April 25, 2014

Combined BA/MA Program

Program Description: The Department of Geography offers integrated undergraduate and graduate training leading to a combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Geography. Students in this program develop expertise and skills appropriate to becoming professional geographers. The combined program prepares graduates for technical and managerial positions in government, industry, non-profit organizations, and academia. These entry-level jobs have served as springboards for managerial and executive positions as evidenced by prior graduates of the MA program. The MA program also prepares students to qualify for admission at top tier PhD programs in geography or related disciplines. The training provided at this level includes professionalization in academia and can lead to teaching and research positions at the university/college level.

Undergraduate Preparation: Applicants should complete the following courses prior to, or during, their fourth year: introductory human geography, introductory physical geography, cartography or GIS, and two additional advanced geography courses. A basic statistics source is strongly recommended.

Provisional Admission: Students may be admitted on a provisional basis to a specific combined program anytime during their academic career at Miami, from the time they are admitted for undergraduate admission.

Full Admission: Upon earning a minimum of 64 credit hours and having a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater, students may apply for admission to the combined program. Regular time-limits for completing the master’s degree apply to students in a combined program (See the Graduate School Handbook at http://www.miamioh.edu/graduate-studies/index.html for more information).

Applications Procedures: To oapply to a combined bachelors/masters program, go to http://www.miamioh.edu/graduate-studies/index.html to complete the Graduate School online application and pay the $50 application fee. Be sure to check “combined program.” The geography program requires three letters of recommendation and a statement of research interest, according to the guidelines outlined at: http://www.units.miamioh.edu/geography/academic-programs/graduate-program/application-and-admission-information/.

Student Classification and Graduation: Students in a combined program will remain as undergraduates until they apply for graduation or submit a request to the Graduate School to have their classification changed from undergraduate to graduate. Students must have completed a minimum of 128 hours to be classified as a graduate student (note: this change in classification will affect eligibility for financial aid). Students may receive their bachelor’s degree prior to completing their master’s degree. Upon receiving the bachelor’s degree, students will atutomatically be classified as graduate students. Students receiving the bachelor’s degree prior to completing the master’s degree can count up to 9 hours of graduate course work toward their bachelor’s degree with permission of the appropriate advisor(s) and dean(s) or their designee(s). Those hours can also count toward the completion of their master’s degree. A minimum of 150 hours is required for the combined program; 120 semester hour minimum for a bachelor’s degree and 30 hour minimum for a master’s degree.