Combined BA/MA Degree

Overview
Application
Program of Study
Course Sequencing


Overview 

The Environmental Resource Policy (ENRP) Program offers a combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts (BAMA) program that allows qualified GW undergraduate students in the Environmental Studies program to take up to 12 ENRP graduate-level credits and apply them to both their B.A. and ENRP M.A. degrees. After completing the B.A., students will be able to earn their master's degree by completing only one additional full academic year (summer, fall, and spring semesters) of study. 

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Application 

To be eligible to apply, students must have completed 75 undergraduate credits. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.5 or above in Environmental Studies courses or a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or above. Applicants are not required to take the GRE.

You may submit an application any time after grades are posted for the semester in which you reach the threshold 75 undergraduate credits. We review applications on a continuing basis with a preferred deadline of April 1 for summer and fall admissions, and October 1 for spring admissions. However, strong applicants will be considered at any time. Whenever you submit your application, we will return a decision within one month, and often much more quickly.

Note that to complete the degree within one calendar year of completion of the B.A., you will have to take 6 credits during summer sessions. Contact Dr. Augstine to discuss options. 

To apply, submit the following to the Dr. Nancy Augustine (nya@gwu.edu), Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) of the Environmental Resource Policy (ENRP) program by April 1 (for summer and fall admission) or October 1 (for spring admission):

  • Statement of purpose (500 words) describing the applicant’s intellectual interests and academic and professional goals.
  • Full transcripts of all undergraduate coursework (unofficial transcript of courses completed at GWU accepted).
  • Recommendation letter written by a professor who instructs one of the courses required for the Environmental Studies major or the Director of the Environmental Studies program who can provide an informed assessment of the applicant’s work. The recommender should send this letter directly to the Director of Graduate Studies of ENRP.
  • Interview with the Director of Graduate Studies and/or the Program Director of ENRP.

After securing the approval of the DGS, the student must submit a form to the CCAS Graduate Admissions Office in Phillips 107.

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Program of Study 

A BAMA student enrolls in 12 graduate-level credit hours while a senior. These credits are counted towards the B.A. as well as the M.A.  Then he or she can take 6 credit hours during the summer after completion of the B.A., and then the usual full-time load of 9 credit hours each in the spring and fall semesters, for a total of 18 credit hours. The BAMA can be completed in one calendar year from the time of completing the B.A., making it a true “5-year program.”

The 12 double counted credits substitute a higher (graduate) level course for a similar upper-level (undergraduate) course.

Students in the BAMA program take
In lieu of
ENRP 6140 Environmental Law GEOG 3193 Introduction to Environmental Law
PPPA 6066 Environmental Policy PPPA 2701 Sustainability and Environmental Policy
GEOG 6244 Urban Sustainability GEOG 3143 Urban Sustainability
One 6000-level Green Leaf course elective One upper-level Green Leaf course

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Typical Sequencing 

Senior Year
Fall Spring

PPPA 6066

ENRP 6140

GEOG 6244

6000-level Green Leaf Course

MA Year
Summer Fall Spring

ECON 6217***

ENRP 6101*

ENRP 6102*

PPPA 6006

ECON 6237

ENRP 6298

 

PPPA 6002**

elective

Sequencing Requirements:

  1. Complete all required core courses prior to enrolling in the capstone class (ENRP 6298) in the final spring of your program.
  2. ENRP 6101/6102 are taken in sequence, in the fall and spring (if required).
  3. ENRP 6140 is only offered in spring.
  4. Take ECON 6217 spring or summer before ECON 6237 in fall.

We realize that some students may reach senior year out of sync with the standard 4-year program. We will work with you to develop a program of study that meets your circumstances.

Course Waivers:

*Students who have done significant undergraduate coursework relevant to environmental sciences may be able to waive ENRP 6101 and ENRP 6102.  If you believe this situation applies to you, contact Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Nancy Augustine, to discuss further.

**Students who have done significant undergraduate coursework in applied statistics may be able to take PPPA 6013, Econometrics for Policy Research I (spring), instead of PPPA 6002. If you believe this situation applies to you, contact Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Nancy Augustine, to discuss further.

***Students who have done significant undergraduate coursework in economics may be able to take PPPA 6015, Benefit-Cost Analysis (fall or spring), instead of ECON 6217. If you believe this situation applies to you, contact Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Nancy Augustine, to discuss further.

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