Students currently enrolled in the BA or BS in Communication program may be admitted directly into the MS in Communication program and share up to 20 credits of graduate level credit with the BA/BS and MS in Communication. Students benefit from paying undergraduate tuition for those first 20 credits and can complete both degrees in 4 + 1 years. 

Students can apply for the Bachelors plus Masters in spring of their junior year to be eligible to take 500-level courses in their senior year. The Bachelors plus Masters program must begin in fall of their final year as an undergraduate with enrollment in Comm 521. For more information on applications or the Bachelors plus Masters program, email

Admissions Criteria

Communication majors may apply for admission to the Bachelors plus Masters program provided the following conditions have been met: 

-Completed all core Communication undergraduate courses: Comm 300, Comm 311, Comm 316, and Comm 326 with an average GPA of 3.5 or higher

-On track to complete at least 135 undergraduate credits towards the Bachelors degree before the fall term in which the student wishes to begin the Bachelors plus MS program. 

-A GPA of 3.5 or above is required for all communication classes taken prior to entry into the MS program, along with a PSU institutional GPA of 3.3.

Continuing Requirements

Once in the program, 4 + 1 degree students must remain in accordance with the following:

-All courses numbered 500 and above must receive a grade of B or better.

-All undergraduate classes must receive a grade of C or better.  

-Maintain a 3.3 or higher PSU institutional GPA.

-Achieve a 3.0 or higher GPA each academic term after admission to the Bachelors plus Masters

-Resolve any incomplete courses within 1 term.

-Secure a graduate advisor before completing undergraduate requirements.

4 + 1 Degree in Communication