»4 + 1 Integrated Undergraduate/Masters of Health and Strategic Communication

The Health and Strategic Communication Master’s program and the B.A. programs in the Department of Communication Studies offer a 4 + 1 program option for undergraduates that enable students to begin taking M.S. coursework and/or apply upper division undergraduate coursework in their senior year and receive a Master of Science degree within one year of finishing their undergraduate studies. The program is open to all undergraduate majors as long as they have satisfied the prerequisites for the program and meet the admissions requirements. Get a head start on your career with this accelerated program that provides networking and internship opportunities through Wilkinson College. You will have access to opportunities with public health organizations, non-profits, research institutes and more.

Chapman students can apply to the M.S. program as early as the spring semester of their junior year. Students will receive conditional admission to the program, pending completion of their B.A. degree as stipulated in the graduate catalog. If accepted to the M.S. program, students can take up to 12 upper division credits during their senior year as an undergraduate student that can count toward the MS degree. These credits can be used to satisfy both the undergraduate graduation requirements AND count toward the M.S. in Health and Strategic Communication.

For future admission to the 4+1 program, by the end of the fourth (senior) year, the student should have completed 124 credits plus the 12 graduate credits and have at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA, then they will be eligible to complete the master’s degree in one additional year.

+-4+1 Programs from B.A. in Communication Studies or B.A. in Strategic and Corporate Communication

4+1 Programs from B.A. in Communication Studies or B.A. in Strategic and Corporate Communication degrees to the Master of Science in Health and Strategic Communication.

The Master of Science in Health and Strategic Communication graduate program aims to foster an understanding of the behavioral, psychological and social bases of health, and requires students to engage in individual scholarship or team research of an interdisciplinary nature. Health and Strategic Communication is the study and use of communication strategies to inform and influence individual, institutional, community and public audiences about important health issues. Our mission is to help improve policy and decision-making through evidence-based research, analysis, and application.

The Chapman Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies program provides an understanding of the history, processes, and effects of oral, written, and media-channeled discourse to prepare students for careers in such areas as corporate communication, arbitration, industrial/labor relations and all fields entailing private and public advocacy.

The Chapman Bachelor of Arts in Strategic and Corporate Communication program distinguishes itself by providing students the opportunity to complement the communication studies courses with additional, unique expertise in learning how to apply strategic communication messaging techniques in specific types of organizational settings including for-profit, non-profit, and governmental organizations to prepare them for careers in a variety of related professions.

This option is available to students pursuing the B.A. in Communication Studies or the B.A. in Strategic and Corporate Communication:

4+1 B.A. to M.S. Health and Strategic Communication

Students earn two degrees, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies or Strategic and Corporate Communication AND a Master of Science in Health and Strategic Communication, in 5 years (4 years B.A., 1 year M.S.).

 

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

Course of Study
Students must complete at least 48 credits of multidisciplinary coursework.  Listed below are the required and elective courses and a suggested 4-year plan. All courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a "C" or higher.

Required Core Courses: See Course Catalog

Suggested 4-Year Plan

Year                      Fall                        Spring 

Freshman        COM 100                    COM 151
                        COM 101                    COM 210
                        COM 110                    COM 211

Sophomore     COM 312                    COM 314
                        COM 395                    COM 355
                        COM 482                    COM 412

Junior              1 Elective                    1 Elective
                        COM 410                    COM 480
                        COM 450                    COM 485
                        COM 485                    COM 440

Senior             1 Elective                    1 Elective
                        COM 498                    COM 499

 

Bachelor of Arts in Strategic and Corporate Communication

Course of Study

 Students must complete at least 48 credits of multidisciplinary coursework.  Listed below are the required and elective courses and a suggested 4-year plan. All courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a "C" or higher.

Required Core Courses: See Course Catalog

Suggested 4-Year Plan

 

Year                      Fall                        Spring 

Freshman          SCC 100                     COM 151
                        SCC 200                     SCC 201
                        COM 210                    COM 211

Sophomore       ECON 200                  SCC 300
                       COM 310                    MKTG 304
                       COM 482                    SCC 498

Junior             1 Elective                    1 Elective
                       COM 410                    COM 412
                       COM 440                    COM 440
                       SCC 425                      MKTG 404

Senior             1 Elective                    1 Elective
                        SCC 498                      COM 499

 

4+1 Program: B.A. in Communication Studies or B.A. in Strategic and Corporate Communication to M.S. in Health and Strategic Communication

This program guarantees excellent students a seat in Chapman University’s Master of Science in Health and Strategic Communication program and makes them eligible for scholarship money awarded to outstanding, incoming Master’s students.

+-4+1 Bachelor of Science in Health Science/Master of Science in Health and Strategic Communication

Students complete 54 credits of core courses, 13 credits of science requirements/prerequisites, and 12 credits of electives. Nine of the 12 credits of electives must be health strategic communication courses (have a HCOM prefix). All courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a "C" or higher.

