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Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degrees

The combined Bachelor's/Master's degree programs allow students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates. These three graduate level courses will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies (BA) offers two options:

  • ​​ Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies (BA)/Journalism (MA)
  • Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies (BA)/Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (MS)
Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies students also have the opportunity to pursue any combined program that is open to all undergraduate majors, such as the combined programs offered by the College of Communication.​

Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies (BA)/Journalism (MA)

Students with junior status who have earned a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.25 in their major courses and 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher are eligible to apply to the program. Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate Admission office by May 1 (priority deadline): 

  • BA/MA Combined Degree Program Application
  • Official undergraduate transcript
  • Statement of Purpose (750 words) explaining why the student is seeking admission into the program
  • A writing sample or project that demonstrates the applicant’s ability in journalism
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors in the Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies Program

During their senior year, students complete 12 graduate credit hours of Journalism coursework, including JOUR 518; these credit hours will apply to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students admitted to the program must earn a B or better in each of the three graduate courses they take as a senior. If a student fails to meet the GPA requirement, they will not be allowed to continue as a graduate student in the program.

Students can defer their graduate admission for one year. If students do not matriculate after completing their BA degrees or within the one year deferral period, the graduate courses taken as undergraduate students will no longer count towards the graduate degree and students must reapply for admission to the graduate program. See further information on the Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Program​ in the Undergraduate Student Handbook.​​​​

Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies (BA)/Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (MS)

During their senior year, students complete 12 graduate credit hours of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies  coursework, including FMS 402 , MPS 616, and MPH 553;   these credit hours will apply to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students are not permitted to take more than three graduate courses in their senior year.

Students with junior status who have earned a 3.50 cumulative GPA or higher are eligible to apply to the program. Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate Admission office by May 1 (priority deadline): 

  • ​BA/MA Combined Degree Program Application
  • Official undergraduate transcript
  • Statement of Purpose (750 words) explaining why the student is seeking admission into the program
  • A writing sample or project that demonstrates the applicant’s knowledge of refugee issues
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors in the Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies Program

Students admitted to the program must earn a B or better in each of the three graduate courses they take as a senior. If a student fails to meet the GPA requirement, they will not be allowed to continue as a graduate student in the program.​​

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