Earn your degree in as few as five years Combined BA/MA in International Studies

SIS offers students the opportunity to earn both an undergraduate and a graduate degree through its combined bachelor's/master's program, which can be completed in as few as five years. The BA/MA program is an opportunity for advanced undergraduate students to begin a masters degree program before completing the bachelors degree. Beginning the MA before completing the BA allows students to take courses that can be used to fulfill both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements, saving students both time and money. Courses that are taken to fulfill both graduate and undergraduate degree requirements are called double-counted or shared credits.

Students must meet the minimum university requirements for combined bachelor's/master's programs. Additional admission requirements include:

  • Completion of 75 credit hours
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.50
  • Minimum 3.50 grade point average in SIS courses
  • Formal application
  • Written faculty recommendation
  • Essay on the student's academic interests and abilities in international affairs.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required. Interested students should contact the SIS Graduate Admissions Office at sisgrad@american.edu. Undergraduate students may apply up to 15 credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework to satisfy the requirements for both degrees. A minimum of 18 credit hours in graduate studies must be completed in residence after the undergraduate degree has been awarded.

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