Concurrent BA - MA Program

The Philosophy Department offers a five-year program that leads to the concurrent awarding of both the B.A. and M.A in philosophy. Students who successfully complete this program receive the two degrees simultaneously, normally at the end of their fifth year of study.

Requirements for Admission

Course Requirements
The applicant must have taken all of the following courses and received an A-minus or better in each of them:

  • PHIL 2440: Symbolic Logic (or PHIL 4440, or PHIL 4460)
  • PHIL 3000: History of Philosophy, Ancient and Medieval, or PHIL 3010: History of Philosophy, Modern
  • PHIL 3100: Ethical Theory
  • PHIL 3480: Critical Thinking and Writing in Philosophy

Additionally, the applicant must either have taken PHIL 4300: Philosophy of Mind; PHIL 4340: Epistemology; PHIL 4360: Metaphysics; PHIL 4400: Philosophy of Science; or PHIL 4490: Philosophy of Language, earning a grade of A-minus or better, or be enrolled in one of those courses during the semester in which the student applies for admission to the B.A.-M.A. program. In the latter case, admission to the B.A.-M.A. program will not be decided until the student’s midterm grade for the 4000-level course in question has been furnished to the Graduate Admissions Committee; the midterm grade must be A-minus or better.

G.P.A.
The student must have an overall post-secondary G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.

Enrollment Status
Only currently enrolled University of Colorado Boulder students may be considered for admission to the program.

Transfer Students
Transfer students must complete at least twenty-four credit hours, with degree-seeking status, at U.C.-Boulder before applying to the program.

MAPS
Applicants may not have any MAPS deficiencies.

Application Process

Application Form
To apply to the B.A.-M.A. program, download and submit the application: https://www.colorado.edu/graduateschool/sites/default/files/attached-files/bama_app_8_2016_0.doc  

Letters of Recommendation
Please ask each of your letter-writers to submit a letter of recommendation to the Philosophy Department’s Associate Chair for Graduate Studies.

G.R.E.
Scores on the Graduate Records Examination need not be submitted.

Deadlines
A student can apply to this program no earlier than the second semester of his/her junior year. Fall applications must be received before October 25. Spring applications must be received by the Friday before Spring Break.

Commitment
Students who are admitted to the concurrent B.A.-M.A. degree program may not pursue a double-degree or double-major of any other kind.

Minimum Cumulative G.P.A.
All students enrolled in the concurrent B.A.-M.A. degree program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout their time in the program. The time limit for the program is 5 years.

Graduate Status
Students in the concurrent B.A.-M.A. degree program will automatically be changed to graduate status after the completion of 130 credit hours. Transfer and advanced placement hours are included when determining the total credit hours completed.

Curriculum

To complete the concurrent B.A.-M.A. program, the student will fulfill separately all requirements for the B.A. and thesis-based M.A., with the exception that two 4000-level courses can satisfy requirements for both the B.A. and the M.A. In addition to these two overlapping 4000-level courses, the student must complete all of the remaining requirements for the General Major in Philosophy (see http://www.colorado.edu/philosophy/sites/default/files/attached-files/major_reqs.pdf ), as well as all of the remaining requirements for the thesis-based M.A. in Philosophy (see http://www.colorado.edu/philosophy/graduate/ma-program ).

In order to make it possible for the student to finish both degrees in five years, the student will be required to take, during his/her fourth year, two graduate-level courses (5000-level or above), which will not count toward the student’s B.A. requirements. One of these two courses will be a three-credit version of PHIL 5840: Independent Study, to be taken in the second semester of the student’s fourth year. In this Independent Study, the student will work individually with his/her projected thesis advisor to identify a topic for the student’s M.A. thesis and will do research on that topic. This ensures that the student will enter his/her fifth year having done a significant amount of work on the master’s thesis project. During each semester of the student’s fifth year, s/he will typically take two 5000-level courses and three credits of master’s thesis hours. As indicated above, the two graduate-level courses taken during the student’s fourth year will not satisfy requirements for the B.A. Thus, the student must be in a position (perhaps as a result of having entered with AP credits or having taken summer courses at CU) to fit two demanding courses into his/her fourth-year schedule, in addition to whatever courses are needed to satisfy remaining B.A. requirements.

Note that beyond the required Independent Study course referred to above, no independent studies courses can be used to fulfill M.A. course requirements for students in the concurrent B.A.-M.A. program.

