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Accelerated Degree in Communication (BA/BS + MS)

Earn Your Advanced Degree Sooner

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The accelerated degree program in Communication enables academically qualified students to earn either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and a Master of Science (MS) degree — graduating sooner than they would in traditional programs. The ability to communicate effectively is one of the most sought-after skills by prospective employers. Graduates of the accelerated degree program enter the workforce one year sooner with the benefits of a master’s degree in communication, using the year saved to gain full-time experience and earn a salary in the field.


Incoming freshman and current students are eligible to apply for either the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or the Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS) accelerated degree programs. Students who are already matriculated may apply after completing a minimum of 90 credits but no more than 120 credits. Students who are accepted will take graduate level courses in their fourth and fifth years.


Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication

The BA in Communication degree program requires 180 undergraduate credits and is committed to helping students become broadly educated and professionally competent communicators. Students gain exposure to a variety of media, helping to guide the development of their interpretive and expressive skills. Students may complete the BA in Communication with a concentration in public relations, journalism, or open communication. Independent of their chosen concentration, all students enrolled in the program take a common core of courses that emphasize communication theory and methods, as well as a modern language.

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Communication

The BS in Communication program requires 180 undergraduate credits and offers three different concentrations from which to choose: technical communication, science and health communication, or open communication. All students take a common core of courses that emphasize communication theory and methods, as well as a lab science sequence and a math analysis sequence.

Master of Science in Communication

Drexel University’s Master of Science (MS) in Communication degree provides the skills and insider knowledge to manage communication for any organization, preparing you for exciting, active career opportunities in a number of Communication specialties. The Master of Science in Communication program features three concentrations:

  • Public Communication
  • Technical Communication
  • Science and Health Communication

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Career Options

The ability to communicate clearly and persuasively is an essential skill in nearly any career. Communication major jobs draw on a specialized skill set to devise and implement innovative strategies for conveying messages. From covering breaking news to crafting press releases and editing technical manuscripts, the day-to-day activities in jobs for communications arts graduates vary; however, all positions require skills such as attention to detail, awareness of diverse audiences and viewpoints, and superior command of language or a digital medium.

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Please email Julia May, PhD, director of master's programs in Communication, at for more information.

Prospective Students

Please email or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!