5-Year History BA/MA

An accelerated 5-year BA/MA program is available for eligible History majors interested in doing graduate History work. By entering this program, students can earn both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in History in less time than earning these degrees separately. Students are accepted into the History MA program in their junior year, begin taking graduate courses in their senior year, and complete the requirements in their fifth year. All 5-year applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.3. Students should apply to this program when they have taken at least three courses in history, but no later than the second semester of their junior year. Admission decisions follow the same procedures and standards used to evaluate graduate applicants to the MA program.

Upon completion of all requirements, students will be awarded both BA and MA degrees.  Students who do not complete the entire program or do not have the required minimum GPA of 3.0 to be awarded an MA degree may choose to apply appropriate earned credits toward the BA degree. Current regulations do not permit 5-year BA/MA students to receive their BA prior to the completion of their MA.

This program consists of 134 credits (104 undergraduate and 30 graduate credits), which can be completed in five years (although students may carry less than a full course load and complete the program at a slower rate). Students must take all required undergraduate distribution courses, all courses required for the History major, and all courses required for the History MA.

Requirements

Interested students must:

Once enrolled:

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Potential drawbacks

Graduate Admissions Application Deadline is January 15.