Combined Bachelor/Master Program

An accelerated program. Complete an undergraduate and a graduate degree in 5 years (including summer course work).

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Our Five-Year Bachelor/Master's degree program is open to especially qualified undergraduate students. It permits you to complete the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Theology and Religious Studies and the Master of Arts in Theology in an accelerated timeframe of five years.

You will receive the Bachelor degree at the end of your Senior year; transfer to graduate status in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the end of your Senior year; and receive the Master degree upon completion of all graduate program requirements at the end of your fifth year of studies.

This timeframe requires taking ...

  • up to four graduate courses in your Junior and Senior years. These four graduate courses replace four undergraduate elective courses and count toward both degrees.
  • the graduate Proseminar in the fall semester of your Senior year.
  • six graduate courses in the fall and spring semesters of your fifth year of studies.
  • two graduate courses in one or two summer semesters (before/after the fifth year).
  • the Foreign Language Examination and Comprehensive Examinations for the Master's program during the fifth year.

This course distribution permits you to graduate at the end of the spring semester or summer semester of the fifth year of studies. However, with the help of your academic advisor you may also develop a different course distribution.

Program Admission

The admission to our 5-year BA/MA program proceeds in two steps.

  • The First Step

Inform your academic advisor about your interest in the 5-year program BEFORE you enroll in any undergraduate elective course.Your advisor will plan with you four graduate courses that replace four undergraduate elective courses.

  • The Second Step

Transfer to the MA program during the last semester of your Senior year.


  1. The completion (or nearly completion) of four graduate courses with a 3.0 GPA or better.
  2. A 3.3 cumulative GPA in your major and a 3.3 cumulative undergraduate GPA.

The Financial Advantage

  • Expenses for double-counted courses are covered by your undergraduate tuition.
  • The Dean of Graduate Studies awards you tuition remission for additional graduate courses (for a total of five courses, including double-counted courses).
  • Thus, you are responsible for paying for seven graduate courses only.

BA/MA Program Brochure