The English Blended B.A. + M.A. Program Application Cycle Opens Feb. 15th!

The Blended (B.A. + M.A.) Program application cycle for AY 2021-22 will open on Monday, February 15! 

The Blended Program in English allows driven, high-performing students in the major to receive their Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees simultaneously on a five-year timeline, conducting graduate coursework and individualized research projects alongside our traditional M.A. students in their fourth and fifth years at Cal Poly. Students in the Blended Program also have the opportunity to apply for our Teaching Assistance Program, through which they teach first year writing courses in their final year of graduate work. For those of you wishing to take your studies farther and earn an M.A. degree in half the time it typically takes, the Blended Program is for you!

Who is eligible to apply:

English majors with sophomore or junior standing, including transfer students, who hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a minimum major GPA of 3.5 are eligible to apply. (Please note that students whose GPAs fall a little below these numbers are encouraged to submit applications, which the admissions committee will consider.) If you have any questions about your eligibility, please feel free to contact me.

Application Materials:

Applicants will submit the following materials:

  • A completed application form 
  • A personal statement / statement of purpose outlining why you wish to join the Blended Program
  • A five- to ten-page writing sample (specifically, a scholarly essay written for an English class) that demonstrates your potential as a critical thinker and writer within the major
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from an English professor (note that your recommenders will submit letter directly to me)

All application materials will be due by Friday, April 30. Admissions decisions will be announced by May 15th.

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