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. Students will apply directly to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences by December of their third year. Students should check with individual departments for deadlines and application requirements. Admissions is often quite competitive and the programs very rigorous. Most departments require eight graduate level courses with a minimum grade of B for the master's degree.
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.