The B.A./M.A. option in Medieval and Renaissance Studies allows exceptional current Columbia undergraduates (Columbia College, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of General Studies, and Barnard College) interested in medieval and/or renaissance studies to start graduate coursework while in the final year of their degree.
Applicants interested in the B.A./M.A. option should apply the semester before the one in which they intend to begin taking courses that will count toward the M.A. Prospective applicants must consult the Program Director before applying. This consultation is a required part of the application process and must take place before a B.A./M.A. application may be submitted.
If admitted to the program, students take graduate-level coursework while still enrolled as undergraduates, and take classes in excess of the credit requirements for the B.A. Students then apply those extra credits toward the M.A. after they have graduated. Students utilizing the B.A./M.A. option enter our M.A. program with advanced standing: they can be credited with up to three courses at the 4000 level or above (for between 9 and 12 credits), and up to 0.5 Residence Units. Once they are enrolled, students work toward completing the remaining requirements for the M.A.