Theology and Religious Studies majors who wish to earn a master's degree can apply in their junior year for this accelerated dual degree program to earn both the B.A. and M.A. in five years. Usually for a student interested in pursuing teaching, ministry, or graduate studies, this program enables a student to complete both degrees in less time and for less tuition.
Accepted B.A./M.A. students take four theology and religious studies courses during their undergraduate years at the 600-level. These graduate courses are applied to both B.A. and M.A. degrees, resulting in a quicker completion time.
The application for the B.A./M.A. is easier than the usual M.A. application, requiring no fee, no letters of recommendation, and no GRE score (though these latter items are due during senior year).