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American University School of Communication (SOC) is pleased to announce a program to provide students with preferred access to master's degree programs at SOC.

Juniors and seniors at partner institutions may apply to SOC graduate programs with the following benefits:

  • Streamlined application process
  • Application fee waiver (please contact us for unique code)
  • Tuition remission of at least 33% in the first year at SOC*
  • Ability to start a graduate program by taking up to six credits of graduate course work while still an undergraduate student.**  A list of sample* courses is below.  
 MA in Strategic Communication    
Term Format
 COMM-531 Political Communication Summer Online
 COMM-573 Visual Strategies in Public Relations Summer Online
 COMM-541 Crisis Communication Summer Online
 COMM-552 Social Media Strategies and Tactics Summer Online
 COMM-535 Voice & Presentation Communication Summer Online
 COMM-535 New Media Practices/Techniques Summer Online

 MA in Journalism and Public Affairs             
Term Format
 COMM-535 Voice & Presentation Comm Summer Online
 COMM-535 New Media Practices/Techniques Summer Online
 COMM-546 Foreign Policy & the Press Summer Online

 MA in Film & Video,
 MFA in Film & Electronic Media                    
Term Format
 COMM-520 History of Animation 
Summer Online
 COMM-557 Art of Visual Storytelling Summer Online
 COMM-558 Survey of American Cinema Summer Campus

 MA in International Media                          
Term Format
 COMM-531 Political Communication Summer Campus
 COMM-546 Foreign Policy &the Press Summer Online
 COMM-573 Visual Strategies in Public Relations Summer Campus

 MA in Political Communication                       
Term Format
 COMM-531 Political Communication Summer
 COMM-546 Foreign Policy & the Press Summer Online

* The Summer 2015 schedule is not yet finalized. This list will be updated when the summer schedule is released.


  1. All applicants must meet the same admissions criteria set forth for other students applying for SOC graduate programs. See the SOC Graduate Admissions website for admissions criteria, click here.
  2. Applicant must be a junior or senior at a partner institution.
  3. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or better is required.
  4. If admitted, students must start the graduate program at SOC the semester after completion of the bachelor's degree;banking of hours for a future term of entry to a graduate degree program is not permitted.
  5. An undergraduate degree in communication is not necessary. If accepted during the junior year of study, students must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or better for the duration of the bachelor's degree. If the overall GPA falls below a cumulative 3.5 any prior offers of admission and merit awards are rescinded and application materials resubmitted for consideration as part of SOC's general applicant pool.

Application Process

To access SOC's online application, please click here. Applications will be collected and reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.

Partner Institutions

  • Nazareth College, Rochester, N.Y.
    • Contact: Ian Mortimer
  • Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, Hampton University
    • Contact: Dr. Battinto Batts, Jr

For more information on this project, please contact Sharmeen Ahsan-Bracciale, Director for Graduate Services (

*Applies to courses defined in the graduate program of study only taken in the first year of study at SOC after completion of the bachelor's degree.

**AU rate of tuition applies to all graduate course work.  A grade of "B" or better is required in all SOC graduate level courses for transfer into a graduate program. Please contact us at for advisement and registration.