Combined BA + MA

The Department of Geography offers integrated undergraduate and graduate training leading to a combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Geography. Students in this program develop expertise and skills appropriate to becoming professional geographers. The combined program prepares graduates for technical and managerial positions in government, industry, non-profit organizations, and academia. These entry-level jobs have served as springboards for managerial and executive positions as evidenced by prior graduates of the MA program. The MA program also prepares students to qualify for admission at top tier PhD programs in geography or related disciplines. The training provided at this level includes professionalization in academia and can lead to teaching and research positions at the university/college level.

Undergraduate Preparation

Applicants should complete the following courses prior to, or during, their fourth year: introductory human geography, introductory physical geography, cartography or GIS, and two additional advanced geography courses. A basic statistics source is strongly recommended.

Provisional Admission

Students may be admitted on a provisional basis to a specific combined program anytime during their academic career at Miami, from the time they are admitted for undergraduate admission.

Full Admission

Upon earning a minimum of 64 credit hours and having a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater, students may apply for admission to the combined program. Regular time-limits for completing the master’s degree apply to students in a combined program (See the Graduate School Handbook for more information).

Applications Procedures

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". The geography program requires three letters of recommendation and a statement of research interest, according to the Graduate Policies and Guidelines. Contact Dr. Jessica McCarty if you would like access.

Student Classification and Graduation

A minimum of 150 hours is required for the combined program; 120 semester hour minimum for a bachelor’s degree and 30 hour minimum for a master’s degree.  Students in a combined program will remain as undergraduates until they apply for graduation or submit a request to the Graduate School to have their classification changed from undergraduate to graduate. Students must have completed a minimum of 128 hours (graduate and undergraduate) to be classified as a graduate student (note: this change in classification will affect eligibility for financial aid). Students may receive their bachelor’s degree prior to completing their master’s degree. Upon receiving the bachelor’s degree, students will automatically be classified as graduate students. Students can count up to 4 hours of graduate course work toward their bachelor’s degree.  Eight (8) hours of graduate coursework may count for both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.  These 8 hours will take the undergraduate degree total to 128 and will double count towards the 30 hours in the master’s degree.  The MA degree must have a minimum of 30 hours beyond there 120 undergraduate hours.  Those 30 hours can include the 8 double counted hours.