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4+1 BA-MA Program

The History Department's 4+1 BA-MA Program allows a select group of juniors and seniors to earn both a BA and an MA in History in five years. This program is intended to offer students a more in-depth opportunity for advanced training and research and thus be more competitive for further graduate education or in the employment market. Students in the program will meet course requirements for both the undergraduate major and for the master's degree, which includes a semester research seminar and a final semester of thesis writing. Undergraduate students enroll in up to four graduate courses that will be double-counted towards both undergraduate and master's requirements. The final year is devoted to course work, research and thesis writing.

Students interested in this program should first contact the Director of the Graduate Program who will review the student's academic record and facilitate the application process. Accepted students should schedule an appointment with the Director to create a study plan.

Requirements & Applications

The program is open to history majors and double majors who have completed between 60 and 75 credits and whose academic record shows a strong capacity for success in the Master's program. Applicants should have an overall GPA of at least 3.6 and have successfully completed Hist 290 and at least two upper-level (300- or 400-level) history courses with at least a grade of 'B' or better.

Applications include a statement of purpose, a writing sample, two letters of recommendation, and a transcript, and should be sent to the Graduate Director. Deadlines are October 15 and March 15.

Before applying, or for further information, please contact the Graduate Director, Prof. Karen Kern, at

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