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.
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 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.
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.