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.
Interested students must:
- Be a declared History major
- Apply in the semester after reaching approximately 80 credits, but not more than 90 credits (exceptions considered on an individual basis).
- Have taken at least 30 total credits in residence at UMass Boston and a total of 3 History courses while in residence at UMass Boston.
- Take HIST 101 before applying
- Have a cumulative 3.3 GPA or higher for consideration
- Have completed and passed the WPE
- Submit all official transcripts external to UMass Boston to Graduate Admissions (Graduate Admissions will pull UMass Boston transcripts)
- Submit 3 letters of recommendation from professors
- Submit a 1500-word Statement of Purpose explaining their academic interests and reasons for applying to the graduate program.
- Submit a writing sample written for a college class, preferably in History. The ideal length is between 5-10 double-spaced pages and the paper should have been written within the last five years. This should be an analytical paper that demonstrates an applicant’s skill at synthesizing primary and/or secondary sources, as well as presenting the applicant’s own interpretation and analysis of those sources.
- Pay the application fee
- Students can begin taking graduate-level classes after they have completed 10 undergraduate history courses, one of which must be HIST 481 Research and Methods.
- Graduate students may apply up to 2 undergraduate History courses toward their MA degree. However, they may not use the same undergraduate course for both their BA and MA degrees.
- When students accumulate a total of 120 credits (undergraduate and graduate combined), they should petition the Registrar to create a graduate record for themselves. At this time, any graduate courses already taken will be moved to the student’s graduate record
- The University does not classify 5-year students as graduate students until they have accumulated at least 120 credits.
- Students only need 134 credits in order to receive their BA and MA degrees versus 150 credits if they took earned both degrees separately.
- Graduate admissions pulls up internal as opposed to official transcripts
- Students may be considered for a Graduate Assistantship in their 5th year.
- New student deposit of $250 waived
- Students will not receive their BA degree until their MA degree is completed.
- In their 5th year, students lose their eligibility for any financial aid that requires undergraduate status.
Graduate Admissions Application Deadline is January 15.