BA/MA Dual Degree

The Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Sciences offers a professionalized dual degree program for BA Film students aspiring for advanced honors-level and MA thesis production. This program is designed to take a total of 5 years (including a student’s Freshman and Sophomore years), at the end of which, a student will receive BOTH a BA in Film and Media and an MA in Communication with a concentration in Film and Video Production. The dual degree program is ideal for students who are currently sophomores or juniors and want to use their senior year as a segue into graduate work: the senior year would involve advanced coursework that one would usually take in the first year of the MA program, and then the first (and only) year of the MA program would involve only advanced coursework and the thesis film.

Acceptance into the dual degree program provides participating bachelor’s students with opportunities distinct from their peers, including the following:

1) an advisement program designed specifically for dual degree students;
2) priority approval to take designated graduate-level production courses as an undergraduate;
3) production of a required thesis project in lieu of the Senior Capstone Course; and
4) extended faculty-led research and other experiences.

Students who plan to apply for the dual degree program should indicate their intent to their assigned academic advisor as early as possible in their undergraduate studies. To be considered for this opportunity, students must have completed 45 hours of undergraduate work and have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher. Additionally, they should already have completed their Area F Film courses with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, qualifying them to take upper-level Film courses as a major.

Students with credit for the FILM major from institutions other than Georgia State University may apply to the program, but must have completed with a grade of “B” or better FILM 4120 (Production I) at Georgia State University prior to application.

If determined to be qualified by typical admission measures of the College of Arts and Sciences, dual degree students can begin taking coursework toward the designated master’s degree program while still completing their final year of bachelor’s work.

Acceptance into the dual degree program does not constitute admission to the graduate degree program.
Application and admission to the graduate program occurs in the senior year and is contingent upon:

1) successful completion of the bachelor’s degree,
2) maintaining the required program grade-point average,
3) performance in the graduate-level courses taken during the bachelor’s degree, and
4) meeting the other admission requirements of the specific program.

During the student’s senior year, if these requirements have been met, the student will submit an application to the Department of Communication graduate program, in order to begin taking graduate coursework in the following fall semester. That application will be due in early February, and GRE scores are one of the application’s requirements. The program’s graduate coordinator can answer questions about the process of applying to the graduate program in order to complete the graduate portion of the dual degree coursework.

Students seeking to apply to enter the dual undergraduate/graduate degree program should carefully review the specific program requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog. Those eligible to apply should first download and complete the Dual Degree Application, and then make an appointment to meet with the college’s dual degree advisor, Eric Brown, in the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Academic Assistance (Suite 418 Langdale Hall) to submit the application. The deadline for submitting applications for Fall 2016 is March 15, 2016 (although earlier submission is encouraged).

The college will share the application with the Department of Communication and will make a dual degree program admission decision within two to four weeks of the application deadline and department review of the applicant’s materials.

Students accepted into dual undergraduate/graduate programs use the Graduate Course Plan Approval Form each term to gain approval for taking courses during their senior year (or earlier for specific programs). Undergraduate students should complete the course plan section of the form each term that they will be taking graduate courses in consultation with the dual degree graduate coordinator in the department and then with the college dual degree advisor, Eric Brown in the Office of Academic Assistance for final approval.
For additional information about the program, please speak with the college dual degree advisor, Eric Brown, in the Arts and Sciences Office of Academic Assistance.