About this Program

The linked bachelor's/master's degree in lifespan and digital communication is administered by the Communication and Theatre Arts Department.  The purpose of this option is to allow exceptional majors in communication to count up to 6 hours of 500-level graduate coursework towards both the B.A. or B.S. in communication and, if accepted, the M.A. in lifespan and digital communication.  Students in the linked program must earn a minimum of 156 credit hours (120 for the undergraduate degree and 36 for the graduate degree).

Program Highlights

  • Study with award-winning, nationally- known communication faculty members
  • Learn to research by working directly with actively publishing scholars as well as working professionals
  • Present your papers at professional conferences internationally, nationally, and regionally
  • Get to know communication’s graduate faculty and graduate students during weekly dinners
  • Have fun with graduate faculty and graduate students during program outings while you build professional communication networks
Degree Level
Degree Earned
B.A. & M.A. or B.S. & M.A.
Delivery Modes


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What are the requirements to apply for Communication, Lifespan & Digital Communication at ODU?
Students entering the B.A. & M.A. or B.S. & M.A. program in Communication, Lifespan & Digital Communication should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.
  • Admission to the Linked Program  Junior status, undergraduate average of at least 3.25 in Communication and a 3.0 overall; two letters of recommendation from faculty members; a 500-word essay that outlines the applicant's professional and personal goals in pursuing this degree, while explaining the relationship of these aforementioned goals to the Lifespan and Digital Communication degree program.
  • Admission to the MA Program Must earn a B or better in the 500-level course(s) taken during linked undergraduate studies. In addition to meeting all general University requirements for undergraduate degree completion, an applicant must have an undergraduate average of at least 3.25 in Communication; at least a 3.0 overall; and submit GRE scores in average ranges, for example: Verbal 152 – 158, Quantitative 153 – 158, and Writing 4.0, in order to be accepted to continue into the MA program.   


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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

Ways to Save

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Graduate Assistantships

Competitive graduate assistantships (Teaching, Research, and Program Support) are available after admitted to the MA degree.


Associate Professor

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