In some arenas, the M.A. degree is the “new” B.A. for access to opportunities. With careful planning, beginning as early as sophomore year, you can develop a plan of study that will enable you to earn a master’s degree in addition to your B.A. through our joint degree programs. You can often do this at an accelerated pace and at a lower cost than traditional paths to earning two such degrees.
- In International and Area Studies, you can combine your B.A. with one of the accelerated M.A. programs in University College: International Affairs, Nonprofit Management, Liberal Arts, Human Resources Management, American Culture Studies, or Statistics.
- With one additional year of study (5 years total), you can earn an M.A. in either Chinese, Japanese, or East Asian Studies through the Graduate School's Accelerated B.A./M.A. program. The program is available only to students currently in their senior year and only for continuous enrollment in the next year.
- The Brown School of Social Work offers 3-2 MSW (Master of Social Work) and 3-2 MPH (Master of Public Health) programs, designed specifically for Washington University undergraduate students. This program allows you to earn both your undergraduate degree and a MSW or MPH in a total of five years. You will find similar opportunities for Master level study at Olin Business School and the School of Engineering & Applied Science.