Combined Degree Program (BA | MA)
Applications will open in September 2021 and close January 15, 2022 for current juniors who would like to apply for their senior year. If you have questions or would like to be notified when the application reopens, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefits of graduating with a Combined Degree
The Combined Degree Program allows undergraduates to take graduate level courses toward a master's degree while paying the less expensive undergraduate tuition rate their senior year. Eligible students will then complete the master's degree the following year with fewer credits than typically required for a one-year MA. You will save time and money as you build analytical, critical thinking, and leadership skills you'll use in the workplace.
Graduating from Columbia with both a BA and MA will give you a competitive employment edge, demonstrating to employers your maturity, career preparation, and overall commitment to your career. Having degrees in complementary areas will also showcase a unique combination of skills in a marketplace that increasingly calls for employees who are adept in both right and left brain thinking
Additionally, earning the MA will allow you to expand your professional network before entering the workforce. You will work with new faculty and cohort members with different connections than the people you met during your undergraduate degree. Leveraging this extra time to build your skill set and your network will better position you to begin your career.
How to Apply
- Earn at least 90 credits before your senior year.
- Earn at least 12 credits while in residence at Columbia College.
- Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all classes taken at Columbia College.
- Enter your senior undergraduate year with free elective credit hours in both semesters
Students who apply to the Combined Degree Program will be reviewed by their designated MA program committee for admission. Application does not guarantee admission.
Eligible MA Programs
In the Civic Media program, you create media for social impact. The program focuses on participatory, collective, and community engagement, and equips students with a broad range of media skills so they can stimulate community action and civic engagement.
Entrepreneurship for Creatives
This program prepares students to enter the entrepreneurial sector as you develop your original business idea into a creative venture. You’ll gain entrepreneurial skills to both lead and innovate in the creative industries.
From leadership and project management to development and programming, you'll learn how to design and implement products in the Interaction Design program. In this degree, you will develop a multi-faceted skill set in leadership, interaction design theory, and development.
The Strategic Communication MA will equip you with current, in-demand applied strategic communication skills, providing students with a broad range of communications tools, from public relations to brand management. Our students tackle real communication issues brands, companies, non-profits, government agencies and associations face daily.
A few degree paths Columbia students can follow
- Advertising (BA) major pursuing a Strategic Communications (MA)
- Journalism (BA) major pursuing a Civic Media (MA)
- Game Design (BA) major pursuing an Interaction Design (MA)
- Fine Arts (BA) major pursuing an Entrepreneurship for Creatives (MA)