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).
I 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.