5-Year B.A./M.A. Program

The five-year B.A./M.A. in English allows undergraduate English majors at John Carroll University to complete both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English in five years. The program is designed so that English majors meet all of the requirements for graduation in both degree programs. Students can apply for admission to the M.A. program in the spring of their junior year, begin taking graduate courses in their senior year, complete their undergraduate major in their senior year, and complete the M.A. in their fifth year. Both the Literature and Writing tracks can be pursued in the five-year program.

Since one course cannot “double count” for two degrees, the courses taken for the M.A. may not draw upon courses taken for the B.A. In other words, M.A. courses taken while a senior must be in excess of the credits necessary for the B.A. However, with careful planning, an ambitious student can still complete the M.A. in one additional year.

Tuition for graduate courses in the senior year is included in the flat tuition rate for 12-18 credit hours. Up to six credits of graduate work can be part of an undergraduate student’s full-time financial aid package, which means that six credits of M.A. work can receive financial aid, depending on the student’s status. Tuition in the fifth year is the graduate per-credit tuition rate. There is a 25% discount in the fifth year for JCU fifth-year students. Federal aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans also is available.

Admission Requirements

Interested students need to apply for conditional admission in the spring of their junior year, pending their final junior-year grades. The terms for acceptance are as follows: an overall undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 or higher; a GPA of 3.3 in their English courses thus far; and a complete M.A. application, which includes two favorable letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and a personal statement. Students are not required to take the GRE. Students whose grades do not meet the minimum criterion may opt to submit a GRE score that may be used to help the student gain admission. To maintain their acceptance in the program, the students must graduate with a 3.0 GPA overall.

Sample Academic Plan

  • Spring of junior year: apply for admission to the M.A. program.
  • Senior year: complete undergraduate major. Enroll in one 500-level English class in the fall of senior year, and one 500-level English class in the spring of senior year.
  • Summer after senior year; enroll in two M.A. courses.
  • Fifth year: take six M.A. courses (three per semester), and take one area exam during the regularly offered M.A. exam period in January.
  • May of fifth year: participate in Commencement exercises (optional).
  • Summer after fifth year: finish M.A. essay; receive August diploma.