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Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degrees

The English Department offers combined degree programs that allow selected students to complete both BA and the MA degrees in a single program. Full-time students are able to complete the program in approximately five years.

Students apply to this program in the last quarter of their junior-year status; interested students should meet with the director of the program. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.50 in English and 3.30 overall.  For a full list of requirements and programs, see the University Catalog

Students in this program take 12 graduate credit hours in their senior year; these graduate courses apply toward both undergraduate and graduate English requirements.

English (BA) / Writing and Publishing (MA) Application Guidelines

The BA/MAWP is available to English majors with concentrations in either Creative Writing or Literary Studies. Applicants must be English majors in their junior year (between 88 and 138 quarter hours).  Interested students should contact the Combined Degree Coordinator for application deadlines, which vary by quarter.


Applicants should have a minimum grade point average of 3.50 in English and 3.30 overall, and should have completed at least the two core courses, required in both concentrations, English 220 Reading Poetry, English 221 Reading Prose, and two creative writing workshops beyond English 201: Introduction to Creative Writing. Students who are in the process of completing these requirements during the quarter of application may be conditionally admitted pending successful completion of the courses.


Applicants should complete and print the BA/MAWP application​ and drop off a hard copy at the LAS Graduate Admission Offices, located within the Welcome Center on the Lincoln Park Campus. They should also request a copy of their DePaul transcripts be sent to the LAS Graduate Admissions Office. In addition, the application requires a one-page statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. The sample must consist of approximately 15 pages of creative writing submitted for an English course or courses, with the instructor’s comments. The statement, letters of recommendation and writing sample should be either dropped off or mailed to:


Ms. Jan Hickey​
Assistant Director of Graduate Programs in English
2315 N. Kenmore Ave., Suite 312
Chicago, IL 60614

The Combined Degree Coordinator is Professor Michele Moran​o. Please contact Professor Morano for applications and further information.

English (BA) / English (MA) Application Guidelines


The BA/MAE is available to English majors with concentrations in either Creative Writing or Literary Studies. Applicants must be English majors in their junior year (between 88 and 131 quarter hours). The deadline for applications is March 15 of the junior year (if applying to begin the program during the following Autumn quarter). Those applying to begin the program during either a Winter or Spring quarter should consult with the Combined Degree Coordinator to set up an appropriate alternative deadline.


Applicants should have a minimum grade point average of 3.50 in English and 3.30 overall, and should have completed at least English 220, English 221, and two 300-level English courses. Students who are in the process of completing these requirements during the quarter of application may be conditionally admitted pending successful completion of the courses.


Applicants should complete and print the BA/MAE application and drop off a hard copy at the LAS Graduate Admission Offices, located within the Welcome Center on the Lincoln Park Campus. The application requires a one-page statement of purpose and a writing sample. The sample must be a copy of a paper submitted for an English course, with the instructor's comments on it. They should also request a copy of their DePaul transcripts be sent to the LAS Graduate Admissions Office. 


Applicants are advised to consult with the Combined Degree Coordinator, Professor Megan Heffernan​, before submitting the application.


Successful applicants will be notified by April 15 and should then consult the Combined Degree Coordinator about their autumn class schedules.

English (BA)/Secondary Education English (MED)

Students interested in the program should consult Dr. Robert Meyer, TEACH Program Advisor for English, or see the University Catalog.