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Combined B.A./M.A. Program

Undergraduate students majoring in History or Political Science who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the field are encouraged to consider the combined B.A./M.A. program.  This program allows a limited number of graduate courses taken during the senior year to count towads the undergraduate degree as well.

Common Requirements

Students will need to complete all admission requirements to the program during their junior year. This includes:

  • Application to the University for admission to graduate study.
  • Submission of an official copy of the student’s undergraduate transcript.
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation to the Director of Graduate Studies. One letter of recommendation must be from the student’s faculty advisor and the other from another faculty member.

The GRE requirement for the Combined B.A./M.A. will be waived so long as the student maintains continuous registration (fall and spring semesters) through completion of the M.A. program. The GRE waiver applies to the Combined B.A./M.A. only. Interruption of progress toward the degree may result in the requirement to reapply to the program, which requires meeting the GRE requirement.  Students must attain a "B" average in their coursework to remain in and continue the combined program.

Applications will be reviewed by the Office of Admissions, Office of Graduate Studies and Research, and the departmental admissions committee.

B.A./M.A. in History

Students seeking the B.A./M.A. degree in History may count six semester credit hours of graduate coursework taken during the senior year toward both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Students electing to complete the B.A./M.A. in History are eligible for either the thesis or non-thesis option; in the non-thesis option, unlike the traditional non-thesis M.A. in History, there is no minor curriculum requirement.

B.A./M.A. in Political Science

Students seeking the B.A./M.A. degree in Political Science may count nine semester credit hours of graduate coursework taken during the senior year toward both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.  Students electing to complete the B.A./M.A. in Political Science are eligible for either the thesis or non-thesis option.

More Information

For more information, please contact Dr. Mohamed Ben-Ruwin or any full-time faculty member in the relevant field of study.

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