BA/MA Option

The European Institute offers a BA/MA option for qualified Columbia and Barnard undergraduates. Students admitted under this BA/MA option begin graduate coursework for the MA in European History, Politics, and Society in their senior year as they complete undergraduate degrees in their respective departments. Requirements for the MA portion of the program are the same as those for the regular European History, Politics, and Society MA degree.


Students seeking admission under the BA/MA option should contact the European Institute during the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year.

Students apply through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Admissions Office. Application materials include a statement of purpose, resume, a writing sample, academic transcripts from all undergraduate programs attended, and three letters of recommendation.

Application Deadlines

For seniors: interested students should contact the European Institute at [email protected] by January 1, 2021. Applicants also need to register for graduate courses by January 11, 2021, and formally apply for the MA program using the regular GSAS online application by January 14, 2021 (early deadline) or March 11, 2021 (regular deadline).

For juniors: the deadline to apply to the BA/MA option is April 22, 2021. Juniors must apply using the BA/MA online application.

Interested students can contact the European Institute past the deadline.

Write to [email protected] for additional information.


  • Interest in modern Europe, as demonstrated by courses taken beyond the Core Curriculum and/or study abroad
  • Evidence of ability to meet the program’s language requirement by the time of graduation from the MA program (advanced proficiency, demonstrated by exam or passing a 3000-level language course)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5, overall and in the major; admission will be rescinded if the GPA drops below 3.5 during the senior year

Transfer Credit

BA/MA students may count up to three graduate level courses, for a maximum of 12 credits, toward requirements for the MA degree. The courses, which must be at the 4000 level or higher, must be approved by the MA Program Director. The Dean of the student’s undergraduate division must also certify that the courses were taken in excess of the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Financial Aid & Housing

By transferring credits to their MA, students save on the program’s costs. For instance, a student who transfers 9 credit points for three courses taken during their senior year can save 25% of tuition fees for the MA.

In addition, the European Institute offers financial support to its students, including tuition assistance to qualified students, competitive conference grants and grants to conduct research in Europe, and employment opportunities to select students.

Students will have access to the financial aid and housing facilities of their undergraduate divisions until they complete the bachelor’s degree. There is no guaranteed university housing for master’s student in GSAS programs.