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Integrated B.A./M.A.

Our Integrated B.A./M.A. program allows students currently in International Studies to pursue advanced studies and complete both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree consecutively.

B.A./M.A. Summary

  • Open to

    Current International Studies Majors
  • Eligible to Apply
    Second Semester of Sophomore Year
  • Application Deadline for admission in Spring 2018

    December 1, 2017
  • Application Deadline for admission in Fall 2018

    January 15, 2018
  • Deadline for application to the graduate school (to enter MA status):

    18 months before graduation

B.A./M.A. Eligibility

Students become eligible to apply to the B.A./M.A. Program during the second semester of their sophomore year. Before applying, students should consult the International Studies Academic Advisor. The Integrated B.A./M.A. program is open to International Studies majors who have:

  • Demonstrated strong academic performance (GPA: 3.6 or higher in the major and 3.5 overall)
  • Demonstrated a high level of maturity and clear intent to pursue a Master’s degree
  • Completed at least 12 credits in the INTL major (2 core and 2 thematic electives)
  • Completed General Education requirements in the semester of application

B.A./M.A. Course Requirements

In addition to the BA requirements, there are 30 credit hours (minimum) of graduate coursework for the M.A. portion of the degree including:

  • INTL-I701, Introduction to Global Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL-I705, Human Rights Multidisciplinary Graduate Seminar (3 hours)
  • Three additional graduate-level International Studies (IS) courses (9 hours)
  • Three graduate-level area studies courses (9 hours)
  • INTL-I515, Research Methods in International Studies, or equivalent (3 hours) I515 replaces I315, if taken before the fifth year.
  • INTL-I680, International Studies Masters Capstone (thesis or project) I680 replaces INTL-I400, as well as the Capstone thesis.

    • BA/MA Capstone Thesis Requirements

      This course is designed to demonstrate your accumulated training in International Studies in a single original project of your choice, subject to the instructor’s approval and under the supervision of a faculty member. The completed thesis should bring together your thematic interests, disciplinary background, your region, your foreign language expertise and relevant overseas experiences in a 12,000 word tour de force. The Capstone necessitates multiple drafts of your research that are subjected to peer review and regular feedback from your instructor, your peers and your mentor. By the end of the seminar you will be able to articulate clearly your research argument in a well-written paper and oral presentation.

      Please note that a BA/MA Capstone can also consist of an approved alternate project. Depending on the nature of the thesis research, foreign language sources may not be required. Please note that there is no regular seminar. At the time of enrolling in I-680, the student must present a 500-word overview of the proposed research, including an indication of the expected outcome and description of the data to be used, and indicate the faculty supervisor’s agreement to advise this thesis. The faculty supervisor must be chosen from among core, visiting, or affiliate faculty.

    Please click here to download a sample sequence map for the International Studies B.A./M.A.

B.A./M.A. Application Procedures

International Studies majors interested in applying for the B.A./M.A. should plan to meet first with the International Studies Academic Advisor followed by the Director of Graduate Studies.

The application process consists of two stages. The first stage requires that the student apply to the program itself. The second stage requires a separate application to the Graduate School.

The second stage of the application must be completed at least 18 months before graduation. In order to ensure that the student is accepted by the Graduate School, they must meet the ongoing expectations of the BA/MA program, including continued exemplary academic performance and timely completion of course requirements.

To complete the first stage of your application, apply to the program any time after the second semester of sophomore year (it is prefereable to apply before the end of your junior year.)

A fully completed application will include your:

  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of Interest indicating motivations for wishing to pursue the B.A./M.A. program (1-2 pages). Be sure to discuss your thematic interests and region of focus; if you have an idea you would like to research for an MA thesis, a brief description would be helpful.  
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation from professors who know your work. At least one of these should be from an International Studies faculty member

Submit your application to Any materials which cannot be emailed should be faxed or mailed to us directly.

You must also submit official transcripts from every undergraduate institution you have attended other than IU. Please ask each institution to mail your official transcript to us at the address below. eTransripts are also acceptable: you may ask for them to be sent to



Department of International Studies

ATTN:Graduate Admissions

Global and International Studies Building

355 North Jordan Ave, Room 1020

Bloomington, IN 47405-1105


Fax: (812) 856-1026



Continuing BA/MA students should apply to the graduate school using the Graduate School Application for Admission and Financial Aid. This application must be completed at least 18 months before graduation.


Application Deadlines:

For admission in Spring 2017: December 1, 2016
For admission in Fall 2017: March 1, 2017

Deadline for application to graduate school (to enter MA status):

18 months before graduation

B.A./M.A. Advising

B.A./M.A.: What to Expect When Accepted