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Combined Degree Program

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

DePaul Undergraduate Degree + Critical Ethnic Studies (MA)

Critical Ethnic Studies offers a combined program that allows students the opportunity to complete a bachelor's degree in any major while also taking courses that can count towards a master's degree in Critical Ethnic Studies. This program is open to all majors at DePaul University. Students apply in the spring of their junior year. Interested students should contact the Critical Ethnic Studies (CES) graduate director at ces@depaul.edu​. ​

During the senior year, admitted students take three graduate-level courses that double-count toward undergraduate and graduate requirements. Students beginning the MA portion of the combined degree program will receive the Double Demon Scholarship which covers 25% of the tuition on the remaining MA courses.

In the senior year students complete:

Course Title Quarter Hours
CES 401CRITICAL ETHNIC STUDIES4
Select two of the following:8
CES 402
MOBILITY AND THE STATE
CES 403
CITIES AND RACIAL FORMATION
CES 404
BORDERS AND MIGRATION
or INT 404
MIGRATION AND FORCED MIGRATION
CES 405
RACE AND THE MEDIA
or CMNS 563
MULTICULTURAL MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS

Once the student has graduated with their undergraduate degree, they will matriculate into the MA Program. As MA Students, the students take the remaining nine courses toward the MA degree – usually students will take three graduate courses per quarter in order to complete the MA in the one additional year. Students may also wish to take one of these courses during the summer. See MA degree requirements​.​​​​

Application Instructions and Requirements

Current DePaul undergraduate students with junior status (at least 88.0 credits) and a cumulative DePaul grade point average of 3.00, outside and within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, are encouraged to apply to the combined bachelor’s + master’s degree program in Critical Ethnic Studies.

Students must submit the following to the Graduate Admission Office at graddepaul@depaul.edu no later than the end of the spring quarter of their Junior year:

  • Critical Ethnic Studies BA/MA Application Form
  • Personal Statement/statement of purpose (300-500 words)
  • Writing sample (academic writing of approximately 2,000 words)
  • Letters of recommendation are not required but can be submitted to strengthen an application

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