Requirements and Recommendations
What is the Combined 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 combined BA/MA application form (PDF)
NOTE: meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the combined 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. https://soccrim.clas.ufl.edu/graduate/sociology/admissions/
Requirements Once Admitted into the Combined BA/MA Program
Once admitted into the BA/MA program, students are required to complete 12 graduate credit hours for the combined 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