Accelerated

Jump start your graduate education

The Master of Arts in Communication program deepens your understanding of communication processes and your skills in facilitating effective communication among other people. The department of communication at Missouri State offers undergraduate communication students the opportunity to begin taking graduate classes during their senior year, allowing you to receive an undergraduate and graduate degree in communication in five years.

Accelerated Master's Degree option

Eligible undergraduate majors in the School of Communication Studies may apply for early admission to the Master of Arts in Communication during the second semester of their junior year.  Once accepted for early admission, students will be able to take up to 10 credit hours at the 600-700 level that apply to both their undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  Students MUST enroll in COM 701 during the fall semester of their senior year as part of the accelerated program.  Before enrolling in courses to be counted for both undergraduate and graduate credit, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated master’s program AND receive prior approval from the Director of Graduate Studies, the Department Head, and the Dean of the Graduate College (on a Mixed Credit Form).

Admission requirements for the Accelerated Master’s option

  1. Junior standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.25.
  2. Major in the School of Communication Studies or the equivalent, having completed 15 hours in the major department, including at least six hours at the 300-level or above, with a GPA in the major of 3.50 or better.
  3. A letter of recommendation by a graduate faculty member in the School of Communication Studies or an equivalent department at another institution.
  4. A personal statement of no more than 2 pages addressing the applicant's qualifications for the Accelerated program and the role the program plays in the applicant's personal and professional goals.
  5. A sample of academic writing of no less than 3 pages.
  6. Admission by the Graduate Faculty in the Department of Communication. 
  7. Submission of GRE or MAT scores prior to the beginning of the second semester of course work.  For information on these tests, please see the "Admission to Graduate Study" section of the Missouri State University Graduate Catalog.

 Date for first consideration for applications: February 1.

Application procedures

To successfully complete your application for the accelerated master’s program, please follow the steps outlined below. Completed applications must be submitted no later than February 1 to Craig Hall 375 for fall admission.

  1. Submit a letter of application to the director of graduate studies in the department of communication.
  2. Submit one letter of recommendation from a faculty member within the department of communication.
  3. Apply to the Graduate College indicating that your application is for admission into an accelerated master’s program for the semester after you graduate with your bachelor’s degree.

Once you have gained admission into the accelerated master’s program, you must complete a mixed credit form prior to registering for courses that will satisfy both undergraduate and graduate requirements. Please note that mixed credit registration must be completed in person at the Registration Center, Carrington 320.

If you arrive at Missouri State with 18 hours of pre-college credit, you may be able to complete your undergraduate and master’s degree in communication in four years through the accelerated master’s option.

Application for admission into the accelerated master’s option is open to all majors within the School of Communication Studies, including the four undergraduate communication programs and their respective tracks. The School of Communication Studies includes both the department of communication and the department of media, journalism and film. In addition to being in an approved program, you must meet the other specified academic requirements to be eligible for acceptance into the accelerated master’s option.

“ The accelerated master’s program in communication allowed me to achieve more marketable skills in a shorter amount of time.”
–Peg Walton