Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Applying for Admission to the B.A./M.A. Program in English.
- What is the B.A./M.A.?
The B.A./M.A. program in English allows high-achieving English majors early admission to our top ranking graduate program. It is designed so that students can finish both the undergraduate and graduate degree in five years, although there is no requirement to finish in this period.
- What are some advantages of the B.A./M.A. program?
The B.A./M.A. program reduces the time and therefore the cost of the graduate degree, thereby providing job seekers with a competitive edge and increased earnings potential. It offers invaluable training for students pursuing a number of professional fields, especially law. It advances students toward the Ph.D. and adds substantially to the qualifications of Ph.D. applicants.
- When can I apply?
Undergraduates should apply in the semester in which they are completing their 116th credit hour (making sure that all English major requirements are complete)—either November 15 for Spring admission or April 15 for Fall admission.
- Must I have completed all of my B.A. general education requirements (Foreign language, Math, Distribution or Breadth of Inquiry, e.g.) to be eligible for admission to the B.A./M.A.?
No. It is possible for students to complete their final general education requirements after acceptance to the B.A./M.A. program. All requirements in English must be complete, however.
- May I count courses toward both the graduate and undergraduate programs?
No. B.A./M.A. students are still required to complete the total undergraduate hours toward the B.A., and no courses used to satisfy the B.A. requirements may be applied toward the M.A.
- Will I be able to apply for departmental support (fellowships, teaching assistantships) while I am working toward my M.A.?
No. B.A./M.A. students do not qualify for departmental support.
- Can I earn a Ph.D. after my B.A./M.A.?
It is generally advisable for students who have completed the B.A./M.A. at IU to pursue the doctorate elsewhere; however, under certain circumstances a B.A./M.A. student may benefit from doctoral study here, in which case, s/he may apply for admission to the department’s Ph.D. program through the standard application process. Past training is no guarantee of admission; the IU Ph.D. program is highly selective.