Combined BA/MA Program

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The combined BA/MA in English allows undergraduate English majors to graduate with both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts after five years of study. Students pursue their academic and professional goals at a faster pace, enabling them to graduate ahead of their peers.

Students who are admitted into this program take two graduate-level courses in their senior year, normally one per semester. These graduate courses can be taken either as electives or as courses needed in particular categories to fulfill the specific requirements not yet completed for the BA degree.



Program Admissions


English Majors

Students admitted into the Honors Program in English are also accepted into the department’s combined BA/MA program.

English majors who do not enroll in or are not admitted into the Honors Program can petition to enter the combined BA/MA program. Interested students should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies no later than spring pre-registration of their junior year. The petition will be considered by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, as well as the Director of Graduate Studies.


Non-English Majors

Students interested in pursuing a combined BA/MA in English should meet with their undergraduate and graduate faculty advisors to discuss eligibility and department-specific application requirements.

Applicants should complete the Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program Application for Admission (PDF) and provide any required supporting documents. The application form must be signed by the student's undergraduate and graduate faculty advisors.

If approved, the student must submit the completed application form to the Columbian College Office of Graduate Admissions located in Phillips Hall, Suite 107.