COMBINED B.A./M.A. PROGRAM

THE COMBINED B.A./M.A.

PROGRAM IN ENGLISH 

Earn your B.A. and M.A. degrees in just five years!

 

Requirements for Admission

Students are eligible to apply for the B.A./M.A. program when they have finished at least twelve credits in courses that count toward the English major, with a GPA of 3.5 or over in these courses. Students must also have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students are also asked to obtain letters of recommendation from two professors teaching in the graduate program, which should be sent directly to the Chair.

How the Program Works

Students who are accepted into the program take four Master’s courses as undergraduates, ideally one per term during their junior and senior years. These four courses count toward the B.A. degree (12 of the necessary 36 credits) and toward the Master’s degree once the B.A. is earned. The key point to remember is this: students get double credit for four courses. When the student begins the fifth year, he or she has already completed 12 credits toward the M.A. degree, and will have only 21 credits left to fulfill (four courses in one term, three the next).

When to Apply

The English Department encourages students to begin the program in the first semester of the junior year, so the best time to apply is in the second semester of sophomore year. It is to the student’s advantage to take one Master’s course per term for two years, but students who decide to apply to the program during their junior year can complete the necessary coursework by taking two Master’s classes per term during their senior year.

How to Apply

The Combined Degree application form is available in the College Dean’s office (St John Hall, Room 135). Students fill out the top portion of the form, bring it to the Registrar’s office, and generate a transcript from the Web. Completed application form and certified transcript are then returned to the College Dean’s office. Once the applicant’s qualifications have been verified by the College Dean’s Office and the Department Chair, the student will be informed in writing of the admission decision. The process normally takes three to four weeks.

 

REMEMBER: TWO DEGREES IN JUST FIVE YEARS!

THE COMBINED B.A./M.A.

PROGRAM IN ENGLISH

 

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM

 

  • Qualified students can enter the B.A./M.A. program and earn two degrees in just five years.
  • Students can work at the graduate level with the same professors they’ve known as undergraduates.
  • Graduate seminars are small and focused courses that foster and active, tight-knit community of peers.
  • Graduates with a Master’s degree differentiate themselves from other candidates in a competitive job market.
  • Applicants with an M.A. in English are attractive to admissions committees at law and business schools.
  • English M.A. students are well positioned for further graduate study in literature, creative writing, philosophy, American Studies, women’s studies, and more.

DON’T OVERLOOK THIS EXCITING POSSIBILITY!