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 & Sciences (and the Pardee School). 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.
- Fall 2020 Admissions: April 20, 2020
- Spring 2021 Admissions: November 30, 2020
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.
BA/MA and BA/MS Program Guidelines
- The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) Bulletin and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS) Bulletin have short descriptions of the individual BA/MA and BA/MS programs.
- Each department has a designated BA/MA or BA/MS advisor who can be contacted for questions and advice about degree requirements and the plan of study. Please note that departmental requirements vary from a total of 36‐40 semester courses (a total of 144-160 credits). In all cases there are at least eight courses required at the 500‐level or above, and these courses must be passed with a grade of B‐ or better. Students are strongly urged to review total credit requirements with their program to ensure all requirements are fulfilled.
Application and Admission:
- The BA/MA and BA/MS programs are not open to students outside of CAS and the Pardee School or to Boston University Dual Degree Program (DDP) students.
- The earliest you may apply is the 4th semester of academic year enrollment at BU for admission into the program at the start of the 5th semester of enrollment. The latest you may apply is the 6th semester of academic year enrollment at BU for admission into the program at the start of the 7th semester of enrollment.
- Applicants must meet a GPA requirement of at least 3.0 at time of application. (Some departments may have higher requirements; Political Science applicants must meet a GPA requirement of at least 3.5)
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.
Required Supplemental Forms/Documents
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 send via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Unofficial Transcripts: Please send copies of all unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Required Documents: Some programs require additional documents such as a Personal Statement. Please inquire with your department/program for more information. These other required documents should be sent to email@example.com.
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