Beginning with the class of 2022, students will have the opportunity to apply to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for a master’s degree pursued concurrently with the bachelor’s degree. As part of the concurrent degree program, students will be allowed to double-count up to sixteen credits (normally, four courses) for the Bachelor of Arts and either the Master of Arts or the Master of Science. An undergraduate pursuing the concurrent degree must complete both of these degrees by the end of eight terms of residency, or the equivalent. Students wishing to pursue this option may consult the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for a list of departments that allow it.
Students admitted to the College prior to 2020 and who were eligible for advanced standing will be allowed to apply for and pursue the fourth-year master’s degree in accordance with the rules for advanced standing that were in place when they matriculated. Uniquely qualified students who will be juniors in the College before the fall of 2020 and who are not eligible for advanced standing may petition the Office of Undergraduate Education for an exception allowing them to apply to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for a concurrent master’s degree.
Applying for Admission
A full list of departments conferring concurrent masters will be available through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences beginning in the fall of 2020.
Juniors (fall of 2019)
Uniquely qualified students who will be juniors before the fall of 2020 and who are not eligible for advanced standing may file a petition for an exception allowing them to apply for admission to one of the participating programs offering the option of a concurrent master’s degree. The petition requires a signature of support from both the student's Allston Burr Resident Dean and the Director of Studies from the student’s concentration. In addition, students will need to consult with the Director of Graduate Studies for the master’s program they wish to pursue. A link to the petition is provided below. The deadline for the petition is November 15.
Beginning with the Class of 2022
Students admitted with the class of 2022, and those to follow, will apply for admission directly to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in the fall of their junior year. No petition to the Office of Undergraduate Education will be necessary.