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Five-Year Integrated TRS B.A./M.A.

The five-year integrated program allows you to complete both the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Arts degrees in Theology & Religious Studies (TRS) in a compressed five-year time frame rather than the traditional six years. TRS majors may apply for admission to the M.A. program in fall of their junior year. Once accepted, they may begin graduate coursework while completing the bachelor's degree.

The B.A. degree requires 120 credit hours while the M.A. requires 30 credit hours. Normally students complete six graduate credits during the senior year, six credits in the summer between the fourth and fifth years, and 18 credits in the fifth year.

The sample course schedule incorporates all the courses required for the JCU Undergraduate Core Curriculum, the TRS B.A and M.A. degrees, and cognate courses recommended for students who want to establish a solid background for advanced studies in the field. Consult your academic advisor to tailor your own schedule to meet your particular needs and interests.

Admission Requirements

Students should register their interest in the program with the TRS department chair as soon as possible, ideally no later than spring semester of sophomore year. The application for admission to the graduate program should be completed by the end of fall semester of the student's junior year.

View the TRS BA/MA Five-Year Academic Plan — basic program. This is only a road map and you should work with your advisor each semester to select classes.

View the TRS BA/MA Five-Year Academic Plan — including semester abroad. This template has all core courses indicated, all necessary Business courses for admission into the 5th year program, in addition to the classes and credits included for your major. This is only a road map and you should work with your advisor each semester to select classes.

The application to the graduate program includes:

  • A completed application form
  • Two letters of recommendation from university instructors
  • A statement of purpose that outlines the applicant’s intended focus of studies for the 5-year program
  • A transcript documenting a minimum 3.0 cumulative overall GPA and a 3.3 GPA in the TRS major