Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Five-Year BA/MA Program

The combined BA and MA degree program in History integrates Loyola University Chicago’s (LUC) current History degree programs at the undergraduate and master levels. The program provides specially selected History majors with the opportunity to more efficiently move through two degrees and thereby jump-start their professional development by completing two degrees in five rather than six years. Graduates of this program are well prepared to pursue a PhD in History, to apply to a professional school, or to seek a teaching position at the post-secondary level.

The combined degree will be available for only the MA degree in History (not the program for the MA in Public History).

To apply to the BA/MA program, a student must:

  1. Be a declared undergraduate LUC History major
  2. Have junior status at LUC based on credit hours earned
  3. Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 for course work at LUC
  4. Have earned at least a 3.7 GPA in at least five completed History courses at LUC, three of which must be at the 300 level
  5. Have completed HIST 299 - Historical Methods (or HIST 291) before beginning senior year

A student should apply for admission to this program by March 15th of her/his junior year by submitting a transcript, a writing sample, a one-page statement of purpose, and a recommendation from two full-time faculty members of the History Department. Transfer students may apply at the end of their second semester as a junior, or once they have met criteria #4 above. They should submit both their LUC transcript and a transcript from their previous institution. Admission to the program is highly competitive and will depend upon a positive review of credentials by the department's Graduate Program Committee. The Graduate Program Director will coordinate this program, working with the Director of Undergraduate Programs to advise students on their applications and to assure there is no significant overlap between courses completed at the undergraduate and those at the graduate levels.

The Curriculum:

Students in a BA/MA program begin graduate courses during the first semester of their senior year. To complete the program, students will have to earn a total of 27 credit hours during their senior year and graduate career. Nine of those hours can count towards both the undergraduate major and the graduate degree.  No graduate courses will be taken during the freshman, sophomore, or junior years.

Pre-requisites: Students in the combined degree program begin their senior year with 27–30 total credits in their History major, including the successful completion of HIST 291.

During your senior year:

  • Take the required 3-credit introductory-level graduate course (HIST 400) in the fall semester;
  • Take an additional 6-credits of graduate classes in the fall or spring semesters:
    • One of these courses should be one of the two approved undergraduate seminars: HIST 397: History Honors Tutorial (fall) or NLUS: Newberry Library Seminar (spring), as these courses fulfill one of the 500-level graduate seminar requirements
    • The other 400-level course can fulfill the 300-level requirements or electives for the major toward the BA and your Master’s Degree

During your graduate year:

  • Take 18 credits: three graduate courses in the fall semester and three in the spring semester. One of those courses should be a 500-level seminar;
  • Take your qualifying examination at the end of the spring semester.

Please note: Only 9 hours can be completed during your senior year. All other graduate courses MUST be taken during the graduate year.

Research Tool Requirement

All students must demonstrate competence in one research skill (e.g., oral history, digital humanities, or a reading knowledge of a foreign language) appropriate to their major field. 


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