Combined BA + MA

Program Description

The combined Bachelors/M.A. program in Geology introduces students to diverse and contemporary topics within the broad area of Geology and Environmental Earth Science at an advanced level beyond the Bachelors degree. The combined degree program prepares students for careers such as earth science education and environmental consulting or for entry into research-based M.S./Ph.D. programs. The combined program requires 30 hours of graduate coursework of which 9 hours can be double-counted toward both degrees. Of these 30 hours a minimum of 15 must be taken from at least 4 sub-disciplines within Geology and Environmental Earth Science, and a minimum of 12 must be at or above the 600 level. Successful completion of an oral comprehensive examination is required for graduation.

Undergraduate Preparation

Undergraduate students pursuing an A.B. in Geology, Earth Science, or Environmental Earth Science, a B.S. in Geology, or any B.S.Ed. in Earth Science are eligible for the combined degree program after completing 36 credit hours of GLG and related cognate courses in BOT, CHM, ENV/IES, GEO, MBI, MTH, PHY, STA, or ZOO. A minimum GPA of 3.25 in GLG and cognate courses is required to enroll in the combined degree program.

Provisional Admission

Students may be admitted on a provisional basis to a specific combined program anytime during their academic career at Miami, from the time they are admitted for undergraduate admission.

Full Admission

Upon earning a minimum of 64 credit hours and having a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater, students may apply for admission to the combined program. Regular time-limits for completing the master’s degree apply to students in a combined program.

We strongly encourage participants in the combined Bachelors/M.A. in Geology to be enrolled on a full-time basis.

Applications Procedures

To apply to a combined bachelors/masters program, go to to complete the Graduate School online application and pay the $50 application fee. Be sure to check “combined program.” In advance of the above students are encouraged to contact the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science to discuss their interests and to outline a degree plan. In addition to the Graduate School application requirements stated above, the following must be submitted directly to the Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science: a letter outlining professional interests and goals, a resume, and the names and contact information of three people who may be asked to comment on the student’s qualifications for the program.

Student Classification and Graduation

Students in a combined program will remain as undergraduates until they apply for graduation or submit a request to the Graduate School to have their classification changed from undergraduate to graduate. Students must have completed a minimum of 128 hours to be classified as a graduate student (note: this change in classification will affect eligibility for financial aid). Students may receive their bachelor’s degree prior to completing their master’s degree. Upon receiving the bachelor’s degree, students will automatically be classified as graduate students. Students receiving the bachelor’s degree prior to completing the master’s degree can count up to 9 hours of graduate course work toward their bachelor’s degree with permission of the appropriate advisor(s) and dean(s) or their designee(s). Those hours can also count toward the completion of their master’s degree. Additional information can be found at