Department of Sociology

Graduate Student Program Handbook

Combined BA/MA Program in Sociology

Degree Requirements

Course Work (138 credits minimum)

Program Description
If you major in Sociology and would like to complete both the BA and MA degrees in less time than usual, the Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Program may be right for you.  The combined BA/MA program provides an opportunity for students of recognized academic ability and educational maturity to fulfill integrated requirements of the undergraduate and Master’s degree programs from the beginning of their junior year.  This means that students can complete both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree while saving a year of study.  With a carefully designed program, it is possible to earn the BA and MA degrees in Sociology in as few as 9 semesters. 

Requirements
The combined program requires a minimum of 138 credits, with at least 30 being graduate credits. 

BA
In qualifying for the BA, students must meet all University and college requirements, including the: 

MA
In qualifying for the MA, students must meet all University and college requirements as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin - see: http://www.albany.edu/sociology/grad_handbook_master's.shtml, including:

  • completion of a minimum of 30 graduate credits
  • completion of thesis and residency requirements.

Up to 12 graduate credits may be applied simultaneously to both the BA and MA programs.

When/How to Apply
Students may apply for admission to the combined degree program in Sociology at the beginning of their junior year or after the successful completion of 56 credits.  A cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher and three supportive letters of recommendation from faculty are required for consideration.  The GREs are NOT required.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a personal statement of no more than two pages indicating why they are applying to this program.

Students can apply for admission to the BA/MA program electronically. Applications may be found at http://www.albany.edu/graduate/apply_now.php Choose the Sociology MA as your program of study. Admissions counselors will automatically place the application in the BA/MA track when they check your status. If you have questions for those folks, they may be contacted at the Graduate Admissions office in UAB 121 (518) 442-3980.

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