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BA/MA Program

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The History Department at Boston College has devised a BA/MA Program that is designed to allow selected students to earn both a BA and an MA in History in five years. Undergraduate history majors may apply to continue their studies beyond the BA and to earn an MA with the equivalent of another year of full-time study.

Admission to the program normally requires an overall GPA of 3.33 and a GPA of 3.5 in History. Students may carry in up to four courses taken as an undergraduate toward their MA degree: any two upper-division undergraduate courses, plus two more courses taken for graduate credit in the senior year by arrangement with the Director of Graduate Studies.

The purpose of the program is to allow students a greater opportunity for concentrated study and research training without requiring a commitment to the Ph.D. Students in the BA/MA program must meet all the specific course requirements for the undergraduate major as well as the formal requirements for the MA, including the completion of a research seminar, demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language, and an oral comprehensive exam in major and minor fields.

Students interested in the program should first consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies, who will review the student's academic record and, if appropriate, initiate and facilitate the application process. Once accepted into the BA/MA program, students should schedule an appointment with the Director of Graduate Studies to devise a plan of study.

How to apply

Students must submit applications by the end of the second semester of junior year.  The required application materials are a statement of purpose, a writing sample, at least two letters of recommendation, and an official transcript.  Please take a look at this webpage for application instructions and email gsasinfo@bc.edu with any questions on how to upload materials.

Do not send any materials to the History Department.