» 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 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 paid research and grant opportunities with top health and strategic communication scholars.

Our faculty’s strong relationships with various agencies, organizations, universities and hospitals throughout Southern California and the world provide unparalleled opportunities for research, internships and work experiences. In addition, the program offers a number of funded graduate teaching and research assistantships to qualified students.

Chapman students can apply to the HCOM M.S. program during 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 graduate credits during their senior year as an undergraduate student that be used to satisfy both the undergraduate graduation requirements AND count toward the M.S. in Health and Strategic Communication.

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

The M.S. in Health and Strategic Communication in Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences’ Department of Communication Studies and the B.S. in Health Sciences in Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences’ Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology offer a 4 + 1 program option for undergraduates that enable students to begin taking M.S. coursework in their senior year and receive a Master of Science degree within one year of finishing their undergraduate studies. 4+1 students are eligible for graduate research assistantship awards and, once they confer their undergraduate degree, can apply for graduate teaching assistantships. Both types of awards defray the cost of the HCOM M.S. program. The program is open to all undergraduate majors as long as they have satisfied the prerequisites for the program and meet the admissions requirements. B.S. Health Sciences students complete 53 credits of core courses and 15 credits in the pre-health communication area of study. Nine of the 15 credits of electives must be health and strategic communication (HCOM) graduate courses. All courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade with a "C" or higher.

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

Before February 1 of the junior year, the student seeking early admission must schedule an interview with Graduate Director, Dr. Jennifer Bevan (bevan@ chapman.edu) and Wilkinson College Graduate Programs Coordinator, Allison DeVries, at (714) 997-6752 or devries@ chapman.edu to review requirements and establish a plan to successfully complete the requirements for admission. Students meeting the stated requirements will be eligible for admission to the Health and Strategic Communication M.S. program on a conditional basis until all B.S. Health Sciences degree requirements are completed and degree is conferred by the university.

Admission Requirements:

•             Online application for admission (includes $60 non-refundable application fee)

•             3.00 is the minimum recommended undergraduate cumulative grade point average.

•             Letters of recommendation - Two letters of recommendation are required, including one which must be from an academic source who describes your professional and academic abilities.

•             Statement of intent – a 500 word essay addressing the area of communication in which you are interested.

•             Resume – a resume or curriculum vitae is required

•             Official transcripts will be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar

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

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The M.S. in Health and Strategic Communication program and the B.A. programs in the Department of Communication Studies offer a 4 + 1 program option for undergraduates that enables students to begin taking M.S. coursework in their senior year and receive a master of science degree within one year of finishing their undergraduate studies (4 years B.A. + 1 year M.S.). The 4 + 1 option is open to all undergraduate majors as long as they have satisfied the prerequisites for the program and meet the admissions requirements. 4+1 students are eligible for graduate research assistantship awards and, once they confer their undergraduate degree, can apply for graduate teaching assistantships. Both types of awards defray the cost of the HCOM M.S. program.

Chapman students can apply to the M.S. program during 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 graduate credits during their senior year as an undergraduate student that can be used to satisfy both the undergraduate graduation requirements and count toward the M.S. in Health and Strategic Communication degree.

B.A. in Communication Studies Admission Procedures

Applicants for Chapman University’s Master of Science in Health and Strategic Communication program must meet the following criteria.

I.                     Completion of the following B.A. Communication Studies core courses: COM 100, 101, 110, 151, 210, 211, 212 and 314 by the end of the spring semester of their junior year. These courses:

  • Must have been taken at Chapman University.
  • May only have been taken once.
  • Must have been taken for a letter grade.
  • Must compute to a core GPA ≥ 3.300.

II.                    Before February 1 of the junior year, the student seeking guaranteed, early admission must schedule an interview with graduate director, Dr. Jennifer Bevan (bevan@chapman.edu) and graduate programs coordinator Allison DeVries at (714) 997–6752 or devries@chapman.edu to review requirements and establish a plan to successfully complete the requirements for admission.

Students meeting the stated requirements will be eligible for admission to the Health and Strategic Communication M.S. program on a conditional basis until the following criteria for admission are complete.

  • Completion of COM 482 (Advanced Health Communication), COM 295 (Introduction to Research Methods) and COM 498 (Senior Seminar).
  • All B.A. in Communication Studies degree requirements are completed and degree is conferred by the University.
  • Cumulative GPA at graduation ≥ 3.300.

B.A. in Strategic and Corporate Communication Admission Procedures

Applicants for Chapman University’s Master of Science in Health and Strategic Communication program must meet the following criteria.

I.                     Completion of the following B.A. Communication Studies and B.A. Strategic and Corporate Communication core courses: COM 151, COM 210, COM 211, COM 310, SCC 100, SCC 200, SCC 400, SCC 295, ECON 200, and MKTG 305 by the end of the spring semester of their junior year. These courses:

  • Must have been taken at Chapman University.
  • May only have been taken once.
  • Must have been taken for a letter grade.
  • Must compute to a core GPA ≥ 3.300.

II.                    Before February 1 of the junior year, the student seeking guaranteed, early admission must schedule an interview with graduate director, Dr. Jennifer Bevan (bevan@chapman.edu) and graduate programs coordinator Allison DeVries at (714) 997–6752 or devries@chapman.edu to review requirements and establish a plan to successfully complete the requirements for admission.

Students meeting the stated requirements will be admitted to the health and strategic communication program on a conditional basis until the following criteria for admission are complete.

  • Completion of COM 482 (Advanced Health Communication), COM 295 (Introduction to Research Methods) and SCC 498 (Senior Seminar).
  • All B.A. in Strategic and Corporate Communication degree requirements are completed and degree is conferred by the University.
  • Cumulative GPA at graduation ≥ 3.300.

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

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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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