B.A./M.A. in Asian Studies

Combined BA/MA in Asian Studies

The combined BA/MA degree program allows highly qualified undergraduate students to pursue an accelerated MA degree in Asian Studies. Students accepted into this program will be able to complete the MA degree as early as one year sooner than would otherwise be possible. Students accepted into the Asian Studies Honors track are particularly encouraged to apply for this program.

To be considered for admission to the combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program, students must have completed at least 75-90 credits in the bachelor’s degree program at FIU and meet the admissions criteria for the graduate degree program to which they are applying. Students need only apply once to the combined degree program, but the application must be submitted to Graduate Admissions before the student starts the last 30 credits of the bachelor’s degree program.

A student admitted to the combined degree program will be considered to have undergraduate status until the student applies for graduation from their bachelor’s degree program. Upon conferral of the bachelor’s degree, the student will be granted graduate status and be eligible for graduate assistantships. Only 5000-level or higher courses, and no more than the number of credits specified by the program catalog, may be applied toward both degrees.

A complete application requires:

  • Current enrollment in BA program in Asian Studies at FIU
  • Completion of 90 credits of undergraduate coursework
  • Overall GPA of 3.2
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose discussing interests in the field

Students should consult the graduate catalog and the Asian Studies website for a more comprehensive discussion of admission requirements ( Asian Studies Catalog).

The program gives students the opportunity to take up to 9 credits of graduate coursework in the second semester of their senior year that will count towards both the BA and the MA. Students may take up to three 5000-level or higher graduate courses in the second semester of their senior year and follow the regular MA curriculum after they earn their BA degree.

Undergraduate Senior Year

Fall Semester – apply to the program by the end of the semester
Spring Semester – take 12 credits, including 9 graduate credits in 5000-level or higher courses

Graduate Program

Summer Semester – take 3 graduate credits (5000-level or higher)
Fall Semester – take 9 graduate credits (5000-level or higher)
Spring Semester – take 9 graduate credits (5000-level or higher, including thesis or master’s essay)

Students in the combined BA/MA program in Asian Studies must complete all other requirements for the MA degree in Asian Studies (please consult the graduate catalog and the Program’s online graduate handbook).

Students in this program have up to a year to complete the master’s degree after receipt of the bachelor’s degree. Students who fail to meet this year post BA requirement or who elect to leave the combined program at any time and earn only the BA degree will have the same access requirements to regular graduate programs as any other student, but will not be able to use the 9 graduate credits in both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.