Accelerated BA/MA in History

Accelerated Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in History

This accelerated BA/MA degree pathway allows our highly qualified undergraduate students the chance to pursue a master's degree in History while they are completing their undergraduate studies. Applicants must meet the admissions criteria for the graduate degree program to which they are applying.

This accelerated pathway involves intensive study and although it may shorten the time that it takes to earn the master's degree, the time commitment and application required are both significant. Accordingly, applicants must discuss their intentions with the Department Faculty Advisor and obtain approval before making any formal application to the program.

Please consult the FIU Catalog for the most complete and accurate degree description and requirements. Select the year of admission, then Graduate, then Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, then History for more information.

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Degree requirements

Students who pursue this track must complete all requirements for the undergraduate history major, including the prerequisites and the senior seminar, our capstone course.

In their final year, they will take a total of 21 credit hours at the graduate level, including a two-semester Research Seminar (6 credits), Historical Methods (3 credits), and graduate seminars (12 credits). Students in program earn both a bachelor's and master's at an accelerated pace.

  • Fourth year

    In their senior year, students must:

    • Complete three 5000-level History courses (9 credits).
    • Complete the Senior Seminar, HIS 4935 (3 credits) - the exit requirement for the undergraduate History major.
    • Apply for graduation so that they will receive the BA at the end of their senior year.

    Students will be advised to take one graduate class and the senior seminar in the first semester of their senior year, and two graduate classes in the second semester of their senior year.

  • Fifth year

    During the fifth year, students will complete 21 hours of graduate level work, including the following:

    • One two-semester; History Graduate Research Seminar - begins in Fall only (6 credits)
    • Graduate Methods Course, HIS 6059 (3 credits)
    • Four courses at the 5000 or 6000 level - 5000-level courses taken in the fifth year may not be cross-listed with 4000-level courses (12 credits)

    Students are expected to finish their MA coursework within a year of receiving their BA. Students who do not finish with a year may continue in the program at the discretion of the Graduate Program Director.


  • 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 2 letters of recommendation from full-time FIU History professors at any rank.
  • Applicants must write a statement of purpose and submit a writing sample that is relevant to the discipline.
  • The History Department’s Graduate Committee will make the final decision regarding admission to the program.

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