B.A./M.A. Shared-Credit Degree Program in History


B.A./M.A. Shared-Credit Degree Program in History is designed for outstanding undergraduate history majors to obtain a BA and an MA in five years.  Students are allowed to apply up to 18 credit hours of shared coursework to both their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees while they are completing their undergraduate degree.

The History BA requires a minimum of 120 undergraduate credit hours and the MA requires 30 graduate credit hours.  Traditionally, students are not able to begin the MA program until the BA degree is completed.  In this Shared-Credit program, however, 6-18 of the MA graduate credits (2-6 courses) are taken during the senior year of a student’s BA degree program and are applied to both the BA and MA degree requirements. This reduces the time needed to complete the two degrees by a full academic year compared to the traditional model, and results in significant savings of time and money.

The program is designed primarily for the student who is considering attending graduate school in history, as well as for any student who wishes to continue their education in history past the undergraduate level. Advanced training in history can provide students with the intellectual tools needed for success in a wide variety of careers. The graduate training that the student receives is exactly the same of a graduate student who enters our MA program after attaining a BA.  


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  • 3.5 GPA in History
  • Meet with History Undergrad Advisor (Fred Gibbs, fwgibbs@unm.edu)


  • Complete lower-division History requirements (12 credit hours)
  • Complete 4 upper-division History courses, including HIST 491 or 492 with grade of “B” or better
  • On track to complete 90 credits by beginning of Senior year
  • Apply by February 15 of the Spring semester


  • A 500-word letter of intent describing your interest in the program and your qualifications.
  • An unofficial transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation from History faculty members, who will submit letters directly to the department graduate secretary (see below).
  • All application materials must be submitted in hard copy by February 15 of junior yearto Ms. Dana Ellison, Graduate Secretary



Applicants must arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the History Department, though the graduate secretary, Dana Ellison (dellison@unm.edu). Students must also fill out, sign (either in hard copy or digitally), and present each recommender with the Shared Credit Program Letter of Recommendation Form.



Students in this program will be eligible for one year of departmentally controlled graduate funding in their fifth year of the program. Until they receive their BA, students will continue to have undergraduate status and, thus, will continue to be eligible for undergraduate scholarships or Pell Grants