B.A./M.A. Accelerated 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 Masters degree.  The basic idea is to take three (3) graduate level courses (either 500level with the additional graduate level assignments, or 600level) 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.


You can contact either the Undergraduate Director Dr. John McLeod , or the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Daniel Krebs.

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)

Semester Hours

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.

Visit the undergraduate catalog website for more details about the History BA curriculum

Visit the graduate catalog website for more details about the History MA curriculum