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Bachelor of Arts (BA) & Master of Arts (MA) Joint Program in Theology and Religious Studies

TRS Majors who wish to earn a Master's degree can apply in their junior year for this accelerated dual degree program to earn both the B.A. and M.A. in five years. Usually for a student interested in pursuing teaching, ministry, or graduate studies, this program enables a student to complete both degrees in less time and for less tuition.

Accepted B.A./M.A. students take four TRS courses during their undergraduate years at the 600-level. These graduate courses are applied to both B.A. and M.A. degrees, resulting in a quicker completion time.

The application for the B.A./M.A. is easier than the usual M.A. application, requiring no fee, no letters of recommendation, and no GRE score (though these latter are due during senior year).

Student Profile

DiMarcoI wanted to study Theology here at CUA because I wanted to learn more about my religion from the best Catholic scholars in the country.  Pursuing the BA/MA is financially advantageous since I'll receive a two year education in one year. In the job market of today to be able to present myself with a Master’s degree in 5 years will give me a step ahead of other candidates.

-Tom Carani