Columbia undergraduates who wish to earn a Columbia M.A. degree in a participating department or interdisciplinary program may make progress toward the M.A. degree during their senior year. Interested juniors should meet with the M.A. Director and department faculty in their spring term in anticipation of choosing and registering for courses to be taken their senior year. Such students then apply in the fall of their senior year for admission to the M.A. program the following fall, after completion of their B.A.
The requirements for the M.A. degree are the same for Columbia students entering through the B.A./M.A. option as for students entering through the standard M.A. admissions procedure. However, admitted B.A./M.A. students can request the transfer of three courses taken during their undergraduate program (if taken in excess of their requirements for the Columbia B.A. degree) and/or half a RU. These can be used toward the M.A. degree (both in terms of costs and coursework).