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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Students at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Academic Programs

Dual BA/MA Program

The Dual Degree BA/MA Program allows exceptional undergraduate INTS majors at the University of Denver, the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts degree in only one year beyond the traditional four-year BA. Prospective students must be in touch with BA Program advisors well in advance of applying in order to plan accordingly and must meet normal standards of graduate admission at the time of application.

How the BA and MA Programs Merge

The dual degree program allows qualified INTS majors who have been accepted into the BA program to begin taking graduate-level courses during their senior year as an undergraduate at the University of Denver. Remaining graduate-level requirements are completed in the fifth (and final) year of the program.

As part of their undergraduate studies, dual degree candidates are required to take six 4000-level graduate courses* for a total of 30 credits. Ultimately, dual degree students will double-count these 30 credit hours toward both their BA and MA degrees. In the fifth (and final) year of the program, students must complete an additional 60 hours of graduate-level coursework, in order to satisfy the remaining requirements of the MA component.

*Note: Potential candidates are required to complete at least two, 3000-level INTS courses before they are eligible to begin taking 4000-level courses during their senior year. The 3000-level courses count only toward the undergraduate degree and are not eligible to be included among the credits that are double-counted toward the dual degree BA/MA program.

Admission to the Josef Korbel School as a Dual Degree Student

The following admission standards are nonnegotiable and will be enforced.

  • Applicants must be current and declared INTS majors at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.
  • Interested students are only eligible to apply for the dual degree BA/MA program once during their academic tenure at DU.
  • Candidates must meet all admission criteria for Josef Korbel School graduate programs (other than receipt of the baccalaureate degree).
  • The minimum required GPA is 3.50.

Informal Application due December 1st of Sophomore Year

Given the need for significant advance planning prior to the formal application, students interested in pursuing the dual degree BA/MA Program are required to submit a non-binding, informal application and a letter of intent to the Associate Director of the BA Program. The informal application may be accessed online, and is due no later than December 1 of the student's sophomore year. Failure to submit the informal application on time will invalidate a student's eligibility to participate in the program.

Official Application and Supporting Materials due February 1st of Junior Year

All official application materials must be received no later than February 1st of student's junior year. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Dual degree applicants are subject to the standard application fee.

Materials include:
  • An official application to the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, including application fee and online application;
  • Statement of purpose;
  • Resume;
  • Official transcript(s);
  • Two letters of recommendation from DU faculty members (at least one letter of recommendation must be from an INTS appointed faculty); and
  • Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores.

An interview with the Admissions Committee may also be requested.

For more details on the application process and required application components, please review the Graduate Admission section of this website.