Accelerated BA to MA in German Studies at BGSU Program Policy

Students who wish to work toward both a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree German Studies may do so in our Accelerated BA to MA program if the student meets all application requirements. This accelerated plan provides the opportunity for students to complete both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in an efficient and effective format, normally in five year.  Undergraduate students who meet all the application requirements and are selected for enrollment into the MA program earn Pre-Master’s status as an undergraduate until they are officially graduated with their Bachelor’s degree and earn Graduate Student Status.  Once having earned Pre-Master’s status, an undergraduate student is able to enroll in the graduate courses and follow the program plan outlined in the attached Accelerated BA to MA in German Studies Program Plan.

Admissions Requirements

Students interested in pursuing the Accelerated BA to MA in German Studies Program Plan must complete the following application requirements:
    1. By the start of Pre-Master’s status, they must have either:
        - 75 credit hours earned and an overall BGSU GPA of at least 3.2[1], or
        - 90 credit hours earned and an overall BGSU GPA of at least 3.0;
        - and have completed at least one 3000-level course other than GERM 3000.
    2. A completed Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program Application;
    3. Transcripts from the registration and records office at BGSU[2];
    4. At least one letter of recommendation from a full-time BGSU faculty member, preferably, from graduate faculty within the student’s major or targeted graduate program;
    5. Submit a statement of purpose.

Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Graduate College Policies

Student Status Once accepted into an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program, the student remains coded as an undergraduate student with Pre-Master’s status and officially becomes coded as a graduate student once the student has earned the bachelor’s degree.  The student’s coding as an undergraduate or graduate student is associated with other BGSU policies pertaining to degree status.

Credit hour policies The following policies apply to students in all Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s programs.

  1. After being accepted into an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program, students may take up to 12 credit hours of graduate credit while maintaining undergraduate status.
  2. Subject to program approval, students may apply a maximum of 12 credit hours to both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.  However, the ability to apply credit hours to both the undergraduate and graduate degree is influenced by each program’s minimum credit hour requirements (see policy #3).  Please note, credit hours will only appear once on the Academic transcript.  Because the German Studies MA program includes the state of Ohio minimum of 30 credit hours, very few students will be permitted to dual count courses for both the Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree. 
  3. At the end of both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a student must have a minimum of 150 discrete semester credit hours (120 + 30 = 150 state of Ohio regulated minimum credits).  However, it is also the case that if a graduate program is an approved program for more than 30 credit hours (e.g., 36), then students must have successfully taken at least that number of graduate credit hours (e.g., 36) somewhere on their transcripts.
  4. Pre-Master’s students may enroll in 5000 and 6000 level graduate classes (not 7000).
  5. All graduate policies pertaining to graduate credit hours, time to degree, and other regulations are also applicable to Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program students.

Tuition Students enrolled in Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s programs with Pre-Master’s status will pay tuition at the undergraduate rate through the completion of the bachelor’s degree.  Thereafter, students will be coded as graduate students and pay the graduate rate for tuition and fees.

Financial Aid Students will be eligible for financial aid based on their BGSU student status as either an undergraduate or graduate student.  During a student’s Pre-Master’s status, they remain coded as undergraduate students and may be eligible for financial aid but not graduate assistantships. Once students become regularly admitted graduate students with full graduate student status, they may be eligible for graduate-level financial assistance, including graduate assistantships with stipends and/or graduate tuition scholarships.

Program Withdrawal A student admitted to an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program with a Pre-Master’s status may withdraw from the program and continue as a traditional undergraduate student toward the completion of the bachelor’s degree.

Program Dismissal Students who fail to maintain minimum requirements for adequate academic graduate standing will lose Pre-Master’s status, and as a result will be unable to continue taking graduate level courses. Under these conditions, if adequate standing is maintained for their undergraduate program, the student may continue in the bachelor’s degree program.

                                                    Accelerated BA to MA German Studies Program Plan  

Students enrolled in the accelerated BA to MA program in German Studies should follow the following course schedule for planning out graduate work that begins while still enrolled as an undergraduate student, followed by the courses taken when fully enrolled as a graduate student in the MA program.  In order to complete this plan in an accelerated format (4 years undergraduate + 1 year graduate), it is strongly recommended that students choose the Plan II option (non-thesis) in German. Students who choose the thesis option should expect the completion of their master’s degree program to take longer than an additional extra (5th) year.

Pre-Master’s Status (limited to 12 credits maximum)

Students may take any of the courses that are offered for the German MA program while in Pre-Master’s status. However, it is strongly recommended to take 5000-level courses earlier in the graduate career:

            GERM 5150. The German Film (3 credits)
            GERM 5160. Contemporary Austria* (3 credits)
            GERM 5170. Advanced Composition and Conversation (2-4 credits)
            GERM 5190. German Drama Workshop (1-5 credits)
            GERM 5200. Linguistics* (3 credits)
            GERM 5450. Writer and Work (2 credits)
            GERM 5800.Seminar in German (3 credits)
            GERM 5820. Selected Topics in German (1-4 credits)
            GERM 5850. Directed Readings (1-3 credits)       
            GERM 5890. Internship in German* (1-6 credits)
            GERM 6010. Introduction to Graduate Study* (credits 3)
            GERM 6030. Translation* (German-English) (1-2 credits)
            GERM 6040. Translation* (English- German) (1-2credits)
            GERM 6150. German Culture and Civilization (3 credits)
            GERM 6160. Contemporary Germany (3 credits)
            GERM 6210. Survey of German Lit I* (3 credits)
            GERM 6220. Survey of German Lit II* (3 credits)
            GERM 6700. Teaching College German (1-3 credits)
            GERM 6800. German Seminar (3 credits)
            GERM 6970. Supervised Practicum in Teaching (1-3 credits)

*Offered in Salzburg, Austria

Master’s Degree Graduate Student Status

Courses to be taken once graduated with a bachelor’s degree and fully enrolled as a graduate student in German studies:       
        Any required or elective German courses not taken in the list above while in Pre-Master’s Status

Capstone Experience:

    Choose ONE:
            Plan I:
                German 6990. Thesis Research (3-6 credits)
            Plan II:
                German 6980. Readings for Comprehensive Exams (3 credits)

                                                                   Language Examination

Language Proficiency Examination:  All students (non-native speakers of German) must pass the Austrian State Exam (B2 - Österreichisches Sprachdiplom) or the equivalent level according to the ACTFL Guidelines.

[1] For the purposes of this policy, BGSU GPA is calculated based on BGSU credits only. However, credits transferred into BGSU may be counted as part of credit hours earned (not GPA).
[2] The graduate college will obtain these records.