Students in the 4+1 program may complete up to 12 credits of graduate coursework in their senior year provided they meet the admission requirements for the graduate degree. Up to 12 credits that satisfy the undergraduate major or the 124 credits required for the bachelor degree may also double count towards the requirements of the graduate program.

+-Admission Requirements

Students eligible for early guaranteed admission into Chapman University’s Master of Science in Health and Strategic Communication program must meet the following criteria.

B.A. in Communication Studies, Master of Science in Health and Strategic Communication

1. Completion of the following:

B.A. Communication Studies core courses:

  • Com 100
  • Com 101
  • Com 110
  • Com 151
  • Com 210
  • Com 211
  • Com 312/Com 212
  • Com 314

These courses:

  1. must have been taken at Chapman University
  2. may only have been taken once
  3. must have been taken for a letter grade
  4. must compute to a core GPA > 3.3

2. Before February 1 of the junior year, the student seeking guaranteed, early admission must schedule an interview with Graduate Director, Dr. Jennifer Bevan or Dr. Lisa Sparks and Wilkinson College Graduate Programs Coordinator, Allison Tritch, at (714) 997-6752 to review requirements and establish a plan to complete successfully the requirements for early, guaranteed admission. Students meeting the stated requirements will be admitted to the HCOM program in the early fall of their senior year on a conditional basis until the following criteria for admission are complete.

  1. Completion of Com 482 (Health Communication), Com 395 (Communication Research Methods), and Com 498 (Senior Seminar)
  2. All B.A. Communication Studies degree requirements are completed and degree is bestowed by the university.
  3. Cumulative GPA at graduation > 3.3.

B.A. in Strategic & Corporate Communication, Master of Science in Health and Strategic Communication

1. Completion of the following:

B.A. Communication Studies core courses:

  • COM 151
  • COM 210
  • COM 211
  • COM 310
  • SCC 100
  • SCC 200
  • SCC 201
  • SCC 300
  • ECON 200
  • MKTG 304

These courses:

  1. must have been taken at Chapman University
  2. may only have been taken once must have been taken for a letter grade
  3. must compute to a core GPA > 3.3

2. Before February 1 of the junior year, the student seeking guaranteed, early admission must schedule an interview with Graduate Director, Dr. Jennifer Bevan or Dr. Lisa Sparks and Wilkinson College Graduate Programs Coordinator, Allison Tritch, at (714) 997-6752 or to review requirements and establish a plan to complete successfully the requirements for early, guaranteed admission. Students meeting the stated requirements will be admitted to the HCOM program in the early fall of their senior year on a conditional basis until the following criteria for admission are complete.

  1. Completion of Com 482 (Health Communication), SCC 300 (Research Methods for Strategic Comm), SCC 498 (Special Topics in Strategic Comm)
  2. All B.A. Strategic and Corporate Communication degree requirements are completed and degree is  bestowed by the university.
  3. Cumulative GPA at graduation > 3.3.

Graduate Record Examination GRE will be waived for current Chapman students applying for 4+1 integrated program.

The Health and Strategic Communication Master’s program and the B.A. programs for the Department of Communication Studies offer a 4 + 1 program option for undergraduate students that enable students to begin taking M.S. coursework and/or apply upper division undergraduate coursework in their senior year and receive a Master of Science degree within one year of finishing their undergraduate studies.  The program is open to all undergraduate majors as long as they have satisfied the prerequisites for the program and meet the admissions requirements.

Chapman and non-Chapman students can apply to the M.S. program as early as the spring semester of their junior year.  Students will receive conditional admission to the program, pending completion of their B.A. degree.  If accepted to the M.S. program, students can take up to 12 upper division credits from COM or SCC degree requirements during their senior year as an undergraduate student and/or:

HCOM 597     Special Topics in Health and Strategic Communication (topics vary)

HCOM 596     Special Topics in Research Methodology (topics vary)

These credits can be use to satisfy both the undergraduate graduation requirements AND count toward the M.S. in Health and Strategic Communication.  Other Communication Studies or Strategic and Corporate Communication courses not listed here can be approved by the Director of the M.S. in Health and Strategic Communication and the Chair of the Department of Communication Studies.

Suggested 4+1 4-Year Plan Senior Year-Master’s Degree


Year Fall Spring Summer
Senior COM 498 HCOM 597
HCOM 597 HCOM 596
1 Elective 1 Elective
SCC 498 1 Elective
COM 499
M.S. HCOM 580 HCOM 597
HCOM 595 HCOM 597-02
HCOM 599 HCOM 599 HCOM 598

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Founded by Dr. Lisa Sparks, one of America’s leading health communications researchers, the masters in health communications brings social scientists, statisticians, and communication experts together to teach students how to create and convey information that effectively changes health behavior.

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