BA/MA in English

The combined B.A./M.A. program in English provides an opportunity for students of recognized academic ability and educational maturity to fulfill integrated requirements of undergraduate and master’s degree programs from the beginning of their junior year. A carefully designed program can reduce the time it takes to earn the B.A. and M.A. degrees by as much as two semesters.

The Curriculum

The combined program requires a minimum of 140 credits, of which at least 32 must be graduate credits. In qualifying for the B.A., students must meet all University and college requirements, including the requirements of the undergraduate major described previously, the minor requirement, the minimum 90-credit liberal arts and sciences requirement, the general education requirements, and residency requirements.

In qualifying for the M.A., students must meet all University and college requirements as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin, including completion of a minimum of 32 graduate credits and any other conditions such as a research seminar, thesis, comprehensive examination, professional experience, and residency requirements. Up to 12 graduate credits may be applied simultaneously to both the B.A. and M.A. programs.

Students are considered as undergraduates until completion of 120 graduation credits and satisfactory completion of all B.A. requirements. Upon meeting B.A. requirements, students are automatically considered graduate students.

To be eligible for admission to the combined BA/MA program in English, a student must have successfully completed 56, but no more than 100 undergraduate credits, and have a cumulative grade average of 3.20 or higher. Application is made directly to the Office of Graduate Studies, and applications may be initiated online. Applicants must observe the same deadlines and provide the same documents as are required for application to the MA program, except that GRE scores are not required. BA/MA applications are reviewed by the English Department Graduate Admissions Committee in their regularly scheduled sessions, using the same admission standards as apply to all other MA applications.