Qualified undergraduate students may apply for the accelerated B.A./M.A. program that permits advanced undergraduate students to take courses at the graduate level while earning the B.A. Up to nine credits of coursework in English may be counted toward both the B.A. and the M.A., provided the coursework is undertaken at the 600 level. Selected 400 level English courses may count as well. Students should apply late in their sophomore or in their junior year in order to begin the program during their senior year. To begin taking graduate classes in the Accelerated B.A./M.A., a student must be an English major and have earned a minimum of 60 undergraduate credits. At least 15 of these must have been earned at UMBC, and no less than 9 credits need to be in 300- or 400-level English courses. One of these 300- or 400-level English courses must be ENGL 302 or 324. In addition, students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall and 3.5 in English. Interested students should complete the Accelerated BA/MA application form found on the UMBC Graduate School website. The application deadline for Fall admission into the Accelerated BA/MA programs is May 1st. For further information, contact the English Department.