BA/MA Degree Requirements

UChicago students who wish to pursue a joint BA/MA degree should consult first with their College Adviser, then with the Senior Adviser for joint BA/MA programs (Pete Segall), and finally with the Associate Dean of Students in the Social Sciences (Kelly Pollock) in the Fall Quarter of their third year.

Any questions about Computational Social Science can be directed to our Managing Director (Chad Cyrenne).

Application Requirements

  • Applicants are expected to have a GPA of 3.55 or higher.

  • Applications are due by February 1.

  • The application is submitted online, to the Dean of Students of the Graduate Division of the Social Sciences.

  • BA/MA applicants should not pay the application fee. Email to ask how to receive the fee waiver.

  • GRE scores are not required.

  • Prospective BA/MA students are expected to complete all of their general education requirements, and all but three of their BA requirements, before they begin the BA/MA program in the September of their 4th year.

  • Up to three graduate courses can be used as electives in the undergraduate program, or can be applied to the undergraduate major, by petition to the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

  • Students in the BA/MA program are charged tuition at graduate rates in their 4th year. They retain whatever aid has been provided in the College. In their 5th year, students are eligible for an award of 2/3 tuition, if they achieve a 3.4 GPA over their first 9 courses.

  • Students may walk and receive the BA in June of their 4th year, if they wish to graduate with other members of their College class.

  • All other requirements for the MA degree are identical. Students must complete a total of 18 graduate courses, including our 3-course core, with the others tailored to their prior training and disciplinary path. They must attend the weekly Computation Workshop and they are eligible to seek funded internships in the summer following their first year in our program. In their second year, they must complete the three-quarter “research  commitment” with a member of our participating faculty, and submit a faculty-approved MA thesis.