European Studies

M.A., European Thought and Culture - Apply to the 4+1 M.A. Program

Undergraduate Preparation for Admission to the 4+1 combined B.A. and M.A. in European Thought and Culture

The program in ETC is open to UCI undergraduate students in good academic standing to its 4+1 component. Only students who have completed the pre-requisites (described below) will be eligible to apply. Although many students will have their major in European Languages and Studies (European Studies, French, and German), students can also be considered from such disciplines as Art History, Comparative Literature, Political Theory, Philosophy, or History, as well as of course English, Spanish, and other departments.

Students wishing to participate in the 4+1 program will apply in their final year of their undergraduate career on a rolling basis.  During their final undergraduate year, students will take the three-course core sequence, Core Seminars I, II, and III, and two additional European Studies courses as defined by the European Studies Generally Approved Courses and/or the Quarterly Approved Courses list. Students must satisfactorily graduate with a BA degree and complete the core sequence with a letter grade of B or higher to continue in the program. 

Admission requirements for the 4+1 combined B.A. and M.A.:

1) A completed graduate application, including a Personal History Statement, and a Statement of Purpose.
2) An unofficial transcript, including GPA (cumulative 3.0; major 3.3).
3) One letter of recommendation from an ETC faculty member or faculty member in a related field of study.
4) Writing Sample.
5) Foreign Language form.

Application Process for the 4+1 combined B.A. And M.A.:

1. Set up an application advising appointment with Bindya Baliga,, Graduate Coordinator.
2. Complete the online application. The link to the application will be sent to the applicant after the application advising appointment.
3. Upload the following supplemental application materials:

a. Unofficial transcripts, both front and back sides, of all post-secondary work should be scanned and uploaded to the online application. 

b. One letter of recommendation:  Note: The letter of recommendation must be written by an ETC faculty member or faculty member of a related field. The submission of the letter will be managed via the online application system. Paper or hardcopies of letters will not be accepted.

c. One Writing Sample:  Requirements: Five to ten pages in length. This sample should be academic in nature and highlight your research and writing abilities. All writing samples must be uploaded electronically to the online application by the application deadline. 

d. Foreign Language Form: Students admitted to the program are required to demonstrate reading knowledge in one European language other than English. For all students this prerequisite requirement is expected to be completed by the time they receive their B.A. through completion of two years of language (through the 2C level or equivalent). Please upload this form.

Application Deadlines for Fall 2020

Fall Quarter: November 1

Winter Quarter: February 15

Spring Quarter: May 1

Three application deadlines allow for students who graduate before Spring Quarter to maintain their eligibility to apply to the program. Also, by having earlier dates (Fall and Winter), students will know sooner if they will be starting their graduate studies here at UCI.