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Combined Bachelor's/Master's

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. Students apply to these programs in the spring of their junior year; interested students should contact Dr. Shailja Sharma at

Combined degree options:

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

Admission Criteria

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)
  • A writing sample or project that demonstrates the applicant’s knowledge of refugee issues
  • Two letters of recommendation

Program Standards

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.​​​