join the Official Class of 2019 group and begin connecting with your future classmates today. I'll see you there! go.depaul.edu/Classof2019
You can start exploring DePaul before you even arrive on campus.