University Scholars Program

 

The University Scholars Program offers particularly gifted and highly motivated students the opportunity and the challenge of integrating their undergraduate and graduate courses of study in a single continuous program culminating in both a baccalaureate and a master's degree.
 


WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

  • Undergraduate students who have completed at least 90 credit hours (can be in progress).
  • Students’ undergraduate majors must be communication, journalism, integrated strategic communication or media arts and studies.
  • Undergraduate GPA average must be at least 3.5 in the major, and a 3.2 overall.

PLAN OF STUDY

  • Plan A (Thesis Option)

    * CI 651 Communication Theory                                                                                                 3 credits
    * CI 665 Quantitative Methods in Communication Research                                                 3 credits
    * EDP 557 Gathering, Analyzing, and Using Educational Data                                                3 credits                                                                     (or approved equivalent by DGS)                                                                       

  • * CI 631 Proseminar in Interpersonal Communication                                                           3 credits
         or CI 645 Proseminar in Mass Communication Theory
         or CI 608 Mass Communications and Society                                                                   
    Electives                                                                                                                                         12 credits
    CI 768 Residence Credit for the Master's Degree                                                                     6 credits
    TOTAL                                                                                                                                         30 credits
    * Required core courses
     
    Students choosing Plan A will take a minimum of 24 credit hours of course work: 12 hours from required core courses and 12 hours from elective courses.  Additionally they must complete 6 credit hours of CI 768 Residence Credit for the Master's Degree, as well as an oral examination in defense of the thesis.
     
    At least 21 of the 30 credit hours must be from offerings within the College of Communication and Information. At least half of the minimum course requirements must be in courses at the 600 and 700 levels.  Plan A students may count up to 6 credit hours of CI 768 Residence Credit for the Master's Degree towards the 21 hours. No more than 3 credit hours may be earned in CI 696 Communication Internship, CI 700 Directed Reading in Communication, CI 781 Directed Study in Communication, or CI 790 Research Problems in Communication.


    Plan B (Non-thesis Option)

    * CI 651 Communication Theory                                                                                                 3 credits
    * CI 665 Quantitative Methods in Communication Research                                                 3 credits
    * EDP 557 Gathering, Analyzing, and Using Educational Data                                                3 credits                                                                     (or approved equivalent by DGS)                                                                       
    * CI 631 Proseminar in Interpersonal Communication                                                            3 credits
         or CI 645 Proseminar in Mass Communication Theory
         or CI 608 Mass Communications and Society                                                                   
    Electives                                                                                                                                            18 credits
    TOTAL                                                                                                                                            30 credits
    * Required core courses

     
    Students choosing Plan B will take a minimum of 30 hours of course work: 12 hours from required core courses and 18 hours from elective courses. Additionally they must successfully pass a comprehensive written and oral examination over the student's program.
     
    At least 21 of the 30 credit hours must be from offerings within the College of Communication and Information. At least half of the minimum course requirements must be in courses at the 600 and 700 levels. No more than 6 credit hours may be earned in CI 696 Communication Internship, CI 700 Directed Reading in Communication, CI 781 Directed Study in Communication, or CI 790 Research Problems in Communication.  


DEADLINES

  • Students typically begin taking courses for dual-credit as a University Scholar the first semester of their senior year. Interested students should submit their application sometime during their junior year.
  • The application deadlines for the program are the following:
    • Spring (November 15)
    • Summer II (no Summer I entry) (April 15)
    •  Fall (July 1)

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Applicants wishing to pursue the University Scholar's program must apply through the Graduate School's new online ApplyYourself Application. For more information visit: https://ci.uky.edu/grad/apply.
  • Applicants should indicate on the application under "Plan of Study" that they are applying for the University Scholars Program for Communication.
  • At the time of submission, students must attach the completed University Scholars Form as an uploaded document to the ApplyYourself Application after meeting with the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in Communication.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

  • Tuition and financial aid during the first year of the program (the University Scholars’ fourth year at UK) is still covered by previously awarded undergraduate funding, at the cost of undergraduate credit hours.  
  • University Scholars are eligible to apply for assistantships their second and final year in the program.