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Dr. Sarada Balagopalan

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Home » Undergraduate Program » Childhood Studies Dual Degree (B.A./M.A.) Program

Childhood Studies Dual Degree (B.A./M.A.) Program

Who is eligible for this program? Students with a high school GPA of 3.5 and a combined verbal and math SAT score of 1200. Those entering the program must be fulltime and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Interested students may also meet with the Graduate Director to determine eligibility.

The Graduate Program Director sends the student a letter of acceptance into the dual degree program before the April pre-registration period. A copy of this letter is sent to Admissions, to the Records Division of the Registrar’s Office and to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.

During pre-registration advising on the student’s senior year schedule, using a special permission number, the student is registered for ONE graduate course in fall of the senior year. This course is taken along with his/her regular undergraduate courses. The undergraduate tuition rate is charged for it, and the credits are double counted (i.e. they are part of the 120 credits required for the BA or BS and are also counted toward the MA or MS).

Five-year B.A./M.A. Program in Childhood Studies Program Timeline

Year 1 Fall Spring
  12 credits 15 credits
  Enroll in Introduction to Childhood Studies (3 credits)  
Year 2 Fall Spring
  15 credits 15 credits
Summer 3 credits  
Year 3 Fall Spring
  15 credits 15 credits
Summer 3 credits  
Year 4 Fall Spring
  15 credits Senior Seminar in Childhood Studies (3 undergraduate credits)
    9 graduate credits (at undergraduate tuition rate),
6 of which will be double counted for the BA/MA 
Summer May Commencement: Bachelor’s degree awarded
  3 graduate credits  
Year 5 Fall Spring
  9 graduate credits 9 graduate credits
  May Commencement:  Master’s degree awarded

Fall/Senior Year: Following the registration procedure described above, the student is registered for ONE graduate course to be taken in the spring semester of the senior year.

Spring/Senior Year:

  1. The student formally applies to the Graduate School, following all normal procedures.
  2. The student is awarded the Baccalaureate degree.

Having been formally admitted to the graduate school, the student may begin taking courses in either the summer or the fall after graduation. Upon entering graduate school, the student will already have completed two of the courses required for the Master’s degree. He/she will also have saved approximately $3200 in graduate tuition.


  1. No student may take more than TWO graduate courses while an undergraduate student. (Exception: BA/MPA Program)
  2. No student will be classified as a graduate student and coded school 56 until the Baccalaureate degree has been awarded.

Find out more about the Five-year B.A./M.A. Program in Childhood Studies Program at

Questions about this option should be directed to Dr. Sarada Balagopalan, Director of Graduate Studies in Childhood Studies (