Accelerated B.A./M.A. Program

History majors considering going on to an M.A. degree in Historical Studies may apply to enter the accelerated B.A./M.A. program offered by the Department. The program allows undergraduate students who take graduate level history courses to have those credits count toward both their B.A. and prospective M.A. degrees at UMBC.

Students should apply in their junior year to begin the program during their senior year.

To qualify for the program, a student must:

  • be a History major
  • have completed HIST 201 “Introduction to the Study of History”
  • have earned a minimum of 60 undergraduate credits
  • At least 15 of these credits must have been earned at UMBC and no less than 9 credits need to be in 300 or 400 level History courses.
  • Additionally, the student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall and 3.6 in History. Talk to your advisor if you are interested in this opportunity!

Students can apply to the accelerated B.A./M.A. program on the UMBC Graduate School website.  When they fill out the application, students will be prompted to list the names of two UMBC History professors as recommenders. Once your application is submitted, the Graduate Program Director will follow up with those professors and secure their recommendations. Within no more than one month of receiving an application, the Graduate Program Director will deliver a decision to the applicant. After you have been admitted to the accelerated BA/MA, you will need to fill out the form titled “Approval for Undergraduates to Take Courses for Graduate Credit” found on the Graduate School’s website page Student Forms.

For further information or to find out of the accelerated B.A./M.A. program is right for you, please contact the Graduate Program Director.