Accelerated BA or BS with M.A. in WGS

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors who are already thinking about pursuing an M.A. in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies 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 $900, 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.

If you have questions, please contact either the Undergraduate Advisor Dr. Nancy Theriot, or Graduate Advisor Anne Caldwell .


Students in the accelerated Master of Arts in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies 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 Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies program, students must:

  • Complete an application for admission to the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department's Master of Arts program (including GRE scores, transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and a writing sample) no later than the end of their junior year.
  • Have a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.35, a Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies GPA of 3.35, and meet all other requirements for admission to the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department's Master of Arts program.

Students must retain a 3.35 GPA in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies 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.

Students in the accelerated BA/MA program must meet all of the MA requirements including receiving at least 18 of their 36-hour program in 600-level, courses.