Queens College BA/MA Policies and Procedures
1) Basic Principle
The BA/MA program is a single accelerated program which awards two degrees.
2) Application Process
Students will apply for the program as advanced sophomores or early
juniors through the Office of Graduate Studies (Kiely Hall, Room 139), following normal
procedures including GPA expectations, letters of recommendation,
personal statement, etc. Transfer students who enter the college with
advanced standing should apply for the program as soon as possible –
normally, as soon as they have taken a few courses in the appropriate
discipline at Queens.
On acceptance by OGS and
the department, the students’ major code will be changed to that
appropriate for their program (e.g., 025 for the Computer Science
BA/MA). They will have a single transcript reflecting the single
program they are in, and both degrees will appear on the transcript on
completion of the program. Their GPA will be calculated on the basis of
all the courses taken in the combined program.
4) Degrees Awarded
The BA/MA program is a single program which awards two degrees, a BA
and an MA, and the transcript will indicate each degree that is
awarded. Normally, both degrees would be awarded on completion of the
program, but a student may apply through the OGS for a BA degree on
completion of the undergraduate requirements, and then be awarded an MA
on completion of the remaining BA/MA requirements. (If such a student
is foreign, the Office of International Student Services should be
informed, in case of visa implications.) As this is an accelerated
program, it would not be customary for students to interrupt their
program between the BA and MA stages. Although the students’ course
work might also qualify for a BS degree, this degree cannot be awarded
to students in the BA/MA program.
As outlined in the catalog, admitted students will pay the
undergraduate tuition rate for the first 120 credits. Beyond 120
credits, all courses, whether undergraduate or graduate, are at the
6) Grading Policy and Status
Some Queens College policies differ for undergraduate and graduate
students. For example, for an undergraduate, an INC changes to an F
after one semester, while for graduates INC’s remain indefinitely.
Students in BA/MA programs are subject to the undergraduate policy for
courses taken in the first 120 credits and to the graduate policy
thereafter. Similarly, after 120 credits, students will be subject to
the graduate rule that the GPA may not fall below 3.0; this is
reasonable, since BA/MA programs are accelerated and meant for superior
7) Courses Not Taken at Queens College
The number of courses students, including transfer students, take at
Queens College will be consistent with applicable state, university,
and college regulations.
8) Maintenance of Records
After applications have been processed by OGS and the department,
students' records will be maintained in the Graduate Admissions office.