Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Five-Year BA/MA Program

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

  • Be a declared undergraduate LUC History major
  • Have junior status at LUC based on credit hours earned
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 for course work at LUC
  • Have earned at least a 3.7 GPA in a minimum of five completed History courses at LUC, three of which must be at the 300-level
  • Begin their senior year with 27-30 total credits in their History major
  • Have completed HIST 299: Historical Methods before beginning senior year
  • Meet the application deadline of March 15 of junior year

The Curriculum:

Students in a BA/MA combined degree program begin graduate courses during the first semester of their senior year. To complete the program, students earn a total of 30 credit hours during their senior year and graduate career. Twelve 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.

During your senior year:

  • Take the required 3-credit introductory-level graduate course (HIST 400: Contemporaty Approaches to History) and another 400-level course during the Fall semester
  • Take two 400-level courses or 1 400-level course and one 500-level course in the Spring semester

These courses can fulfill the 300-level requirements and/or electives or general electives for the BA and the MA degree.

During your graduate year:

  • Take 18 credits: three graduate courses in the Fall semester and three in the Spring semester. If a student did not take a 500-level seminar during their senior year, they must take two rather than one 500-level seminar during their graduate career.
  • Take your comprehensive field examination at the end of the Spring semester.

Please note: Only 12 hours can be completed during your senior year. All other graduate courses MUST be taken during the graduate year.

This course distribution reflects a student entering the BA/MA Program on the traditional pathway, i.e., starting in the Fall of the senior year and taking courses in both semesters of the senior year. Students who graduate in the Fall of their senior year or who have a significant amount of transfer credit will have a schedule that reflects their more individualized pathway. They may not, for example, be able to take all 12 of the hours allowed during their senior year and, as a result, their particular degree completion plan may vary from the plan outlined above.

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. 


Please click here to start the application process.