Linked B.A. - M.A. Degree in Media & Information Studies

This Bachelor's-Master's (BA-MA) Linked program allows undergraduate students pursing 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(TISM), 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.

The TISM department welcomes applications from undergraduate Media and Information students, who are in the process of completing at least 86 credits during the academic semester in which they apply to the BA-MA Linked program. Applications must be submitted prior to the final semester as a Media and Information undergraduate student. Admission to the program requires a minimum undergraduate Grade-Point Average (GPA) of 3.50, a Statement of Goals for the Master's degree, Graduate Record Examination scores, at least two letters of recommendation from faculty in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, and an approved program of study for the master's degree at the time of admission.

To be admitted to the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Concentration, applicants must have already completed CAS204, TC331, TC349, and TC359 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 must have already completed TC300, TC355, TC361, and TC452.

The number of Media and Information majors admitted into the linked 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.

Application Process

To apply to the MA linked program, just fill out the online application form. Then, send by postal mail the following information:

  • Your Statement of Goals (please indicate that you are applying for the BA-MA Linked program)
  • Your Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
  • Three personal references, 2 of which must be from TISM Faculty
  • Your university transcripts
  • A $50 application fee, and
  • For international students: your scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

The above information should be mailed to:

Attn: Rachel Iseler
Academic Programs Coordinator
Room 425, Com Arts Building
404 Wilson Road,East Lansing
Michigan, USA, 48824-1212

As soon as we receive your online application form, we will email you your student number so that you can check the status of your file online. For more information please view our admissions page.

You can enter the MA program in either the Fall Semester, with classes starting in late August, or the Spring Semester, with classes starting in early January.

The final deadline for all application materials is April 1 to be considered for Fall Semester admission, and October 1 to be considered for Spring Semester admission.

Questions? Contact Us

Dr. Constantinos K. Coursaris
Director of Graduate Studies
Room 414, Com Arts Building
404 Wilson Road
East Lansing, MI 48824-1212
Tel: 517-353-3122
Fax: 517.355.1292
Email: coursari@msu.edu

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

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