Accelerated B.A./M.A.

Please note that the official FIU Graduate Catalog provides the most complete and accurate description of degree requirements. Be sure to consult the Catalog in History for the year of admission when determining admissions criteria and courses for degree.

This combined B.A./M.A. degree program allows our highly qualified undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue a Master's degree in History while they are completing their undergraduate studies. Students who pursue this track must complete all requirements for the undergraduate history major, including the prerequisites and the senior seminar, our capstone course. As part of their joint degree, students will enroll in three courses at the 5000 level (9 credits). After completing all undergraduate credits, including the double-counted courses, students will receive the B.A. In the summer following receipt of the B.A., they will take a minimum of three credit hours at the graduate level. In their final year, they will take 18 credit hours at the graduate level, including a two-semester research seminar (6 credits), the Historical Methods graduate class (3 credits), and graduate seminars (9 credits). Students must complete all credits within a year of receiving the History B.A.

Entrance Requirements

  • Formal applicants must be in the second semester of their junior year. Students who are interested in pursuing this program should make their intentions known to the undergraduate and graduate advisors as soon as possible.
  • Applicants must have a 3.25 GPA overall and a 3.5 GPA in History courses taken at FIU.
  • Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation from full-time FIU History professors at any rank.
  • The History Department’s Graduate Committee will make the final decision regarding admission to the program.

Credit/Course Requirements

Senior Year

  • In their senior year, students will complete three 5000-level History courses (9 credits).
  • In their fourth year, students will also complete the exit requirement for the undergraduate History major, the Senior Seminar, HIS 4935 (3 credits).
  • Students must apply for graduation so that they will receive the B.A. at the end of their senior year.

Fifth Year

  • In the summer after the senior year (between years four and five), students will take at least 3 graduate credits. These can be taken in the form of a graduate independent study (HIS 5908), a public history internship (HIS 6942), or a dedicated graduate course.
  • Those students who graduate in the Fall semester will take a full load in the Spring and then complete these credits the following Summer (3 credits).

During the fifth year, students will complete 18 hours of graduate-level work, including the following (this sequence begins in Fall only):

  • one two-semester (6 credits) graduate research seminar
  • Historical Methods graduate course, HIS 6059
  • three Courses at the 5000 or 6000 level (5000-level courses taken in the fifth year may not be cross-listed with 4000-level courses)

All students must complete the M.A. credits within one year of receiving the B.A. in History at FIU.