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4+1 Pathway

Hope College students can earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years through a collaborative 4+1 Graduate Degree Partnership with Western Michigan University’s School of Communication.

How It Works

Hope College and Western Michigan University’s School of Communication have established a partnership that allows Hope students to transfer up to six undergraduate credit hours towards a Master of Arts in Communication degree at WMU. Additionally, Hope students have the opportunity to obtain up to six additional graduate credit hours through credit-by-examination.

Eligible Hope College Courses

Transferable Credits — up to 6 credits, must have earned a ‘B’ grade or better

  • COMM 320 – Family Communication
  • COMM 330 – Organizational Communication
  • COMM 335 – Leadership Skills and Perspectives
  • COMM 360 – The Art and Science of Persuasion
  • COMM 371 – Intercultural Communication: Communicating Across Differences
  • COMM 372 – Gender Communication

Credits-By-Examination — up to 6 credits, based on the evaluation of final writing project(s)

  • COMM 399 – Communication Internship
  • COMM 460 – Communication Theory
  • COMM 463 – Rhetorical Theory
  • COMM 470 – Cultural Communication Theory
  • COMM 399 – Communication Internship

Learn about application requirements, deadlines and how to apply