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Students who are looking ahead toward careers or post-baccalaureate education may wish to consider the combined bachelor’s degree/master’s degree programs offered jointly by the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In this joint program, students complete all requirements for the Bachelor of Arts and for the Master of Arts or Master of Science (Computer Science only). The last two years of undergraduate study are integrated with the first year of graduate work, eliminating duplication of courses and, in some cases, reducing the time required to earn the two degrees. Successful completion of the BA/MA or BA/MS Program may lead to enhanced career employment opportunities, professional training, or doctoral studies.
BA/MA and BA/MS Programs are offered through a number of departments in the College, but not all. Please refer to either the College of Arts & Sciences Bulletin or the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Bulletin for existing BA/MA and BA/MS Programs.
A Request for Waiver of Application Deadline form must be completed and signed by the department chair and submitted with an application that does not meet the deadline. Waivers are granted only under extraordinary circumstances.
Application and Admission:
Registration and Financial Aid:
Since federal regulations stipulate that persons receiving undergraduate financial aid must be registered in undergraduate programs, all BA/MA and BA/MS students will remain registered in CAS for eight semesters. Students will, however, be able to enroll in graduate‐level courses, as required by the program. In this way, students will remain eligible for undergraduate forms of financial aid for at least eight semesters. BA/MA and BA/MS students continuing work toward one or both degrees will only be registered with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences upon completion of 32 courses (128 credit hours) in CAS.
In addition to the application form found at the bottom of this page, the following documents are also required:
Plan of Study: Consult with the designated combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program faculty director in the department of proposed study to complete the Plan of Study form. The BA/MA or BA/MS faculty director must review and sign your plan of study, which you should then upload the Plan of Study with their application for admission. For applicants with a double major, a secondary signature is required from the Director of Undergraduate Studies or faculty advisor in the second undergraduate major program.
Letters of Recommendation: Ask two faculty members in the field of proposed study to submit recommendations for you using the Recommendation for Admission form. You should complete the top portion of each form and ask your referees to email the completed forms to email@example.com.