Sample Course of Study for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Years

Year 3, Semester 1

Courses                                                   Credits           Requirement(s) Satisfied

1

Phil 3000: History of Philosophy, Ancient and Medieval

3

Fulfills Major Requirement, prerequisite for admission to concurrent BA-MA program

2

Phil 3480 Critical Thinking & Writing in Philosophy

3

Fulfills Major Requirement, prerequisite for admission to concurrent BA-MA program

3

Phil 3100 Ethical Theory

3

Fulfills Major Requirement, prerequisite for admission to concurrent BA-MA program

4

Elective/Core Requirement/Minor Requirement

3

 

5

Elective/Core Requirement/Minor Requirement

3

 

 

Year 3, Semester 2

Courses                                                  Credits           Requirement(s) Satisfied

1

Phil 3010 History of Philosophy, Modern

3

Fulfills Major Requirement

2

PHIL 4300: Philosophy of Mind; PHIL 4360: Metaphysics; PHIL 4400: Philosophy of Science; or PHIL 4490: Philosophy of Language

3

Fulfills Major Requirement, prerequisite/co-requisite for admission to concurrent BA-MA program

3

Elective/Core Requirement/Minor Requirement

3

 

4

Elective/Core Requirement/Minor Requirement

3

 

5

Elective/Core Requirement/Minor Requirement

3

 

 

 

Year 4, Semester 1

Courses                                                  Credits        Requirement(s) Satisfied

1

2000- to 4000-level values course (for example, PHIL: 3200, Social and Political Philosophy)

3

Fulfills Major Requirement

2

4000-level history course (for example, PHIL 4040: Twentieth-Century Philosophy)

3

Fulfills Major Requirement and M.A. credit-hour requirement (overlapped course)

3

5000-level Course

3

Fulfills M.A. Requirement

4

Elective/Core Requirement/Minor Requirement

 

 

5

Elective/Core Requirement/Minor Requirement

 

 

 

Year 4, Semester 2

Title                                                        Credits       Requirement(s) Satisfied

1

PHIL 4340: Epistemology

3

Fulfills major requirement

2

4000-level PHIL course

3

Fulfills major requirement and MA credit-hour requirement (overlapped course)

3

5000-level Independent Study (begin work on M.A. thesis)

3

Fulfills M.A. credit-hour requirement and condition for enrollment in concurrent B.A.-M.A. Program

4

Elective/Core Requirement/Minor Requirement

3

 

5

Elective/Core Requirement/Minor Requirement

3

 

 

Year 5, Semester 1

  Course                                                   Credits           Requirement(s) Satisfied    

1

5000- or 6000-level course in history of philosophy

3

Fulfills M.A. credit-hour and history requirement

2

5000- or 6000-level course in values

3

Fulfills M.A. credit-hour and requirement in ethics and social or political philosophy

3

Thesis hours

3

Fulfills M.A. thesis-hour requirements

 

Year 5, Semester 2

  Course                                                   Credits           Requirement(s) Satisfied        

1

5000- or 6000-level course in M&E

3

Fulfills M.A. credit-hour and M&E requirement

2

5000- or 6000-level Philosophy Elective

3

Fulfills M.A. credit-hour requirement

3

Thesis hours

3

Fulfills M.A. thesis-hour requirement

During the second semester of Year 5, the student must successfully defend his/her master’s thesis in an oral examination before a committee consisting of the student’s thesis advisor and two other regular faculty members.

Withdrawing from the Program
If a student chooses to withdraw from the B.A.-M.A. concurrent degree program, any graduate courses completed satisfactorily will count toward the undergraduate degree, as upper division electives or as replacements for the corresponding senior-level courses (5300 for 4300, 5110 for 4110, etc.). In order for those courses to count towards the B.A. degree, the student must file a Change of Major Requirement form with the Primary Advisor during the semester prior to the one in which the student expects to earn the B.A. Consult the Graduate Advisor for further information and advice.

Advising
Students accepted to the B.A.-M.A. program must consult initially with the departmental graduate advisor in choosing courses. The student may later change to an advisor in his/her specific area of interest with the permission of the department chair or the graduate advisor.

Administering the Program
The program will be administered jointly by the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, with assistance from the Graduate Program Assistant and the Graduate and Undergraduate Curriculum Committees. The Graduate Admissions Committee will review applications to the program.

Documentation of Progress
The Graduate School and the College of Arts and Sciences require special documents recording progress in the concurrent B.A.-M.A. program. In addition to the regular undergraduate Completion of Major Form that is completed with the help of the Primary Advisor during the semester before the one in which the student intends to graduate, and the forms normally required for the master's degree (notably the Application for the Admission to Candidacy for an Advanced Degree), the student must complete the following special forms:

  • Concurrent Bachelor's/Master's Degree Mid-program Review
  • Recommendation for Advancement to Graduate Status (filed at the end of the senior year)
  • Concurrent Bachelor's/Master’s Degree Program Supplement to the Application for the Admission to Candidacy (filed at the same time as the Application for the Admission to Candidacy for an Advanced Degree)
  • Concurrent Bachelor's/Master's Certificate of Completion of the Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree (filed early in the semester in which the degrees are to be conferred, at the same time that the Master's Diploma Card is submittedstudent applies online to graduate; see the form itself for details. It is important to keep track of your total credit hours for graduation. A BA degree by itself requires 120 credit hours, and an MA degree by itself requires 30 credit hours; however, the BA/MA program requires only a total of 144 credit hours. The lower number of total credit hours is possible because 6 credit hours of your graduate coursework are double-counted towards both degrees.