May 29, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2023 - 2024 
Graduate Catalog 2023 - 2024

Communication, Accelerated 4+1 BA/MACTM

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This accelerated program enables students to earn both a Bachelor’s in Communication and a Master’s degree in Applied Communication Theory and Methodology in 5 years. The program allows a School of Communication student to take up to 12 credit hours of designated COM graduate courses and count these courses both toward the Bachelor’s and the Master’s degrees in COM. Students must apply during their third (junior) year of undergraduate study and, if accepted, start COM graduate coursework during their fourth (senior) year. Students may then complete all remaining COM graduate coursework in one year of full-time graduate study.

Admission to Program

A student is eligible to apply for the accelerated program if the following conditions are satisfied:

The student has been accepted as a COM major and:

  • The student has completed at least 60 credit hours (at least 15 hours in COM and at least 30 credit hours earned at CSU);
  • The student has at least junior standing at CSU; and
  • The student has a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or better and a minimum average of 3.25 in COM courses.

Admission to the Accelerated 4+1 COM program does not require completion of GRE or equivalent tests.

To apply students must submit the following:

  • A completed Application form
  • A statement of intent describing why and how the Strategic Communication program will enhance the student’s scholarly and career goals.
  • Two references from current or former CSU School of Communication faculty

For more information about the program, please consult the COM department (216-687-6430) or go to the department website at

Students who are accepted for an accelerated 4+1 program may apply or transfer a maximum of 12 graduate credit hours taken while an undergraduate. No additional graduate credit hours taken as an undergraduate may be applied or transferred to the graduate record.

Program Requirements

See the Applied Communication Theory and Methodology, MACTM  page.

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