Combined BA/MA Degree Program

BA-MA Students in 2016

The B.A./M.A. program in linguistics is a demanding, selective option that allows students who are well prepared and well motivated to complete the requirements for both degrees in five years rather than the usual six. 

Admission to the program has two stages. In the first stage, interested students first consult with the undergraduate program director and one or more faculty members and then apply to be admitted to the program by the sixth week of the first quarter of their junior year. Transfer students should consult with the undergraduate program director if they are contempating this program. In order to be accepted at this first stage, the students must have demonstrated excellence in at least three courses that are named requirements for the linguistics major.

Students accepted at this initial stage are assigned a faculty mentor who monitors their progress closely.

At the second stage of the admission procedure, students apply in their senior year to be admitted to the M.A. program through UCSC’s normal graduate admissions process (application information). If accepted, ideally they complete the course requirements for the M.A. and complete and defend the M.A. thesis by the end of their fifth year.

Students in the B.A./M.A. program take a number of graduate courses in their senior year, which are selected in close consultation with the faculty mentor. Performance in these courses forms a central part of the ongoing evaluation process. If a student’s performance does not meet the standards set for the program, the student completes the B.A. at the end of the senior year and does not proceed to the M.A.

Graduate courses required for the M.A. are taken partly in the senior year and partly in the fifth year. The M.A. thesis is written in the fifth year. Thus, by the end of their fifth year, students in the program will have fulfilled the requirements for both the B.A. and the M.A. degrees. Students who need additional time may remain in the program until the M.A. thesis is completed and defended.

PLEASE NOTE: Students admitted into the BA/MA program must complete a minimum of 35 units as an M.A. student, regardless of the number of graduate courses completed as an undergraduate. If a student completes the core M.A. requirements as an undergraduate, s/he should speak with the graduate director (or faculty advisor) to create an academic course plan consisting of independent study and graduate seminar courses, necessary to meet the 35-unit threshold, which is a requirement of UCSC's Division of Graduate Students (please refer to: http://graddiv.ucsc.edu/current-students/academic-regulations/graduate-student-handbook/section-eleven.html).