Health Communication (MA), Combined Bachelor's + Master's Degree

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​The combined Bachelor's + Master's degree programs allow students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates. These 12 graduate credit hours will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

DePaul Undergraduate Degree + Health Communication (MA)

The Health Communication (MA) combined degree program is open to all undergraduate majors across the university.  Students who are interested in this program must apply to the Graduate Admission Office in their junior year, and if accepted, can take up to three graduate courses (12 credits) in their senior year. These three courses count towards both the bachelor’s program and the Master of Arts degree. Students will pay the current undergraduate tuition rate for these three courses. Once students earn their Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from DePaul, they matriculate as a graduate student and complete the remaining required courses for their Master of Arts degree. Students should work with their undergraduate advisor to see how the graduate classes will fulfill undergraduate degree requirements. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA (B or better) in each graduate class taken in the senior year in order to continue in the program.

Example Schedule for Students in the Combined Degree Program

Plan of Study Grid
Senior Year
Fall QuarterHours
Take one graduate course 4
Winter Quarter
Take one graduate course 4
Spring Quarter
Take one graduate course (student completes undergraduate degree requirements and matriculates as a graduate student for fall quarter.) 4
Fifth Year
Fall Quarter
Take three courses 12
Winter Quarter
Take three courses 12
Spring Quarter
Take three courses 12

Double Demon Scholarship

Alumni from any of DePaul’s colleges who are admitted into a graduate degree program in the College of Communication automatically qualify for the Double Demon Scholarship. Combined degree program students are eligible.

This scholarship covers 25% of the tuition for a master’s degree in the College of Communication. Both full-time and part-time students are eligible. No scholarship application is required. (DePaul University employees are eligible for other employee tuition benefits through the university, and therefore are not eligible for the Double Demon Scholarship.)​