Bachelor's & Master's Dual Degree Pathway

Get a head-start on your master's degree

If you love English studies and you want to pursue your interests in Creative Writing, Rhetoric, or Critical Studies as far as you can here at UWEC, you may be able to achieve both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in about five years. Students who are English majors, English minors, or a major in a related discipline may apply for conditional admission to the Master of Arts Program in English and begin taking graduate-level coursework as an undergraduate student.

Consider applying to the Bachelor’s & Master’s Dual Degree Pathway if you meet the following criteria:

  • are enrolled as an undergraduate student at UWEC
  • have an overall GPA of 3.5
  • have taken at least 15 credits of English department coursework
  • have earned a GPA of 3.75 in your English courses; students with an English GPA of less than 3.75 may be considered if there is convincing evidence that they are capable of excelling in graduate coursework
  • will have 90 credits (earned or in progress) before taking courses in the dual degree pathway

Required application materials:

  • BA/MA Dual Degree application
  • unofficial UWEC transcript
  • letter of intent (1-2 pages) summarizing and explaining your academic and career goals
  • writing sample (10-15 pages) that demonstrates preparation to succeed in a graduate program in English

Program specifics:

  • Approved admission to the Bachelor’s & Master’s Dual Degree Pathway is on a conditional basis: Students are classified as undergraduate students until the bachelor’s degree has been conferred. Students will then need to apply for formal acceptance to the MA-English program through the Graduate admissions process.
  • Between September 1 and March 1 of the senior year, students are required to officially apply to the MA-English program at UWEC. If the applicant meets the admission criteria for the program, they will be accepted to the graduate program in full standing, contingent upon continuous good academic standing in coursework and conferral of the bachelor’s degree.
  • Due to federal financial aid restrictions, BA/MA Dual Degree students are not eligible to receive financial aid for graduate coursework taken while undergraduates. Therefore, students are highly encouraged to consult with a financial aid advisor to discuss any potential financial implications. In many cases, students may need to maintain full-time undergraduate enrollment to remain eligible for financial aid.
  • A maximum of 12 graduate credits (i.e., 500-, 600-, or 700-level courses) may be earned as an undergraduate student in the BA/MA Dual Degree Pathway.
  • After successful completion of a course that is designated for dual degree graduate credit, a student will earn confirming credits that simultaneously count towards an undergraduate degree in English (see below). All graduate credits and undergraduate confirming credits are earned on a grade (A-F) basis.
  • Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above in dual degree coursework to continue in the BA/MA Dual Degree Pathway.
  • Students in the BA/MA Dual Degree Pathway are not eligible for graduate assistantships, graduate fellowships, Advanced Opportunity Program grants, or any other scholarships or awards for graduate students while still undergraduate students.

Students in the Bachelor’s & Master’s Dual Degree Pathway will earn up to 12 confirming credits toward their undergraduate degree for graduate coursework.

For 500- and 600-level graduate courses, students will earn confirming credit for the corresponding course at the 300- and 400-level, respectively. For example, ENGL 507 Editing and Publications Management will appear on the undergraduate transcript as ENGL 307 Editing and Publications Management and ENGL 611 Creative Writing Workshop - Fiction will appear on the undergraduate transcript as ENGL 411 Creative Writing Workshop – Fiction.

For 700-level graduate courses, students will earn confirming credit as follows.

Enroll for Graduate Credit in Earn Confirming Undergraduate Credit in
ENGL 711: Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing ENGL 484: Seminar in Critical Theory
ENGL 715: Critical Theory and English Studies ENGL 484: Seminar in Critical Theory
ENGL 721: Studies in Writing, Language, or Pedagogy

One of these depending on the course theme:

ENGL Seminar in Linguistic Research

ENGL 455: Seminar in Rhetorics of Science, Technology, and Culture

ENGL 723: Story Writing Seminar ENGL 413: Prose Writing Workshop-Topics
ENGL 724: Poetry Writing Seminar ENGL 410: Creative Writing Workshop-Poetry
ENGL 727: Studies in Scientific and Technical Communication ENGL 455: Seminar in Rhetorics of Science, Technology, and Culture
ENGL 733: Studies in World/Postcolonial Literature ENGL 430: Seminar in World/Postcolonial Literature
ENGL 743: Studies in North American Literature

One of these depending on the time period covered:

ENGL 440: Seminar in American Literature Before 1865

ENGL 448: Seminar in American Literature Since 1865

ENGL 753: Studies in British and Irish Literature

One of these depending on the time period covered:

ENGL 452: Seminar in Early British Literature

ENGL 459: Seminar in British Literature After 1790

ENGL 769: Studies in Figures and Groups

ENGL 779: Studies in Themes and Genres

One of these depending on the course theme:

ENGL 430: Seminar in World/Postcolonial Literature

ENGL 440: Seminar in American Literature Before 1865

ENGL 448: Seminar in American Literature Since 1865

ENGL 468: Seminar in American Ethnic Literature

ENGL 452: Seminar in Early British Literature

ENGL 459: Seminar in British Literature After 1790

ENGL 481: Seminar in Film, Video, and Moving-Image Culture

ENGL 496: Seminar in Women’s Literature

ENGL 789: Studies in Theory and Culture ENGL 484: Seminar in Critical Theory

For courses without a one-to-one equivalency, the undergraduate course equivalency will be determined based on the graduate course theme in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies in English.

For additional information about the Bachelor's & Master's Dual Degree Pathway, please contact the English Graduate Program Director at english01@uwec.edu or at 715-836-2639.

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