The BA/MA Program offers two distinct master’s degree pathways:

Track 1: MA in Curriculum & Instruction + Teaching Licensure

If you are interested in becoming a licensed teacher in Colorado and integrating ethnic studies materials into K-12 settings, this track is for you.

Applications should include:

  1. Three letters of reference. Two letters must come from professors with whom you have taken Ethnic Studies or Education courses. The third letter may be from a professor, instructor, or supervisor in a community or educational setting.
  2. Personal Statement.
  3. 25 Hours of Youth Experience.
  4. Colorado Department of Education authorized fingerprint card and required Colorado Department of Education fee.

Curriculum

All students must pursue the non-thesis option for the MA and satisfy the MA comprehensive examination requirement. The comprehensive examination requirement is satisfied by the successful completion of the teacher research project during the capstone course, EDUC 6964: Inquiry in the Content Areas. A total of 144 credit hours are required; up to six credit hours can be counted for both degrees. Consult your advisor to chart your degree plan.


Track 2: MA in Educational Foundations, Policy, and Practice

If you are interested in becoming an educator or research scholar poised to make a positive impact on education policy, this pathway is well-suited for you.

Applications should include:

  1. Three letters of reference. Two letters must come from professors with whom you have taken Ethnic Studies or Education courses. The third letter may be from a professor, instructor, or supervisor in a community or educational setting.
  2. Personal Statement.

Curriculum

All students must pursue the non-thesis option for the MA degree and satisfy the MA comprehensive examination requirement. There are two options for satisfying the comprehensive examination requirement: a major paper or take-home comprehensive examination. Each is followed by a 60-90 minute oral examination with a faculty committee. A total of 144 credit hours are required; up to six credit hours can be counted for both degrees. Consult your advisor to chart your degree plan.


Admissions

You may apply at the beginning of your junior year or at anytime thereafter prior to completion of your undergraduate studies. Applications are submitted to and reviewed by the School of Education.

All applicants must:

  1. Have declared Ethnic Studies as a major.
  2. Have completed all MAPS requirements.
  3. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Continuation in the Program

Once admitted, students must:

  1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  2. Complete 6 credits of graduate-level coursework by the second semester of senior year.

The BA/MA has a required 5-year time limit. You must complete all requirements for the BA by the end of your 8th semester and complete all requirements for the MA by the end of your final (5th) year.