Accelerated B.A./M.A. Program
History majors who are already thinking about pursuing an M.A. in history can speed up the process by applying some of their undergraduate credit hours toward a Master’s degree. The basic idea is to take three (3) graduate level courses (either 500‑level with the additional graduate level assignments, or 600‑level) while still an undergraduate, and then have those credits apply both toward the undergraduate degree and towards an eventual Master's degree from UofL. The advantages are in time and money. Paying undergraduate tuition for nine graduate hours saves almost $800, and reduces the time to M.A. by one full‑time semester.
Here's how you do it:
1. Apply for entry into the accelerated program no later than the end of your Junior year.
2. Once accepted, you then sign up for and take nine hours of graduate level courses (as part of your undergraduate course of studies).
3. Graduate and move straight into the M.A. program.
The details as they appear in the University catalog are reprinted below, but for questions you can contact either the Undergraduate advisor Dr. Raphael Njoku, or the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Christine Ehrick at 852‑6817.
Students in the accelerated Master of Arts in History program may take a maximum of nine hours for graduate credit, which will also apply to the requirements for the baccalaureate degree. To be considered for admission to the Accelerated Master of Arts in History program, students must:
1) Complete an application for admission to the History Department's Master of Arts program (including GRE scores, transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose) no later than the end of their junior year.
2) Have a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.35, a history GPA of 3.35, and meet all other requirements for admission to the History Department's Master of Arts program (including at least 21 hours of history courses).
Students must retain a 3.35 GPA in history during their senior year to remain in the program. Once admitted to the accelerated BA/MA program and starting the graduate work, students are expected to maintain a full graduate load of 9 credit hours.
Bachelor of Arts in History (concentrations in both Humanities and Social Sciences)
General Education 34
Arts and Sciences Programmatic Requirements 22
Department of History Requirements 33*
Supporting Courses 18
Minimum Electives 14
Minimum Total 121
Master of Arts in History
Thesis Exam Option
Major Area of Emphasis 15-18* 18-21*
Secondary Area 6-9* 9-15*
Electives 0-6* 0-6
Thesis 3-6 0
Minimum Totals 30 30
*A maximum of 9 hours at the 500 level or the 600 level taken for graduate credit may apply both to the Bachelor of Arts in History and the Master of Arts programs in History.
Students in the accelerated BA/MA program must meet all of the MA requirements including receiving at least 15 of their 30-hour program in graduate student only, 600-level, courses.