Linked B.A. – M.A. Degree in Media & Information

This Bachelor’s-Master’s (BA-MA) Linked program allows undergraduate students currently pursuing a B.A. in Media and Information at Michigan State University to apply up to 9 credits from their MSU undergraduate program (note: conditions apply and are described below) toward the Master’s program in Media and Information (MI). Students are admitted into the Linked BA-MA program while they are still working towards the fulfillment of their undergraduate degree requirements (i.e., they are dual-enrolled).

This opportunity allows students to complete the required coursework in just 12 months, and results in significant cost savings in both direct (e.g., tuition fees) and indirect (e.g., housing) expenses during their studies. In addition, and given the two requirements of (i) a higher minimum GPA (see further below), and (ii) two of the three letters of recommendation coming from faculty in the Department of Media and Information, the GRE test requirement is waived for Linked BA-MA program applicants.

In addition, students who are under-enrolled in the final semester of their undergraduate studies can take additional credits and have them count towards the graduate degree program only; course credit fees will be assessed at the graduate tuition rate.

Note: Admitted international students, who have never taken MSU’s English Language Test (ELT), will be required to take this test before they can enroll in graduate degree coursework. Depending on test scores (i.e., overall score and sub-scores in Reading/Writing/Speaking/Listening), English as a Second Language (ESL) courses may be required before enrolling in degree coursework.

Eligibility of courses to be shared between the BS/BA and MA programs (i.e., ‘double-count’)

An MI 400-level course can ‘double-count’ if

  • It is taken after the student has been admitted to the the BA-MA Linked Program (i.e., you cannot use courses already completed in earlier semesters).
    • For example: If you plan on taking MI 462 in Fall Semester 2019 and wish to use that course to share 3-credits from the 30 required credits of the MA degree, then your Linked BA-MA program will begin no later than Fall 2019 and you must apply to the Linked BA-MA program before the start of Fall 2019.
  • A grade of 3.0 or higher has been earned.
    • Note: Internships and courses with a Pass/Fail evaluation cannot ‘double-count’.
  • It is not applied to another graduate degree program at MSU.
  • The total number of approved credits to be shared between the two programs does not exceed 9.

Application Process

To apply to the Linked BA-MA degree program, please follow the general application requirements outlined here, noting the following exceptions:

  • Academic statement: please ensure to indicate the anticipated final semester of your undergraduate studies in Media and Information. Also, indicate which semester you wish to begin your Linked BA-MA degree studies; this can be any semester after you have earned 87 credits or more.
  • Personal statement: please ensure to indicate that you are applying for the BA-MA Linked program, along with your preferred focus area (one of the following four options): (i) User Experience; (ii) Games, Film, and Transmedia Production; (iii) Management; (iv) Policy & Society.
  • Dual Enrollment form: Complete the form (see below) indicating which courses you plan on having ‘double-count’.
  • Letters of recommendation: At least 2 of the 3 must be submitted by MI Faculty.
  • GPA: A minimum 3.5 is required.
  • Transcripts: You do not need to submit your university transcripts, as the Department will request them from MSU’s Office of the Registrar directly on your behalf.
  • Application deadline: You must apply prior to the start of your final semester of your undergraduate studies in Media and Information, and be in the process of completing at least 86 credits. Hence, it is recommended you apply by the end of your Junior year of your undergraduate studies in Media and Information.

Request for Dual Enrollment Status

Fill out this form and upload it as Additional Documents during your online application.

Questions? Contact Us

Dr. Ruth Shillair
Director of Graduate Studies
Room 404, Communication Arts & Sciences building
404 Wilson RoadEast Lansing, MI 48824-1212
Phone: 517.432.8004
Fax: 517.355.1292

Jessica Leadbetter
Academic Programs Coordinator
Room 425, Communication Arts & Sciences building
404 Wilson RoadEast Lansing, MI 48824-1212
Phone: 517.432.3676
Fax: 517.355.1292