B.A. / M.A. Program

While the graduate program is a Ph.D. program, the College of Arts and Science and the Graduate School of Arts and Science offer a dual-degree B.A./M.A. program.  The program does not admit students for a terminal M.A. degree.  Formal requirements for the Master of Arts degree in sociology are the satisfactory completion of graduate studies totaling at least 36 points (at least 24 in residence at New York University with at least a B average) and either a thesis or a comprehensive examination.  At least 24 of the points must be in sociology.  The courses must include three basic sociology courses, one basic theory course, Methods and Statistics I (G93.2331), and one additional methods course.

There is no language requirement for the M.A. degree in sociology.

Below is admission information regarding the program.

Eligible Applicants

This program is open only to NYU undergraduates who are matriculated in the College of Arts and Science (CAS). Applicants must have completed a minimum of 48 credits toward a Bachelor’s degree but not more than 96 credits or six semesters, whichever comes first.

The student must have a minimum 3.5 GPA for admission to, and continuation in, the program. Individual departments and programs may set higher standards.

Application Procedures

Students apply for admission to the B.A./M.A. Program through the CAS Advising Center (Silver Center, 9th floor). They do not submit an application for admission to the Graduate School. All admissions advising and processing are handled by the CAS Advising Center.

To apply, CAS Advising asks the student to complete a special version of the GSAS admissions application (it is labeled “Application for Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program” and is available from the CAS Advising Center), two letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose. CAS forwards the completed application to the department or program for consideration and the department then notifies CAS of the admissions decision. The Graduate School is not involved in admissions at this time.

After the student has successfully completed the undergraduate requirements, the CAS Advising Center notifies GSAS Graduate Enrollment Services (GES) that the student may be admitted to the Master's program. CAS Advising forwards the original application Materials to GES. The student is mailed an official letter of admission to the Master's program from the Graduate School and information about the scholarship program is included.

The GSAS requirement to take the GRE is waived for students in the B.A./M.A. program. However, they must still provide GES with two official and final copies of their academic transcripts showing proof of receipt of the Bachelor’s degree.


Questions about eligibility for, or application to, the B.A./M.A. Program should be directed to the CAS Advising Center, 998-8130.