Combined BA + MA

Miami offers undergraduate students in Literature the unique opportunity to earn both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in five years.

Students accepted to the English B.A./M.A. program take graduate courses while completing their undergraduate degree. A maximum of nine hours can be double counted for the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, but the full number of hours required for the Master’s degree must be taken.

Masters’ students prepare works related to their own areas of interest with a faculty of active researchers. Seminars offered by the graduate faculty embody a variety of perspectives and research and writing interests. M.A. courses provide excellent preparation for M.F.A. or Ph.D. degree programs.

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Contact Info:

Director of Graduate Literature – Professors Patrick Murphy and Michele Navakas

Director of Graduate Studies – Professor Cynthia Klestinec (

How to Apply

Apply in the spring semester of your junior year and begin the B.A./M.A. in fall semester of your senior year, taking two graduate seminars during your senior year. The rest of your grad seminars are during your fifth year.

To be eligible, you should have completed at least 64 hours and half of the departmental hours required for your Bachelor’s degree, with a minimum 3.25 overall GPA and a 3.5 major GPA. Students in the dual degree program are not eligible for teaching assistantships.

If you wish to apply to the BA/MA combined program in the Department of English, you should submit the following materials online to the Graduate School application website listed below:

  • An application form—to apply to a combined bachelors/masters program, complete the Graduate School online application and pay the $50 application fee. Be sure to check “combined program”;
  • A personal statement, which explains your interest in the program and your own research interests (a kind of justification for why you want to do the dual degree that specifies which periods of literature or kinds of texts you wish to study). This statement may be uploaded as a Word or PDF document;
  • A writing sample of no more than 15 pages; and
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members. You will submit the faculty members’ names and email addresses and they will receive instructions on how to upload their letter.

Application deadline is March 1, 2020.