October 29th, 2009
The GW English Department offers a five-year dual degree BA/MA program. Students complete their Bachelor of Arts at the end of four years of undergraduate study, and their Masters after one additional year. By undertaking graduate coursework during senior year, students complete the MA one year faster than they otherwise could.
The first step to entering the BA/MA program is to apply into the Honors Program in English. After admission to departmental honors (spring of junior year), all students who desire may also enter the dual degree program. Students electing the five-year BA/MA submit a simple program application form, which they can obtain from the Director of Undergraduate Studies (Marshall Alcorn). Students need not take the GRE.
The MA portion of the program requires ten graduate courses and a qualifying assessment (to be completed during the last semester of study). Two of these graduate seminars are taken during the senior year, and count towards both the BA and MA. In their fifth year students complete their final eight seminars. One or more may be taken during the summer.
We hope that this program will appeal to highly motivated students who will enjoy the chance to undertake graduate study while still an undergraduate, and who will appreciate the chance to obtain an important graduate credential more swiftly than they otherwise could.
April 28th, 2009
The Five Year BA/MA Program allows GW English majors to earn both a BA and an MA in English within 5 years of study. The dual degree allows exceptionally strong and motivated students to move into advanced work early, to earn an expedited graduate degree, and to continue literary research with particularly helpful mentors.
Eligibility and admission:
- All students admitted to the English Honors Program are eligible to apply for the BA/MA as well.
- Interested students complete a short (one-page) application and commit to the dual degree during spring of their junior year
- Admission does not require GRE scores, but students should be aware that further graduate study or transfer to another programme would require GREs
- The MA portion of the program consists of 10 graduate English courses and the comprehensive exam
- 2 of the 10 graduate courses may be taken during senior year and will count for both the BA and the MA
- • These 2 graduate courses may be used to fulfill distribution requirements for the English major
- The remaining 8 courses may be taken during the summer after completing undergraduate degree and the fifth year in the dual degree program
For more information, please contact Professor Marshall Alcorn (firstname.lastname@example.org ).
January 9th, 2009
The GW English Department is happy to announce a new five year program in which majors can earn both a bachelor and a masters of arts.
Open to our best undergraduates, the BA/MA program enables students enrolled in the department’s honors program to take graduate coursework in the senior year. Students apply into the BA/MA program as juniors, when they also apply for departmental honors. Those accepted complete their BA at the end of the senior year and graduate with their colleagues. They remain at GW for one additional year to complete their MA.
The combined program enables our brightest students to begin graduate studies earlier in their academic life, providing them the opportunity to study literature at an advanced level within a nationally recognized program. The BA/MA program saves students a year of tuition, since they earn their advanced degree far more swiftly than they would in our traditional program.
A masters degree gives students a competitive edge on the job market and can aid in achieving a further graduate degree within or outside the discipline. The English Department is offering this new program because it realizes that for career reasons many more of its students are seeking an advanced degree. The five year BA/MA offers an affordable and timely means to do so. By taking graduate seminars while still seniors, undergraduates will also find themselves challenged and engaged by some of the best teachers we have in the department.