The Integrated Bachelor's/Master's Degree Program in Modern Culture and Media

The integrated B.A./M.A. in Modern Culture and Media is a five-year program to which Brown undergraduates may apply. This program enables a Brown undergraduate to continue studies for one extra year and earn Master’s as well as a Bachelor’s degree in MCM. The Master’s degree is terminal; the student should not assume that it can lead to entry into the MCM doctoral program.

Integration of undergraduate and graduate coursework

University regulations mandate that the student must take enough courses to earn each degree independently; that is, no courses may count towards both degrees. Because of this, the department requires that, by the end of the fourth year, the candidate must have taken two extra MCM courses over and above requirements for the bachelor’s degree. These extra courses must be appropriate for graduate credit (1000- or 2000-level MCM courses.)

The reason is the following. Eight courses are required for the M.A. in Modern Culture and Media. First-year graduate students normally take six courses, and this is what B.A./M.A. candidates will do during their fifth year. Therefore, to meet the eight-course requirement for the fifth year, the department requires two applicable courses before the fifth year. Note: While, the two extra courses applying to the M.A. may not count towards an undergraduate concentration in MCM, they may still count towards the 30-course graduation requirement for the Bachelor’s degree.

MCM concentrators considering applying to this program should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies as well as their undergraduate advisor about the two extra courses. In the fifth year, courses will be chosen in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies, who will be the student’s advisor.

Applying to the program

Requirements for Admission to the program: The applicant must be a concentrator in MCM or any MCM-affiliated concentration. The applicant must have a 3.5 GPA in MCM courses.

Application deadline
: University regulations state that “a student must make application to study in an integrated program not later than the end of the third week of his or her penultimate semester of undergraduate study.”

Submissions to the department: The applicant must write a letter to the Director of Graduate Studies informing the department in writing that she or he is applying to the integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s program in MCM. This letter should indicate MCM faculty with whom the applicant has worked. The applicant must also provide a writing sample of work done for an MCM class. The writing sample should be included with the letter.

Submissions to the Graduate School: In addition, the applicant must complete the online application and the 5th-Year Master's Degree Application Supplement Form. Both applications can be obtained from the Graduate School website: http://www.brown.edu/gradschool/academics-research/5th-year-masters. No letters of recommendation are necessary. If you have trouble obtaining these forms on the website, call the Graduate School or contact Dean John Tyler.

Requirements for the M.A. in the Integrated B.A./M.A.

Coursework: A total of 8 courses suitable for graduate credit (1000- or 2000- level, including production) and approved by the MCM Director of Graduate Studies. None of these may be courses that count towards the undergraduate degree. Among these eight courses, candidates are required to take at least one 2000-level MCM course in each of the following areas:

• Theory
(Normally fulfilled by one of the following: MCM2100, MCM2110, MCM2120.)

• Textual Analysis
(Normally fulfilled by one of the following: MCM2300, MCM2310.)

• Historical/Cultural Locations
(Normally fulfilled by one of the following: MCM2500, MCM2510.)

90-minute Qualifying Review to be administered by Graduate Committee upon completion of coursework. There is a description of the Qualifying Review for doctoral candidates in the department’s Graduate Student Handbook. The exam will be modified to make it suitable for a terminal M.A. candidate.