Accelerated BA to MA in History Program Policy

Please see the Graduate College’s Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program webpage and official Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program Policy for information pertaining to all Accelerated Programs.

Admissions Requirements

Students interested in pursuing the Accelerated Bachelor of Arts in History to Master of Arts in History Program must complete the following application requirements:  

1.      By the start of the student’s Accelerated 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;

2.      A completed Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program Application;

3.      Official transcripts from all universities attended;

4.      At least two letters of recommendation from a full-time BGSU faculty member, preferably, and no less than one, from graduate faculty within the student’s major or targeted graduate program;

5.      Statement of Purpose describing how the History MA program aligns with applicant’s professional objectives; 

6.      Writing Sample: A research paper of at least 12 pages in length that is heavily based upon the analysis of primary documents and situated within the broader scholarship.

Accelerated BA to MA in History Program Plan  

Students enrolled in the Accelerated BA to MA in History Program 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 in History program.  In order to complete this plan in an accelerated format, it is strongly recommended that students choose a Plan II option (non-thesis).  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. 

Undergraduate Accelerated Status (limited to 9 credits maximum)

Courses that may be taken while an undergraduate student with Undergraduate Accelerated Status that will overlap between the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees:

HIST 5XXX (any 5000-level HIST Course)

HIST 6XXX (a 6000-level HIST Course with the approval of the History Graduate Program Coordinator)

Graduate Accelerated Status

Courses to be taken once the bachelor’s degree has been completed and the student is fully enrolled as a graduate student in the History master’s program:

            Any required or elective courses not taken while in Undergraduate Accelerated Status.

Capstone Experience:

            Choose ONE:

Plan I: 

HIST 6990: Thesis Research

Plan II:

Exams

Public History Capstone Project

[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).