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Combination BA/MA Degree

Requirements and Recommendations

What is the Combination BA/MA Degree Program?

The BA/MA program provides academically talented students an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in a shorter period of time. The program allows students to explore graduate work in sociology before entering a graduate program. If the student then applies and is accepted into the graduate program (see application procedures for the graduate program), up to 12 hours of graduate coursework to double-count towards both the B.A. and the M.A., thus reducing the time it would normally take to complete both degrees by one semester or more.

Minimum Requirements for Competitive Admission:

    • at least a 3.5 overall UF GPA
    • completion of SYA4300, SYA4110, STA 2023, and SYG2000, with an overall GPA of 3.5 and no grade lower than a B in any sociology course
    • one letter of recommendation from a sociology faculty member
    • a personal statement of purpose
    • complete UF’s combination BA/MA application form (PDF)

    NOTE: meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the combination degree program.

    How to Apply

    Students can apply for the joint program anytime from their second year forward, but students will most likely apply during the second semester of their junior year. We require students submit all application materials by Oct. 15 for admission to the spring semester and by March 15 for admission to the fall semester for full consideration. The BA/MA student must apply for admission into the Sociology graduate program and be admitted by the Graduate Committee to complete the remaining MA degree. See the admissions information for sociology for details.

    Requirements Once Admitted into the Combination BA/MA Program

    Once admitted into the BA/MA program, students are required to complete 12 graduate credit hours for the combination degree before graduation. Six of the 12 credits must be the required courses of SYA7933 Proseminar and SYA6315 Introduction to Qualitative Methods in the Fall semester of the senior year. The remaining 6 graduate credits are elective seminars in sociology.

    Model Plan of Study for BA/MA Program


    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    Sophomore SYA4300 in either Fall or Spring
    Junior SYA4300 in either Fall or Spring
    Senior SYA7933 Proseminar

    SYA6315 Introduction to Qualitative Methods

    Apply for admission to MA program in Sociology

    SYA7933 Research Design

    SYA7933 Research Design

    Contact Us
    If you have questions about this combination degree program, contact the undergraduate coordinator.