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. or B.S. in Media and Information at Michigan State University to count a number of their 400-level undergraduate courses (note: conditions apply and are described below) toward the Master’s program in Media and Information (MI). This opportunity allows students to complete the required coursework in just one year, 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.

The number of Media and Information majors admitted into the Linked BA-MA degree program will be limited by availability. Admission to the BA-MA Linked Program allows the application of up to 9 credits toward the Master’s program for qualifying 400-level and above coursework taken at the undergraduate level at Michigan State University or an external, accredited institution. The number of approved credits, not to exceed 9, are applied toward the credit requirement of the Master’s degree. No 400-level courses with a grade lower than 3.0 will count toward the master’s degree. Credits obtained from 400-level Pass/Fail courses and internships will not count toward the MA degree. Credits applied to the BA-MA Linked program cannot be applied to another graduate degree program at Michigan State University.

To be admitted to the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Concentration, applicants are strongly encouraged to have already completed CAS204, MI331, MI349, and MI359 obtaining a grade of at least 3.0 in each of these courses.

To be admitted to the Media and Information Management (MIM) Concentration, applicants are strongly encouraged to have already completed MI300, MI355, MI361, and MI452.

Application Process

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

  • Start date: Please ensure to indicate the final semester of your undergraduate studies in Media and Information as the start date of your Linked BA-MA degree studies.
  • Personal statement: please ensure to indicate that you are applying for the BA-MA Linked program, along with your preferred Concentration (HCI or MIM).
  • 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 middle of your second-to-last semester in your undergraduate studies in Media and Information.

Questions? Contact Us

Dr. Constantinos K. Coursaris
Director of Graduate Studies
Room 414, Com Arts Building
404 Wilson Road
East Lansing, MI 48824-1212
Email: MIGrad@msu.edu
Fax: 517.355.1292

Rachel Iseler
Academic Programs Coordinator
Room 425, Com Arts Building
404 Wilson Road
East Lansing, MI 48824-1212
Tel: 517.432.3676
Fax: 517.355.1292
Email: tcma@msu.edu